Antron Brown, 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion and driver of the Don Schumacher Racing-owned Matco Tools dragster, will visit Western Technical College in El Paso, Texas for the seventh consecutive year on February 25. This year, Brown will be joined by Jack Beckman, his DSR teammate and 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion and driver of the Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car.
Brown, a former college track star at Mercer (N.J.) Community College, and Beckman, a former sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and a cancer surivor, will speak to Western Tech students about education and career choices.
"I really enjoy doing these school visits through the Matco Tools Tech Ed program," Brown said. "I have been in the student's position before when I was in school at Mercer College in New Jersey. Having the opportunity to give back to these students and speak to them about their future and their career paths is something I find very rewarding. These students and mechanics are the future and it's great to meet them. I've been coming to Western Tech for seven years now and it's a great facility and a great partner of DSR."
Brown and Beckman will be at the school from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. speaking to groups of students who also will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the Matco Tools Top Fuel dragster and Infinite Hero Funny Car and speak with four crew members that work on the 10,000-horsepower nitro-fueled machine.
Since 2013, 20 students from Western Technical College have joined Don Schumacher Racing as interns in a variety of roles, including working on DSR race teams and in the fabrication branch at the DSR race shop in Brownsburg, Ind.
Allan Sharpe, President of Western Tech says, ""We are very proud of our partnership with Don Schumacher Racing. It allows our students the ability to not only learn about real world pit crew scenarios at events like this, but to have an opportunity to intern directly with DSR at races across the Nation and throughout the year."
Leo Taugher, longtime NHRA national and divisional event announcer and “Voice of the North Central Division,” passed away recently after a long illness.
Taugher began announcing at Quaker City Dragway in Salem, Ohio, his lifelong hometown. In 1977, he was part of the announcing crew for the inaugural NHRA Division III E.T. Finals, now recognized as the NHRA Summit Racing Series.
The 1978 U.S. Nationals was Taugher’s first national event, and in 1988, he was named the North Central Division’s official announcer covering special events throughout the division and emceeing the annual Land of the Winners Awards Banquet.
Taugher’s distinctive voice and vast knowledge of NHRA Sportsman racing has made him one of the favorites of racers and fans alike. Over the years, he has worked alongside greats like Dave McClelland, Steve Evans, Bob Frey, and Alan Reinhart to bring out the excitement of NHRA Drag Racing.
A racing collectibles show will take place Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Visitors can browse through nostalgic items such as hat pins, postcards, diecasts, racing apparel, and more. Race fans attending the Circle K NHRA Winternationals can ride a tram back and forth between the racetrack and the museum.
Admission is free. Parking is free after 5 p.m.
The drivers of John Force Racing will meet their fans at Mark Christopher Chevrolet in Ontario on Wednesday, Feb. 4 prior to the Circle K NHRA Winternationals. All four drivers will be at the huge Chevrolet dealership, located off Interstate 10 in Ontario, from 6-8 p.m. signing autographs and posing for photos with fans.
“We had a great test session on Phoenix with our new Chevrolet Camaro SS Funny Cars and now we are ready to get the Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season started,” said 16-time Funny Car champion John Force.
In addition to John Force, who finished No. 2 in the NHRA Funny Car standings last season, Courtney Force, Robert Hight and Brittany Force will be at Mark Christopher Chevrolet. The dealership is located at 2131 East Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA 91764, phone: (909) 545-6669.