Route 66 NHRA Nationals
Event 9 of 24 (Chicago)
Route 66 Raceway
May 31 – June 2, 2019
DSR Chicago Saturday Highlights:
- The entire Don Schumacher Racing contingent will start race day at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals from the top half of the Top Fuel and Funny Car fields
- Antron Brown blasted to the quickest pass of the final Top Fuel qualifying session to add three more bonus points to his total of five
- Tommy Johnson Jr. was the only Funny Car pilot to crack into the three-second range during Q3
- After running low E.T. during the third session, Johnson returned and made the second-quickest pass during Q4
Driver of the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat
Qualified: No. 5 (lane choice)
The Competition: No. 12 Blake Alexander
Q1: 3.940 E.T. at 325.92 MPH (Two bonus points for second quickest run of the session)
Q2: 4.013 E.T. at 316.75 MPH
Q3: 4.714 E.T. at 172.81 MPH
Q4: 3.899 E.T. at 331.28 MPH
Bonus Points: Two
“We came off the trailer with the second-low E.T. run after testing in Richmond. Then we ended qualifying with a 3.89 which keeps us in the top half of the field and I think that’s most important because tomorrow’s conditions are going to be unbelievable. It should be a cool, fast race track. We actually were going to face better conditions on Sunday than on any of our qualifying runs until we got this late Saturday rain-delayed run. I love the fact that we got test data. I feel really confident about our car. We can’t control what the cars in the other lane do. We’re getting a better handle on our car, I feel like I’m driving better, we’re getting close to that first win of the year.”
About Don Schumacher Racing:
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) is the winningest team in NHRA Drag Racing history, having claimed more than 325 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.
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