14th annual DSR Open House, Riley Hospital visit and Riley Funny Car
highlight Indy race weekend for Don Schumacher Racing
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 23, 2019) – Before Indianapolis-based Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) takes to the track for the 65th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals next weekend, the winningest team in NHRA history will have already achieved a major victory – raising funds for Indy’s own Riley Hospital for Children.
On Friday, August 30, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET, DSR will pull back the curtain and open the doors to its 145,000-square-foot state-of-the-art racing facility for the 14th annual DSR Open House. The annual Open House event, along with the yearly ‘This is How We Roll’ bowling function, taking place on December 11, 2019, are the team’s two major fundraisers for Riley Hospital. Since the partnership began in 2006, the largest team in drag racing has successfully raised more than $640,000 for Riley, with more than $120,000 generated from 2018’s fundraising efforts.
Prior to heading to Lucas Oil Raceway for day one of nitro qualifying at the NHRA U.S. Nationals, fans are encouraged to stop by the Open House and meet a star-studded lineup of DSR drivers, including Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Leah Pritchett, and Tommy Johnson Jr., who will pilot the Riley Kids nitro Funny Car during the weekend’s race. Since 2014, Johnson’s Doug and Terry Chandler-funded ‘giving car’ entry has donned a Riley Kids livery at the team’s hometown event, providing national exposure for the local nonprofit organization on drag racing’s largest stage.
In addition to meet-and-greets with DSR drivers at the Open House, fans will also have the opportunity to interact with Motorsports Hall-of-Fame of America team owner, Don Schumacher. There will be more than 200 custom muscle cars, vintage dragsters, and motorcycles on display. Food trucks, Starbucks coffee, and Papa John’s Pizza will be available for hungry patrons, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on rare and one-of-a-kind items in the silent auction benefitting Riley.
On Wednesday afternoon, Johnson, a resident of Avon, Ind. will join his fellow Indy-area teammates, Brown and Pritchett, along with Hagan, at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health where they will play games and meet with the facility’s patients.
Fans who are not able to attend the Open House can still support the DSR/Riley Children’s Foundation partnership. Beginning August 26th, the online link, DSRopenhouse19.givemart.com will be live accepting donations and Open House auction item bids.ABOUT DON SCHUMACHER RACING
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 335 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/Pennzoil/Sparkling Ice 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 duo is piloted by Pritchett, the 2018 Factory Stock Showdown Series champion, and former Pro Stock racer Mark Pawuk.
Photo Credit: Auto Imagery and Don Schumacher Racing