Greetings everyone and Happy New Year!
Like so many of you, I am so excited for the 2015 NHRA season and I can’t wait to get it started. It seems like it’s been forever since we crowned my brother Tony and Matt Hagan champions at the 2014 season finale in Pomona.
January might be the busiest month all around at DSR headquarters in frigid Brownsburg, Ind., but we aren’t letting the cold stop us. Everyone enjoyed a few days off around Christmas and New Year’s Day but since everyone returned on Monday it has been busy, busy, busy!
There is non-stop action in the shop right now. The guys in the machine shop are cranking out parts and we just got a couple of new interns from Western Tech in the fab shop to help out for a few weeks. It seems like every day the folks from SD Enterprises show up with a freshly painted 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car. We also have a great group of guys from TKO Graphics that wrap all of our haulers with fresh new 2015 looks.
In the front office, our team is printing decals for the cars and tow vehicles, preparing updated driver bios, information and new press releases and we are adding new items to our eBay store daily! Right now, we have just a few Infinite Hero Foundation Challenge Coins left, some crew shirts and an Antron Brown Matco Tools “Tools for the Cause” fire suit and all of the proceeds will go to Susan G. Komen. Check it out here: http://www.ebay.com/sch/shoe_racing/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
The teams are doing their final preparations before heading south for testing and they get more anxious by the day. I’m not sure if they are more excited to get out of the cold or to finally be able to see all of their hard work from all winter long come into action. I know some of the guys are leaving early so they’ll be able to catch the College Football Playoff National Championship between the Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes. DSR’s PR guy Jeff Wolf has been sporting his Ohio State gear all season long so I guess I’ll support Jeff and his Buckeyes!
Speaking of football, the buzz around the office all winter long was DSR’s Front Office NFL Pick’em League. You know us, we can’t not compete just because our cars aren’t racing! I have to pick on the guys in the office because out of all of them, the only girl in the competition won it! Congrats to my friend and DSR’s social media expert Leah Vaughn on beating out all the boys. Well done!
Anyway, back to racing! Next weekend’s annual PRO Winter Warm-up in Florida will feature all seven of the DSR cars next Friday and Saturday. It is such a fun event and I can’t wait to smell some nitro again, it feels like it has been too long!!
My mom, Don, and I had a great Christmas before I took a quick vacation with my boyfriend Chad and his family at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. Other than that, work at Schumacher Electric has been keeping me busy and our Red Fuel battery chargers are now for sale online at http://www.schumacherproducts.com/. I wouldn’t get very far if I didn’t have my Red Fuel with me to charge up so I can keep you all updated.
I’ll check in with you all from testing in the middle of next week. Until then, it’s back to final preparations so we can see you all there!
Thanks for reading!
With my friend and DSR social media guru, Leah at the DSR Christmas party.
Greetings NHRA.com blog readers! Wow, what a week it has been for everyone at DSR headquarters in cold and partly snowy Brownsburg, Ind.
Let’s go back to last week when I told you all about the Riley bowling event we were hosting. It was such a great turnout and we were so happy that Eddie Krawiec, Andrew Hines, Leah Pritchett and Shawn Langdon joined DSR drivers Antron Brown, Spencer Massey, Jack Beckman and Tommy Johnson Jr to help raise funds for Riley.
We raised more than $10,000 for Riley and that amount coupled with our Open House we raised more than $60,000 for them in 2014 and more than $300,000 in the last 10 years. Incredible!!
Last Thursday, I came into town for our annual DSR Christmas party at the JW Marriott. It is so much fun seeing all of our employees and their loved ones, enjoying a fun night in downtown Indy. Probably my favorite part of the night was watching the end of the year slideshow/video that Kyle Cunningham puts together. He puts together videos of every win, fun photos from the pits and he even put clips of Don’s fishing adventures in there which is always fun to watch!
This week it was photo shoot week as I’m sure you’ve probably seen on all of our social media outlets. If not, head on over to the DSR Facebook and Twitter feeds and you’ll get a peek at Ron Capps’ NAPA Car, Spencer Massey’s Red Fuel Powered by Schumacher dragster and Matt Hagan’s Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T. Photographer Mark Rebilas captured some amazing studio shots that have us all ready to get 2015 started.
Tony had his U.S. Army dragster photo shoot earlier this year and that scheme is in hiding for a little while longer, along with Antron Brown’s 2015 Matco Tools paint scheme. We can’t show you everything just yet… there has to be a bit of surprise for the beginning of the season!
All of the trailers have been stripped and are in the process of getting re-wrapped for the 2015 season and the teams are almost ready for the NHRA Pro-Winter Warm-up on Jan. 16 and 17.
This just a quick entry because I’ve been busy wrapping up end of the year meetings at Schumacher Electric and getting everything ready for 2015. I’ll check in with you all after the holidays.
From the Schumacher family to yours, let’s all have a happy, healthy and fun time in 2015. Thanks for reading!
Hello NHRA.com readers! Although the calendar still reads 2014 we are well into the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello season at our shop.
If you’ve been following us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ve seen that the Red Fuel team of Spencer Massey, the Mopar team with champ Matt Hagan and the NAPA team have been in Florida for a little pre, pre-season testing. Tommy Johnson Jr. took the reins on the NAPA car while Ron Capps is on his annual “Cruising with Capps” fan cruise in Mexico!
