Disease found during annual check-up.
Don Schumacher (in photo with rival John Force) underwent surgery today to treat Stage 1 Squamous cell carcinoma at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. The cancer was discovered during an annual check-up last week at the renowned medical facility.
"I will beat this," he said Tuesday after learning of the diagnosis and instantly charting a course to recovery.
"Finding this early is the key," he said from Rochester. "Thank God, I've been coming here to the Mayo Clinic for annual physicals so this could be discovered. I can't stress to everyone how important it is to get regular physicals and take care of your health."
Schumacher owns Schumacher Electric Corp. and Don Schumacher Racing, which won two NHRA world championships Nov. 15-16 at Pomona, Calif.
DSR will provide an update on his condition early next week.
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 Battery Extender Powered by Schumacher dragster driven by Spencer Massey; and in Funny Car, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Valvoline MaxLife Dodge Charger R/T, 2011 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane/Rocky Boots Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.
DSR has won 240 NHRA national event titles and 13 world championships.