BROWNSBURG, Indiana (December 12, 2018) – California natives Jack Beckman, Ron Capps and Leah Pritchett watched in horror as their state suffered tremendous devastation due to the Camp and Woolsey Fires that consumed large portions of Northern and Southern California last month. Not ones to sit idly by, the three Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) drivers with California roots felt compelled to take action and provide support for their home state.
Beckman, Capps and Pritchett have assembled items to be auctioned off via DSR’s eBay page, with all proceeds benefiting Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization whose mission is to improve the lives and health of people affected by poverty, or emergencies such as the California wildfires. The auction will go live at 6:00 p.m. EST tonight, December 11, and will close at 6:00 p.m. EST on December 18, ensuring the winning bidders will receive their items in time for the Christmas holiday.
Up for auction are autographed crew shirts from all 11 of Pritchett’s 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series entries. Beckman has crafted a 2019 Jack Beckman VIP race experience package, while Capps hopes to raise funds for the affected communities by donating NAPA Racing crew shirts from his four 2018 liveries.
Beckman, Capps, and Pritchett urge race fans from around the country to visit the DSR eBay page and rally among those struggling with the aftermath of the fires. LINK TO BID: https://www.ebay.com/str/donschumacherracing
“My 95-year-old grandma is one of the evacuees, so it does hit very close to home. To have so many people who have lost everything, I can’t even put myself in their position, and then, of course, the tens of thousands of people who were displaced by this, it’s just unimaginable. We’ll never be able to make people whole again, but anything we can do to help ease the situation in any way, we’re willing to do.”
– Jack Beckman, driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat; Lifelong California resident, currently residing in Norco, California
“As someone who has seen wildfires first-hand, I can’t even imagine what our fellow Californians are going through after the destruction of the latest fires. Seeing and hearing about the devastation and the loss that many of those residents have gone through, with some of them losing everything they worked for their whole lives, it makes your heart hurt. I am grateful to be able to have the chance for us to help in any way we can. Please put it in your heart to bid on these great items we’re putting up to help these communities recover from the wildfires.
– Ron Capps, driver of the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat; Lifelong California resident, currently residing in Carlsbad, California
“When we first decided to help those devastated by the fires, we initially were going to donate clothes. We all have so many branded items in new or like-new condition that we thought would be of use to those who have lost everything. I asked my Instagram followers for help in recommending which charity we should donate to, and the response was overwhelming and informative – so many of those commenting let us know that there are so many clothing donations already and it would seem that those suffering would be best served by monetary assistance, which led us to do an auction instead.
“We know these items that we’re auctioning off have value to someone, somewhere. I wore 11 different crew shirts last year, and I’m glad my team’s ever-diverse rainbow of crew shirts will be used to help those afflicted. During this time of giving, I hope this opportunity makes its way to some enthusiastic fan looking to make a difference, at any level.”
– Leah Pritchett, driver of the MOPAR/Pennzoil Top Fuel dragster; born and raised in Redlands, California, currently residing in Avon, IndianaAbout Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed 333 NHRA national event titles and 17 world championships since opening its doors in 1998.
Headquartered in Brownsburg, Indiana, DSR fields seven professional teams competing in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. In Top Fuel, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown, the Mopar/Papa John’s Pizza/Pennzoil/FireAde dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher’s machine. In Funny Car, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat driven by 2016 world champion Ron Capps, the Mopar Express Lane/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat piloted by Matt Hagan, and in Terry and Doug Chandler’s ‘giving cars,’ 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, and Tommy Johnson Jr. behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish Dodge.
DSR also campaigns two Factory Stock Showdown entries. The Sportsman duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery via Don Schumacher Racing, Driver photos: NHRA