Indy ORP: Tony Schumacher Saturday notes

SCHUMACHER JUMPS INTO FOURTH SPOT INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 5 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher moved into the fourth starting position here Saturday following the second day of qualifying for the Mac Tools U.S....

SCHUMACHER JUMPS INTO FOURTH SPOT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 5 - U.S. Army Top Fuel driver Tony "The Sarge" Schumacher moved into the fourth starting position here Saturday following the second day of qualifying for the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at O'Reilly Raceway Park. After struggling through the opening two rounds of qualifying, Schumacher put down an impressive 3.855-second pass at 313.51 mph in round three and thus advanced from out of the show into the top four.

"That was more like it," said the seven-time U.S. Nationals champion. "I knew we had a very capable race car, but it just took a little bit before it came to life." Schumacher will have two more qualifying runs on Sunday before competing in the NHRA's most prestigious race on Labor Day.

"It's nice we're comfortably in the field so we can go out tomorrow and work on a race day set up," he added. "I can tell you that Monday can't come quick enough for me and the Army team."

This weekend, Schumacher is attempting to tie Don Garlits for the most career Top Fuel U.S. Nationals wins - eight. Additionally, he's looking to gain momentum for the upcoming Countdown to 1 which starts in two weeks.

"That's exactly what we want to do," he said. "We want to win another U.S. Nationals trophy and then go to Charlotte in a couple of weeks with a positive mindset." Schumacher arrived in Indy holding third-place in the standings, 54 points removed from Larry Dixon in second.

"If we can get around him this weekend, that would be terrific," he offered. "Regardless, I'm confident it's going to be a heated championship battle right to the end."

-credit: dsr

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series NHRA
Drivers Larry Dixon , Tony Schumacher , Don Garlits