Indianapolis: Schumacher to continue battle for points

Indianapolis, Ind. (Sept 29) After winning his third race of the 2000 season in Brainerd, Minnesota, Tony Schumacher has battled back to 24 points behind Gary Scelzi for the Winston Championship points lead as teams prepare for the prestigious...

Indianapolis, Ind. (Sept 29) After winning his third race of the 2000 season in Brainerd, Minnesota, Tony Schumacher has battled back to 24 points behind Gary Scelzi for the Winston Championship points lead as teams prepare for the prestigious U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Schumacher is not only coming off a win in his last start, but he will also be unveiling his newly sponsored dragster as they attempt to defend their 1999 Winston Top Fuel title.

"I am very happy that we were able to give Exide a win in my last race driving for them," said Schumacher, "they are still a supporter of our racing effort and Melanie (Troxel) will do a great job for representing them."

The U.S. Nationals has special significance for Schumacher as several important events have taken place during the biggest race on the NHRA tour. Not only did Schumacher's father, Don, win this race 30 years ago driving a funny car, but Schumacher himself went to the final round in his first U.S. National appearance only to lose to Cory McClenathan.

"My dad won this race and last year we took the points lead for good at this event," said Schumacher, "Indy just has a special meaning for everyone involved in this sport."

"No matter what class of car you drive, everyone wants to win this one."

The unveiling of Schumacher's new colors will take place at a press conference on Friday in the Schumacher pit area. All media personnel are invited to attend.

TNN will broadcast the U.S. Nationals qualifying and eliminations. Check local listings for times.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi , Cory McClenathan