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Infinite Hero wins 4th race; Schumacher extends Top Fuel lead

Beckman jumps to second in Funny Car points;

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MORRISON, Colo. (July 25, 2015) – The journey up the mountain often is better than the view once you get to the peak.

This best sums up this NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing season for Jack Beckman and Don Schumacher Racing’s Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car team with funding from Terry Chandler and crew chief Jimmy Prock with assistants John Medlen and Chris Cunningham.

Consider that the first time the quartet worked together was this year’s opener at Pomona, Calif., when the team failed to qualify to race in championship eliminations.

Since then, the climb up has been steady and on Sunday at Bandimere Speedway near Denver for Beckman and the Infinite Hero team won for the fourth time in 14 races and moved to second in the Mello Yello standings.

The four wins is the most for Beckman in one season and 10 races remain.

And nothing tops beating the best.

Jack-Beckman-2015-headshot“To go out there and beat the No. 1 qualifier, the winningest driver of all time and do it at the Mopar race at Bandimere … this is just a perfect weekend,” he said.

“Jimmy is just absolutely incredible, he’s bold. Here’s the deal, we know what Jimmy is capable of, we know John Medlen’s reputation. I hope that this starts to put Chris Cunningham on the map too because I wish you could see the way they interact up there. Chris is so much more than an assistant. (Chris) and Jimmy are bouncing ideas, and John has his own computer. The harmony there is perfect.”

Team owner Don Schumacher added, “A gratifying win. It was tremendous for Jack to go out there and win this race for Mopar, for DSR and to take that Force car out in the final with John driving it.”

The win was the 258th for DSR and nearly recorded the 50th time DSR won two events at a national event but Top Fuel points leader and reigning world champion Tony Schumacher and the U.S. Army team led by crew chief Mike Green and assistant Neal Strausbaugh came within one-thousandth of a second from winning for the fourth time this year and the 81st time in his career.

“That was a great, great race,” Schumacher said. “We’ve got a great racecar and it continues to be a great racecar and that’s how you win a championship. I felt like I just nailed the tree. Nailed it, I did, but it just died at the end. It put a hole out pretty early, about 300 feet.

“But this weekend is still all positive. We leave here with an 85-point lead and we have a car that’s running great. It’s not like we’re up by 85 and trying to hold on. We have a great racecar that’s capable of winning each and every race

The Mopar Mile-High Nationals is the first of three races in three weeks that comprise the Western Swing that will include Mello Yello races at Sonoma next weekend followed by a trip to Seattle the following week.

DON SCHUMACHER RECEIVES ‘MOPAR PRESIDENT’S AWARD’
NHRA hall-of-fame drag racer, Funny Car pioneer Don Schumacher was presented the “Mopar President’s Award,” a special honor to reward the outstanding contributions by a brand ambassador that upholds the qualities and values that add to Mopar’s legacy and reputation.

Ross McGinnis, Vice President Mopar Sales & Product Development, and Tricia Hecker, Head of Mopar Marketing, had the pleasure of presenting Don Schumacher the award on behalf of Mopar President and CEO Pietro Gorlier.

The Mopar President’s Award was created to recognize motorsport pioneers and legends who have been affiliated with Mopar throughout their career.

Previous recipients of the Mopar President’s Award include Allen and Roy Johnson (2013), the man regarded as the “Father of the HEMI,” Tom Hoover (2014), and drag racing legend “Big Daddy” Don Garlits (2015).

The following are DSR results from the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals:

TOP FUEL
Event winner: Steve Torrence (Torrence Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: Larry Dixon (Bob Vandergriff Racing) 3.791 sec.-track record, 326.63 mph

TONY SCHUMACHER, U.S. Army
QUALIFIED: No. 2
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: SCHUMACHER (4.150 sec., 227.69 mph) def. Steve Chrisman (5.546, 124.64)
Quarterfinals: SCHUMACHER (3.933, 304.87) def. Clay Millican (3.963, 308.57)
Semifinals: SCHUMACHER (3.896, 315.56) def. Brittany Force (3.916, 315.71)
Final: Steve Torrence (3.925, 319.37) def. SCHUMACHER (3.940, 305.08)
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 3.879 sec., 316.90 mph, (Session 3); 3.796, 325.37, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 3.852, 320.28, (Session 1), 3.835, 316.60, (Session 2)

