DON SCHUMACHER SELECTS SHAUN CARLSON TO DRIVE SECOND MOPAR PRO STOCK DODGE INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2006) - Following weeks of evaluation of a number of candidates and two days of testing two drivers at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Don ...
DON SCHUMACHER SELECTS SHAUN CARLSON TO DRIVE SECOND MOPAR PRO STOCK DODGE
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 4, 2006) - Following weeks of evaluation of a number of candidates and two days of testing two drivers at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Don Schumacher has selected 31-year-old Sport Compact ace Shaun Carlson to drive the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus in the Pro Stock class of the 2006 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.
"Shaun brings a whole new perspective and image to our Pro Stock team," said Schumacher. "He's young, hip and energetic and has demonstrated a strong ability behind the wheel of not only a Sport Compact car but a Pro Stock car as well. I'm delighted to have him join our team."
Carlson, of Alta Loma, Calif., drove a 2003 Dodge SRT-4 in the NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Series, is a two-time winner in that class and has finished in the top five in each season from 2003 to 2005.
Known for his innovation in FWD Drag Racing, Carlson made his NHRA Pro Stock debut in 2004 at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, subbing for an injured Darrell Alderman in the Winternationals event.
He is also the 2002 Xbox Cup champion in the NOPI Pro Outlaw class and president and founder of NUFORMZ, a 10-year-old company servicing the Sport Compact marketplace.
Carlson joins Richie Stevens Jr. as teammate on DSR's two-car Pro Stock team, each of which is tuned by the legendary Bob Glidden, and will continue making test runs in the Dodge Stratus this weekend in Las Vegas.
"I am really excited about driving for Don Schumacher Racing this season," said Carlson. "I am also looking forward to working with Richie Stevens and Bob Glidden. This is definitely a great opportunity for me to advance in my career, and I hope to bring Bob Glidden and Don Schumacher great results."
"We're proud to have Shaun expand his role with Mopar, to include that of NHRA Pro Stock driver," said Kevin Miller, Senior Manager, Brand Strategy and Performance for Mopar.
"We're looking forward to having Shaun join Richie Stevens Jr., Allen Johnson and the expanded Mopar Pro Stock contingent in competition this season. I believe that this team will help Mopar expand on its authentic motorsports presence and give us yet another avenue to showcase our racing endeavors."
SRT is the performance face of Dodge vehicles. A passion for performance has been in Dodge's blood for over 50 years, from the HEMI®-powered muscle cars of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s to the radical development of the Prowler and Viper in the 1990s. The best of Chrysler Group's extensive motorsports engineering expertise, legendary Dodge motorsports group development team, and Mopar performance parts engineers have combined to form the foundation for SRT as we know it today.
ABOUT DON SCHUMACHER RACING:
Don Schumacher Racing includes nine professional NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series teams: the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster driven by Tony Schumacher; the Skull Gear/Torco Race Fuels Top Fuel dragster steered by Melanie Troxel; the Matco Tools Iron Eagle Dodge Funny Car of Whit Bazemore; the Mopar/Oakley Dodge Funny Car piloted by Gary Scelzi; the Brut Dodge driven by Ron Capps; two U.S. Army Pro Stock Motorcycles for Angelle Sampey and Antron Brown; and two Pro Stock cars: the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus driven by Richie Stevens Jr., and now the Team Mopar/SRT Dodge Stratus steered by newcomer to the team Shaun Carlson.