Baytown: Tony Schumacher preview

SCHUMACHER MOTIVATED BY VISIT TO FORT KNOX BAYTOWN, Tex., March 24 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher always wants to win races for the Soldiers and after a visit to Fort Knox last week he's more determined than ever to...

SCHUMACHER MOTIVATED BY VISIT TO FORT KNOX

BAYTOWN, Tex., March 24 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher always wants to win races for the Soldiers and after a visit to Fort Knox last week he's more determined than ever to break into the win column here this weekend at Houston Raceway Park.

"Any time I get a chance to experience the preparation and training our Soldiers go through, I get such a huge adrenaline rush," said Schumacher as he prepped for the O'Reilly Spring Nationals. "Our Army Strong Soldiers are such an inspiration, you just can't imagine. We're going to try real hard to get a trophy for them this Sunday."

Given the opening three races of the 2009 season, Schumacher could clearly use a get-well weekend. Having recorded a semifinal round defeat and a pair of quarterfinal round losses, the six-time world champion is currently fifth in the standings.

"We're making progress," he added. "We've got a few things to iron out, but I'm confident it will happen sooner than later. Mike Green (his crew chief) and the guys want to win as badly as anyone. They're certainly not happy with where we're at. Hopefully, this weekend we can bust out in a big way."

Schumacher, who captured the 2005 version of the O'Reilly Spring Nationals, enjoys the challenges HRP presents to the drivers and crew chiefs.

"The track really benefits from some incredible atmospheric conditions because of its proximity to the bay," he said. "You get cool air that's fed in and then you make good power. You really have to walk a fine line with your tune up as it relates to the track surface and the air temperature."

In addition to his victory in 2005 at HRP, Schumacher has four other final round appearances to his credit along with one pole.

"I'm pumped up and ready to go," he said. "I can't wait to get down to Houston."

-credit: dsr

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