Indianapolis: Schumacher No. 3 after first day of U.S. Nationals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: MIKE DeLILLE 847-778-6444 Schumacher No. 3 after first day of U.S. Nationals Indianapolis, Ind. (Sept. 1): Tony Schumacher came to the U.S. Nationals with a full agenda. One that included the unveiling of a new...

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Schumacher No. 3 after first day of U.S. Nationals

Indianapolis, Ind. (Sept. 1): Tony Schumacher came to the U.S. Nationals with a full agenda. One that included the unveiling of a new sponsor as well as running down Gary Scelzi for the points lead as he defends his 1999 Winston Top Fuel title.

In front of a full hospitality area, Schumacher unveiled his new U.S. Army sponsored Top Fuel dragster with the help of the Sergeant Major of the Army, Jack Tilley. Both briefly addressed the media and other members of the U.S. Army staff on the multiyear commitment the U.S. Army has made with Don Schumacher Racing to battle for the 2000 Championship as well as working with America's youth to educate them on career opportunities the Army can offer.

Schumacher and his teammates then got down to business as they are trying to capture their second straight Winston Championship. The opening day of the U.S. Nationals has one qualifying session and with the heat of the summer, a good pass down the historic quarter mile can mean a chance to capture a top qualifying spot.

Paired with points leader, Scelzi and with the Army's Col. Kevin Kelly standing with starter, Rick Stewart, Schumacher blasted off a 4.665 e.t. at 316.60 mph which put him in the No. 3 spot.

"This has been quite a day for all of us," said Schumacher, "the Army has shown great support of our efforts and are committed to helping us retain our championship trophy."

"We took the points lead here last year and we would definitely like to leave here with it again."

Teams will have two qualifying runs on Saturday and two Sunday before starting final eliminations on Monday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Gary Scelzi