Indy ORP: Tony Schumacher Friday notes

SCHUMACHER NOT QUALIFIED INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 29 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, failed to make it into the field here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly ...

SCHUMACHER NOT QUALIFIED

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., August 29 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver, Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher, failed to make it into the field here Friday following the first day of qualifying for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park.

In his only pass of the day, Schumacher smoked the tires and ended up at the bottom of the pack heading into Saturday's action.

"I guess a lot of people are surprised at that result," said the six-time U.S. Nationals champion. "Listen, we're not perfect by any means. We just overpowered the track, that's all. We have a number of opportunities left to try and make the show."

In fact, Schumacher has four more attempts over Saturday and Sunday in advance of the race on Labor Day.

"If we can't get in with five qualifying tries, we don't deserve to race on Monday," he added. "I'm confident we'll get it figured out. We've been performing too well of late to fall on our faces here in Indy."

Schumacher is currently riding a five-race win streak that dates back to the Denver event in July. He came into Indy one win short of tying Joe Amato's Top Fuel career victories record, which stands at 52.

"There's been so much attention surrounding that record," he said. "Frankly, we've got a job to do here in that we want to win another U.S. Nationals. Right now, we're not overly concerned with the history books."

-credit: dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Schumacher , Joe Amato