SCHUMACHER SEEKS RETURN TO WINNING WAYS GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 9, 2010 - Having recorded a couple of early round exits thus far in 2010, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will be looking to go the distance here this weekend...
SCHUMACHER SEEKS RETURN TO WINNING WAYS
GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 9, 2010 - Having recorded a couple of early round exits thus far in 2010, U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher will be looking to go the distance here this weekend in the Tire Kingdom Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. A seven-time world champion, Schumacher has been to the semifinals and quarterfinals, respectively, in the opening two races of the '10 campaign.
"It's time for us to step up to the plate and knock one out of the park," said the Chicago- area resident. "We've actually been running well despite the results to date. I fully expect us to challenge for the win come Sunday."
At both Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif. and Firebird International Raceway outside of Phoenix, Schumacher was the victim of what is known in the sport as a "Holeshot." That means he posted an identical or better elapsed time than his opponent, but was beaten off the starting line.
"The funny thing about both those races (against Larry Dixon and Steve Torrence, respectively) is that I did not cut a bad reaction time," he said. "But, those guys really stepped it up and got the job done. I'm just going to have to dig even deeper from this point forward."
Schumacher, who captured his sixth consecutive title last year, is thirsting for a victory given that he has not been to the top of the podium since the race at the Texas Motorplex last September.
"It's been a while since we collected a trophy," he added. "We're overdue to get another one for our Army Strong Soldiers. They strive for excellence every day and we should follow their lead."
With three Gatornationals wins to his credit (2004, 2007 & 2008), Schumacher is hoping a little Sunshine State magic will come his way once again.
"That would be great," he said. "Truth be told, we all love going to Gainesville. It's the traditional East Coast opener for the series and we usually race in front of a packed house.
"Also, a lot of history has been made at Gainesville Raceway since the first 'Gators' was staged in 1970. It's always been considered one of the fastest tracks on the tour, so that alone makes it attractive to us racers."