BECKMAN TO RETIRE DSR-1 CHASSIS AFTER TOPEKA NORCO, Calif. (May 19, 2010) - The in-house Don Schumacher Racing DSR-1 Funny Car chassis that debuted in 2008 with the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger team and driver Jack Beckman will...
BECKMAN TO RETIRE DSR-1 CHASSIS AFTER TOPEKA
NORCO, Calif. (May 19, 2010) - The in-house Don Schumacher Racing DSR-1 Funny Car chassis that debuted in 2008 with the Valvoline/Mail Terminal Services Dodge Charger team and driver Jack Beckman will be retired after this weekend's 22nd annual NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, Kan. Beckman and crew chief Rahn Tobler would like to give it another victory before sending it off to pasture.
"We're having a big retirement party in our pits and we want to send this retiree out with a win and its initials are DSR-1," said Beckman, who has won five national events with this chassis since 2008.
"DSR used to purchase the Funny Car chassis from chassis builders and our goal was always to have our own in-house chassis shop and, because of the rotation of the Funny Car teams getting brand-new chassis, it just so happened that the very first DSR-1 chassis went to our team.
"So, we got the first win for our in-house chassis program in Reading in 2008, which I thought was pretty cool. This car has been front-halved twice, which we do every 100 runs, and it's due to be cycled out. It will become a show car; I'm not sure it's ready for museum status yet.
"Starting in Chicago (June 4-6), we will have a brand-new chassis. We would love to add to DSR-1’s success rate before retirement with a win in Topeka."
After Topeka, the 2010 NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series will have one weekend off before embarking on a seven-race trek in eight weeks. "Topeka is the calm before the storm," added Beckman, who has one win so far this season. "These back-to-back races are really taxing on the crew and the parts. We have one week off, then we go four in a row after that, then one week off and three in a row.
"Topeka is going to serve as the warm-up before the big swing. And now that we're getting in the thick of the hot part of the year and the meat of the schedule, we're knocking out well over a third of the races in a short period of time.
"You really want to maintain momentum. With a final and a semi in the last two races we're starting to get a lot more confident in our tune-up. We hope Topeka serves as that continuity. We can phase out the other car, keep our tune-up in great shape, win a race or two in this stretch, and then be poised for a fantastic Countdown sequence, where we can win one or two of those races and get the championship."
In his nine Funny Car victories in 19 final rounds, Beckman has never won at Heartland Park Topeka.