I am very happy to report that all three teams had a successful test session with the highlights being Spencer’s team not smoking the tires on any of their runs and Matt’s Dickie Venables-powered Funny Car with the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T body posted the quickest unofficial 1,000-foot pass at 3.954 seconds at 323.97 mph. Whoa!
The biggest highlight of all was when Don was able to come out and watch our cars for a couple of hours. Don is doing well, his spirits are high and he is working hard at his recovery. I just want to take a second and say a sincere thank you to all of the fans who have posted on our Facebook and Twitter, or even sent a get well card to our shop. Don truly appreciates it and I’ve kept him in the loop with all of the messages and even your own stories of success.
This week might be one of the busiest of the year for us. Aside from our usual duties at the shop, Wednesday night we have a bowling tourney where all proceeds will go to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. You may remember that Tommy Johnson Jr. ran a Riley Funny Car in Indianapolis and our annual DSR Open House raised a record $42,058 this year pushing our total fundraising efforts for Riley past the $280,000 mark. I can’t wait to see how the bowling tourney goes and how much more money we raise for such an awesome organization.
There are still a few lanes available at Western Bowl in Indianapolis and you can bowl with Antron Brown, Tommy Johnson Jr., Jack Beckman or Spencer Massey! Other drivers who are attending are Shawn Langdon, JR Todd, Cruz Pedregon, Andrew Hines and Eddie Krawiec. For more information on how you can be a part of the fun give Vanessa a call at our shop (317-858-0356).
On Thursday, we will head to downtown Indy and the JW Marriott for our annual Christmas party with all of our employees. We have a lot to celebrate on Thursday night and I can’t wait to see everyone.
The big PRI show is in Indy this week and we have some appearances to tell you about. Antron Brown and Tommy Johnson Jr. will be at the TMS booth #2430 on Thursday from 10 -11 a.m., and 11 a.m.-noon, respectively. If you’re in town stop in and tell them hello!
You’ll also want to stop by the Hurco booth where they will be machining heads and the Matco Tools dragster will be on display. The U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster will be in the champions display as well.
One last special nugget of information for you all is a good one… We’re so excited to share with you that my brother Tony Schumacher will be on Fox and Friends in the 6:30 a.m. ET half hour on Wednesday. Be sure to tune in or set your DVR to see the Sarge spread the NHRA love on Fox and Friends, and maybe get into a friendly battle with the hosts on the practice tree!
I’ll check in with you all very soon. Next week will be busy with most of the drivers in town for 2015 photo shoots!
As always, thanks for reading!
At the banquet with my mom, Don, and boyfriend Chad.
Greetings NHRA.com friends! The season has officially ended and boy do we have a fun but busy offseason ahead of us. I want to rewind a little bit and talk about our Pomona weekend because it was such a huge weekend for all of us at DSR.
First of all I just want to say how extremely proud I am of my brother Tony and the U.S. Army team who won their 8th championship on Saturday at Pomona. It was such a great season for Tony, Mike Green, Neal Strausbaugh and the entire team.
We couldn’t celebrate a lot on Saturday night because we had a full day ahead of us on Sunday. Matt Hagan and the Mopar team had more than a round on John Force heading into Sunday’s eliminations but they were on opposite sides of the ladder. When Matt won the semifinal round on Sunday, they sealed the deal and went on to win the event over John. It truly was icing on the cake for Matt and the Mopar team who worked so hard this year.
If you’re in the Virginia area, stay tuned for details on a championship party that Matt and his family are hosting in December. We are ironing out all the details on that and will let you know more in the coming weeks!
On Monday after the finals, we all traveled to L.A. for the banquet and our big celebration. It is fun seeing everyone, especially our crew members, all cleaned up and dressed up.
NHRA does an amazing job on the banquet and you all can watch the ceremony here: http://nhra.com/story/2014/11/19/2014-awards-ceremony-show/.
Please take a moment and watch Matt and Tony’s speeches. Matt was definitely himself and Tony does an incredible job. I also have to give a shout out to Andrew Hines and Erica Enders. They both are great role models and did an outstanding job on their speeches.
After the ceremony concluded we spent a few hours dancing the night away before we said our goodbyes for the season. I’ll be seeing our employees and crew members periodically through the offseason and am already looking forward to our Christmas party in December.
Once the teams got back from Pomona, the offseason hustle and bustle began. The U.S. Army haulers are already stripped and ready for a new look in 2015. The 2015 Dodge Charger R/T’s are arriving and being prepared by our awesome team in the fab shop, the guys in the machine shop are cranking out parts for 2015, our graphics department with Aaron and Ted are busy printing out decals and installing them and before too long the drivers will be in the shop for photoshoots!
It truly is the busiest time of the year for everyone back at the shop but we will all take a couple days off this week to celebrate Thanksgiving.
We have a lot to be thankful for this year and I hope everyone spends some quality time with their families and loved ones.
One last thing I want to tell you about is our upcoming bowling tournament for Riley Hospital for Children. It’s being held on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at Western Bowl in Indianapolis and is open to the public. All proceeds will to go Riley and it is such a fun opportunity for fans to mingle with the drivers. If you have questions on how you can participate, call Vanessa at 317-858-0356.
That’s all for now. I hope you all have a great (and safe!) holiday weekend.