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Schumacher's Top Fuel Dragster Will Pay Tribute To U.S. Army Medical Personnel At Infineon Raceway

U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will help pay tribute to the U.S. Army Medical Department (AMEDD) here this weekend in the FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals at Infineon Raceway.

Schumacher's world championship-winning U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster will sport AMEDD decals throughout two days of qualifying and on race day.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to recognize the dedicated men and women of the Army Health Care Team and to help raise awareness of the more than 80 medical career specialties available in the U.S. Army," said Schumacher.

Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Dragster
Tony Schumacher, U.S. Army Dragster

Photo by: Michael C. Johnson

The U.S. Army Health Care Team is made up of six corps, each with a specific function - Dental Corps, Medical Corps, Medical Service Corps, Medical Specialist Corps, Nurse Corps and Veterinary Corps.

"This is a terrific organization which provides plenty of incentive (through financial assistance and educational benefits) for medical-career students to join the Army Health Care Team," offered Schumacher.

Having recorded a final round appearance in Denver last Sunday, Schumacher would like nothing better than to direct his AMEDD-decaled dragster into victory lane out in Wine Country.

"That would be great," said the Chicago-area resident. "We ran really well at Bandimere Speedway, which is a challenging place with the altitude. We're definitely optimistic about this weekend and beyond."

Schumacher will take a fifth-place standing into the 13th round of the 22-race NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series. He's only 23 points out of fourth and 40 points removed from third.

"We're creeping up on everyone and we haven't even won a race yet," he said. "I guess once we start winning, we will really make our mark. Like I've been saying, I believe it's only a matter of time until that happens."

Going into the second of three consecutive races which comprise the NHRA's infamous Western Swing, Schumacher realizes the time is now to start making an impression.

"Counting Sonoma, we have only four more races before the playoffs (the Countdown to 1)," he said. "It is absolutely necessary that we begin to position ourselves for that critical stretch."

Schumacher has two career wins to his credit in Sonoma - 2007 and 2008. The latter one stands out for obvious reasons.

"That was the year we swept the Western Swing," he related. "I clearly recall walking into the winner's circle with a broom in my hand for photos. That was one of those moments you will always remember."

By: don schumacher racing

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