These are some excerpts from Tony Schumacher's post event press conference at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Nov. 12, 2006. Schumacher had the greatest comeback ever in NHRA POWERade Series history after coming back...
These are some excerpts from Tony Schumacher's post event press conference at the Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona on Nov. 12, 2006. Schumacher had the greatest comeback ever in NHRA POWERade Series history after coming back from 336 points down in eighth place after the Chicago event in June. He accomplished the feat of becoming 2006 POWERade Series Champion by winning the final event and setting a national time record, 4.428 seconds, on the last run of the season. This was his third consecutive and fourth overall championship.
Feelings about the race overall -- "That was a perfect run. We ended up running our teammate. To have to go out and set the record you could not have written any script or a book or wanted better than that outcome and then to pull it off. As I said a few days ago, 'Miracles don't come from coming from ahead.' Forty-five points, 46 points back this morning and a world record and everything. There has never been a better run than that one. Maybe equal, I don't know. Never bigger."
Talking about the car -- "My heart was pounding. I could hear it over the car. It was hauling butt. We were at 280 plus at half track. My visor and everything was moving on my helmet. It got down near the end and hit the rev limiter and you go oh no not now. The early numbers had to be big. You don't set world records without them being big. Perfect timing, perfect situation, perfect outcome!"
About what he needed to do to over come Doug Kalitta -- "Doug went out there and set out one of the most amazing driving records. Had he not done that we would not need the record. That was exactly what we had to do to set the stage. Had we set the record Friday night it would have eliminated everything that we just saw. I can't wait to see the race. I was the one guy to miss the race."
Thoughts about Doug Kalitta and what he told his team in preparation -- "If I couldn't win it I was praying for him to win it. I felt so bad. If Doug was out there going the rounds we couldn't do it. If we didn't do it I kept telling the guys to enjoy it.
Schumacher and Kalitta family pre-race preparation -- "We went to church. I'll bet you the only other guy there from Top Fuel was Doug. My wife, his wife, my kids, his kids were at the end watching the race. They said a prayer before the run. Great driver, great family."