SPENCER MASSEY, Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher/Sandvik Coromant
QUALIFIED: No. 6
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Shawn Langdon (3.906 sec., 302.08) def. MASSEY (3.920, 317.34)
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 7.732 sec., 79.76 mph, (Session 3); 3.846, 326.24, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 7.429, 82.78, (Session 1), 3.852, 320.97, (Session 2)

ANTRON BROWN, Matco Tools/U.S. Army
QUALIFIED: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: J.R. Todd (3.968 sec., 305.56 mph) def. BROWN (3.991, 302.89)
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.389 sec., 197.91 mph, (Session 3); 4.034, 235.10, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 8.251, 82.81, (Session 1), 3.878, 311.05, (Session 2)

FUNNY CAR
Winner: Jack Beckman (Don Schumacher Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: John Force (John Force Racing) 4.015 sec.-track record, 318.09 mph

JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 3
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (4.587 sec., 270.92) def. Todd Simpson (6.287, 114.09)
Quarterfinals: BECKMAN (4.124, 302.48) def. Matt Hagan (4.391, 228.11)
Semifinals: BECKMAN (4.184, 295.44) def. Alexis DeJoria (redlight false start)
Final: BECKMAN (4.190, 293.92) def. John Force (4.291, 258.98)
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.672 sec., 186.05 mph, (Session 3); 4.192, 298.67, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 4.035, 313.73, (Session 1), 7.612, 79.50, (Session 2)

MATT HAGAN, Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 6
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: HAGAN (4.235 sec., 303.712) def. Del Worsham (4.221, 292.39)
Quarterfinals: Jack Beckman (4.124, 302.48) def. HAGAN (4.391, 228.11)
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.124 sec., 309.34 mph, (Session 3); 4.065, 310.20, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 11.248, 78.98, (Session 1), 4.093, 305.22, (Session 2)

TOMMY JOHNSON JR., Make-A-Wish 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 4
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: JOHNSON (4.497 sec., 246.34 mph) def. Chad Head (4.665, 118.18)
Quarterfinals: Tony Pedregon (4.216, 279.56) def. JOHNSON (4.694, 190.83)
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 5.390 sec., 137.18 mph, (Session 3); 4.731, 175.05, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 5.168 sec., 148.17 mph, (Session 1), 4.049, 310.05, (Session 2)

RON CAPPS, NAPA AUTO PARTS 2015 Dodge Charger R/T
QUALIFIED: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Cruz Pedregon (4.157 sec., 287.11 mph) def. CAPPS (4.205, 299.93)
QUALIFYING
SATURDAY: 4.235 sec., 262.49 mph, (Session 3); 4.346, 218.16, (Session 4)
FRIDAY: 7.257, 85.96, (Session 1), 4.078, 312.24, (Session 2)

2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO TOP FUEL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Unofficial after Denver; 14 of 24 races; DSR drivers in CAPS)

DRIVER (WINS) POINTS BEHIND
1. Tony Schumacher 1,126 —
2. Antron Brown 1,041 – 85
3. Larry Dixon 920 -206
4. Doug Kalitta 880 -246
5. Richie Crampton 848 -278
6. Spencer Massey 788 -338
7. Brittany Force 762 -364
8. Shawn Langdon 748 -378
9. Steve Torrence 728 -398
10. JR Todd 703 -423

2015 NHRA MELLO YELLO FUNNY CAR CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(Unofficial after Denver; 14 of 24 races; DSR drivers in CAPS)
DRIVER (WINS) POINTS BEHIND
1. MATT HAGAN 1,083 —
2. JACK BECKMAN 938 -145
3. John Force 891 -192
4. RON CAPPS 879 -204
5. Del Worsham 868 -215
6. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. 855 -228
7. Cruz Pedregon 782 -301
7. Tim Wilkerson 782 -301
9. Alexis DeJoria 731 -352
10. Robert Hight 703 -380

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields seven professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel world champion Matco Tools dragster driven by Antron Brown and the Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 258 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

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