SCHUMACHER DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM VETERANS POMONA, Calif., November 9, 2010 - He never lacks for motivation but U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will certainly have a little extra in the tank here this weekend when he takes...
SCHUMACHER DRAWS INSPIRATION FROM VETERANS
POMONA, Calif., November 9, 2010 - He never lacks for motivation but U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will certainly have a little extra in the tank here this weekend when he takes to Auto Club Raceway for the Auto Club of Southern California Finals.
"While we're going after a world championship, let's not forget it's also Veterans Day," said the Chicago-area resident. "I drive for the U.S. Army and we want to make sure we properly honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. We're targeting a race win and, hopefully, another Full Throttle trophy."
Schumacher, who is pursuing his seventh consecutive world title and eighth, overall , heads for the 2010 season finale holding second-place in the standings, 85 points removed from Larry Dixon. He knows an uphill fight remains in the final round of the Countdown to 1.
"There's no question everything will have to go right for us to win it again this year," offered Schumacher. "We are aware that there is nothing easy about what's in front of us. But, we know there's still a chance and that's all you can ask for as we approach the last race of the season. We know it's still very much out there."
After capturing his sixth victory of the year two weeks ago in Las Vegas, Schumacher quickly placed himself right back in the hunt. He sliced 69 points off Dixon's lead and in the process moved around his Don Schumacher Racing teammate, Cory McClenathan, in the standings.
"We have a reason to show up in Pomona," he said. "I'm sure it's going to be a real battle to the very end. It's yet another weight of the world moment for the U.S. Army team. Of course, we've been down this road before."
Schumacher is definitely familiar with miracle finishes. In 2006, he had to win the last race of the year and set a national elapsed-time record to claim the title over Doug Kalitta. Then, a year later at the Auto Club of Southern California Finals, he came from 65 points down to win his fourth straight crown.
"I guess you could say this thing is our specialty," said Schumacher."There's no question we are a long way off, but we still have a shot. We have a great race car and you never know what can happen as a result. All we can do is to go out to Pomona and do the very best that we can. That's what our Army Strong Soldiers expect from us."
Schumacher is tied with Don Garlits for the most Top Fuel career wins at Auto Club Raceway - six. Four of those came in the fall event.