The 7th annual Big O Tires presents the Don Schumacher Racing Open House will take place Aug. 31; this year’s theme, 330-mph Art & Technology, is expected to attract another record crowd to team headquarters near Indianapolis during the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals presented by Auto-Plus.
The free event will raise money for the Riley Children’s Foundation that supports Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health and Camp Riley through a silent auction and other donations. Riley Hospital has served as Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s hospital since 1924. The annual open house and other DSR functions have raised more than $175,000 for Riley Hospital.
Auction items range from 60-inch and 32-inch HD flat-panel televisions provided by Aaron’s to the actual front end from Matt Hagan’s Aaron’s Funny Car that was shown worldwide on the Internet and television news programs after the car exploded earlier this season at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s zMAX Dragway. A complete and updated list of silent auction items soon will be posted at ShoeRacing.com and Facebook.com/ShoeRacing.
The open house, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature DSR Professional drivers Tony Schumacher, Antron Brown, Spencer Massey, reigning NHRA Funny Car world champion Hagan, Ron Capps, Jack Beckman, and Johnny Gray.
In addition, new this year will be a motorsports art exhibit and displays of DSR’s metalworking technology.
Among the featured artists:
Thomas Patsis, a full-time DSR metal fabricator, will display his unique and creative race-themed metalwork. During the five-hour open house, Patsis will create a special piece that will be auctioned that afternoon, with proceeds going to Riley Hospital. For examples of his work, log on to ColdHardArt.com.
Bruce Tatman is a native of Dayton, Ohio, and an Indianapolis resident. The graduate of the Central Academy of Commercial Art in Cincinnati is noted for realistic illustrations of race cars. He will complete an illustration during the open house and donate it for auction.
Todd Myers, a 41-year-old native of Paris, Tenn., is an award-winning multimedia artist whose creations have been seen in fine-art galleries from Tennessee to Michigan. Myers, who studied fine art and graphic design at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., has worked as the public relations representative and creative director for Kalitta Motorsports for 11 years. Motorsports, in particular drag racing, influences can be seen in his art.
The technology aspect of the open house will allow visitors for the first time to tour the DSR machine shop, which includes high-tech machinery used to manufacture more than 200 components used on DSR Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars.
The DSR 8,000-horsepower supercharger dynometer also will be operated at various times throughout the day.
Annual crowd-pleasers include:
* Custom car show featuring the Indianapolis Hi-Winders Car Club
* A nitro cacklefest featuring several nostalgia dragsters that will rumble the ground when they ignite the fire in the pipes; among the participants will be the legendary "Jungle Jim" Funny Car
* Opportunity for fans to have a picture taken in the FRAM/Prestone Top Fuel dragster