INDIANAPOLIS - September 1, 2000 - With the backdrop of an Apache helicopter, the United States Army unveiled its latest attack vehicle today at the Indianapolis Raceway Park - but what they revealed was not a tank or helicopter. It was "The...
INDIANAPOLIS - September 1, 2000 - With the backdrop of an Apache helicopter, the United States Army unveiled its latest attack vehicle today at the Indianapolis Raceway Park - but what they revealed was not a tank or helicopter. It was "The Sarge" - a 25-foot, 6000-horsepower, 330 MPH NHRA Top Fuel dragster.
The Army has partnered with 1999 NHRA Winston Top Fuel Champion Tony Schumacher and the Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel Team to launch its return to the NHRA racetrack after a more than 20 year hiatus from racing. With their eye on winning the 2000 Winston Top Fuel Championship, the Army, the Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel Team and "The Sarge" are blazing a historic trail into racing history - adding to the Army's four-time championship accolades. "We're thrilled to be partnered with the hottest talent in racing today," said Colonel Kevin Kelley, Director of Advertising and Public Affairs, Army. "With four NHRA championships to our name we have a strong heritage in NHRA racing - and we're committed to winning. We're going to make a very strong run for the Winston Top Fuel Championship this year. And that run continues today, right here at the NHRA US Nationals." Tony Schumacher, the son of drag racing legend Don Schumacher, currently holds the Winston Top Fuel Championship, and was the first driver to shatter the 330 MPH speed barrier. With 11 years of racing under his belt, Schumacher is one of drag racing brightest rising stars. "Running for our second championship is every bit as important as winning our first," said Tony Schumacher. "We feel like we have the best race team possible, and we've joined with the Army to complete our team. Out here, racing is battle - and we have the perfect partner." "The Sarge" will make its debut at the NHRA US Nationals, the biggest and most prestigious race on the NHRA circuit. The large, 500 cubic inch TFX aluminum hemi engine delivers blazing acceleration - from 0 - 200 MPH in 2.2 seconds. Measuring 25 feet of aluminum and steel, "The Sarge" is all Army.
"This unprecedented partnership is just one example of how the Army is redefining itself and the way it does business," said Col. Kelley. "For instance, this is a fresh, exciting way to apply our technology expertise - from aerospace design to our mechanical engineering capabilities."
As part of the landmark partnership - negotiated by Starcom Sports Marketing - the Army will bring its own flavor to NHRA racetracks around the country, both on and off the track. As Tony Schumacher and "The Sarge" make each racing appearance, they will be accompanied by the Army Training Center - a special interactive area for race attendees featuring a rock-climbing area, safe combat training games, a special show vehicle, and other events and activities. In addition to the on-site excitement, Tony Schumacher will be making special appearances at local schools, along with local Army dignitaries.
The NHRA US Nationals will be broadcast on TNN on September 4, 4 - 6 p.m. (EST). For more information, go to nhra.com, tonyschumacher.com, or goarmy.com.