NHRA Driver
Tony Schumacher
Schumacher
  • Date of birth:
    December 25, 1969
  • Hometown:
    Long Grove, Ill.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    U.S. Army dragster
  • Crew Chief:
    Mike Green
  • Career Wins: 73
    TF: 73
  • Career Final Rounds: 125
    TF: 125
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.736
  • Career Best Speed:
    330.23
Career Highlights
  • 2013; Raced to three victories; Appeared in in six final round appearances; Was the No. 1 qualifier at Pomona 1; Qualified for all 24 events
  • 2012: Ended winless drought at Bristol that dated back to 2010 season; won U.S. Nationals for ninth time, tying Bob Glidden for most Indy wins; finished second in points standings, as he came up just short of winning the championship title; posted four No. 1 qualifying positions; qualified for all 23 events; posted career-best performances for time and speed
  • 2011: Raced to seven final-round appearances; Claimed six No. 1 qualifying positions; Finished fifth in points standings; In Countdown playoffs had one final and two No. 1 qualifying positions; Set national speed record at 327.90 mph at Charlotte 2
  • 2010: Finished second in Full Throttle Series standings; Raced to six victories in eight finals; Earned two wins during Countdown playoffs; Set national record speed of 325.61 mph at Las Vegas 2; Qualified No. 1 three times, including twice in playoffs
  • 2009: Won sixth consecutive and seventh overall NHRA Full Throttle Series world championship; First driver in NHRA history to win six consecutive TF championships; Became eighth driver in NHRA history to notch 500 round-wins; Became first driver in TF and fifth in NHRA history to win 60 races; Won prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis for the eighth time in his career, tying Don Garlits for most all-time in TF; Clinched championship during semifinal round of Auto Club Finals when Larry Dixon was defeated by Spencer Massey in the pair right ahead of him; Named First-Team All-America by the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association; Finalist for the Jerry Titus Award as top driver in motorsports from American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association
  • 2008: Won fifth consecutive and sixth overall Full Throttle Series world championship; First driver in NHRA history to win five consecutive TF championships; Moved past Joe Amato to become the all-time Top Fuel wins leader; ranks sixth in victories among all NHRA pro drivers; Established Top Fuel records for most championship titles (6), career victories (56), season wins (15), consecutive wins (7), consecutive final rounds (11), most final rounds (18), consecutive round wins (31); Tied all-time NHRA record for wins in a season (15, Greg Anderson in 2004) and elimination round wins in a season (76, Greg Anderson in 2004); Raced to 15 victories in 18 final round appearances in 24 events; His eliminations round winning percentage was 90%; Won prestigious U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis for the sixth time in his career; Swept the Western Swing; only the sixth driver in NHRA history to accomplish the feat; Raced to nine No. 1 qualifying performances; Clinched championship during qualifying at penultimate race (Las Vegas 2); Named the third quarter DRIVER OF THE YEAR for major motorsports in North America; Won the prestigious season DRIVER OF THE YEAR award; only the third NHRA driver to earn this honor (John Force 1996 and Greg Anderson 2004); Won Jerry Titus Award as top driver in motorsports from American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters for the second time; Named Economaki Champion of Champions winner for the second time
  • 2007: For second season in a row, Schumacher delivered what seemed impossible, clinching yet another world championship title with final pass of final race of the year; Won fourth straight World Championship, a POWERade Series Top Fuel record; Won fifth title overall, tying for first all-time in TF (Joe Amato) and sixth all-time (all classes); 12 No. 1 qualifiers makes 47 for career, up from 12th to eighth on the all-time list (all classes) and within nine of Joe Amato (56) for first all-time in Top Fuel; Moved up from tied for 11th to tied for ninth with Larry Dixon and Angelle Sampey on career wins list, with six wins (41 for career)
  • 2006: Earned his third consecutive and fourth overall POWERade Series championship; Won championship in dramatic fashion by winning last race and setting national E. T. record on final pass of season; Defeated Doug Kalitta by 14 points; Set national E.T. record at 4.428 seconds at Pomona 2; Broke his own single-season record for most No. 1 qualifying positions (13); Joined Joe Amato as only NHRA Top Fuel drivers to win three straight championships; Overcame poor start to the season and rallied back from a 336 point midseason deficit to win the championship; Tied “Big Daddy” Don Garlits for fifth with 35 victories on NHRA Top Fuel wins list; Earned five victories in eight final rounds; Won the prestigious Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for fifth time in his career; Named the winner of the Fourth Quarter Driver of the Year award
  • 2005: Earned his second consecutive and third overall world championship title; Set elapsed time and speed world records (4.437 seconds, 336.15 mph); Clocked the fastest speed in NHRA history (337.58 mph); Set single-season record for consecutive victories (5) in Top Fuel; Set single-season record for consecutive final rounds (7) in Top Fuel; Set single-season record for consecutive round wins (20) in Top Fuel; Set Top Fuel single-season record for most No. 1 qualifying positions (11); Won the $100,000 Budweiser Shootout for the first time in his career
  • 2004: Earned his second NHRA POWERade Top Fuel world championship; Set the NHRA single-season record for Top Fuel victories (10); Won the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for the fourth time; Four of his victories came at NHRA’s biggest events: Winternationals, Gatornationals, U.S. Nationals and NHRA Finals; Impressive finish included winning six of eight finals in last 11 races; Earned two No. 1 qualifying awards; Earned 60 elimination round wins during the season, which ranks sixth best all-time; Led the POWERade points standings following 21 of 23 events; Posted his sixth consecutive POWERade Top 10 points finish
  • 2003: Won four events including the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals for the third time; late season run moved him from eighth in POWERade points to third; overcame spectacular qualifying crash to win Memphis event; closed the season with four consecutive No. 1 qualifying awards; advanced to five final rounds in last eight races of season; clocked national record time of 4.441 seconds at Reading; clocked six of the top 10 quickest times in NHRA history; runner-up in Budweiser Shootout, the quickest side-by-side race in Shootout history
  • 2002: Won at Indianapolis for second time in his career; Recorded top speed at six events
  • 2001: Clocked career-best speed; Recorded fastest speed in NHRA history at 333.08 mph at Reading; Finished in the top 10 for third time in career
  • 2000: After missing two events due to injuries sustained from crash in Memphis, advanced to the final round at Pomona 2; Won a career-best four events in 10 final-round appearances; Led the category with the top speed at eight events; Debuted U.S. Army sponsorship at Indianapolis and won the event; Had three No. 1 qualifying positions
  • 1999: NHRA Top Fuel champion; Won first-ever Top Fuel final round in his ninth career attempt; Qualified for all 22 national events; Became the first NHRA driver to eclipse the 330-mph barrier (330.23) at Phoenix
  • 1998: Finished 15th in the standings despite competing at only 13 events; Advanced to final round at Houston 2
  • 1997: Two runner-up finishes and competed in first full season on the circuit
  • 1996: Went to the final round in his first NHRA national event (Indianapolis)

Personal
  • Wife: Cara
  • Sons: Anthony Joseph (9/27/01), Michael Donald (10/28/03)
  • Daughter: Jacqueline Susan (9/15/05)
  • Height/weight: 5´8´´, 158 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Hockey, fly-fishing, golf, racquetball, flying radio-controlled helicopters, and riding his Harley-Davidson motorcycle
  • Son of Funny Car pioneer Don Schumacher, owner of Don Schumacher Racing

 
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