Goodyear Racing IRP roundup

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- Tony Schumacher and five other drivers roared to victory on Goodyear tires during the NHRA's 2003 MAC Tools US Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The wins give Goodyear teams a total of 96 final round ...

CLERMONT, Ind. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- Tony Schumacher and five other drivers roared to victory on Goodyear tires during the NHRA's 2003 MAC Tools US Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

The wins give Goodyear teams a total of 96 final round wins in national events, the best total in the tire industry in NHRA competition.

Schumacher piloted his family-owned dragster to his third victory in the sport's biggest race and became only the third driver to win the event in consecutive years. He recorded a personal best time in the final round when he defeated Darrell Russell. Schumacher rocketed down the quarter-mile strip in 4.498 seconds, recording a speed of 328.54 mph. It was the best pass of the event.

The other Goodyear-shod winners included the cars driven by Tim Wilkerson (Funny Car), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock), Morgan Lucas (Top Alcohol Dragster), Rickie Smith (Pro Mod) and Larry Pritchett (Competition Eliminator).

Wilkerson beat Johnny Gray in the Funny Car final. He turned in the quickest ET of the event in the class, with a run of 4.829 seconds. Anderson got his eighth win of the season, beating Kurt Johnson in the final.

Lucas put together a great run in the final of Top Alcohol Dragster. He recorded a better reaction time, quicker ET and had a higher speed at the end. It marked the third time Lucas has won in four final-round appearances in national events.

Rickie Smith's '63 Corvette narrowly edged Von Smith in the Pro Mod final. Rickie Smith won by a margin of .0104 of a second.

Larry Pritchett became the first back-to-back Comp Eliminator winner at Indy since Don Carlton did the double in 1975-76. Pritchett won both his Indy titles on Goodyear tires.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Kurt Johnson , Tony Schumacher , Greg Anderson , Tim Wilkerson , Johnny Gray , Morgan Lucas , Rickie Smith , Larry Pritchett