Greetings NHRA.com readers! I’m happy to once again say… it’s race week! Those are my favorite kind of weeks, don’t you agree? Luckily we didn’t have to wait too long for this one. I know everyone based in Indy is ready to get back to the warm weather and racing this weekend and I am too.
What a weekend in Pomona. It felt so good to be back at the race track. It was odd not to have Don there with us but he was staying up to date with everything via ESPN3, texts, and phone calls. I answered a lot of questions about how he is doing and he is still doing well and looking forward to being back at the race track soon. Thank you all for your well wishes via tweets and Facebook posts, it is very appreciated!
It was kind of a wild start for Matt Hagan’s team. On Friday night his engine suffered a big BOOM and he became the first driver to test out the new 2015 Dodge Charger R/T in an engine explosion. The body stayed intact very well, but the fire was so hot it melted just about everything on the car – carbon fire, wiring – you name it. The team worked well into the night (morning!) to get the car ready for qualifying on Saturday.
It was very rewarding to see all of their hard work pay off and get four win lights on Sunday. DSR had a fantastic showing in Pomona with Matt and Ron Capps in the final and their Top Fuel teammate Antron Brown in the final round as well.
After not qualifying for Pomona, Jack and the Infinite Hero team traveled to Phoenix for a test session. It was a productive one for the team led by Jimmy Prock. They made four passes, gained valuable data and they are ready to get after it at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park this weekend.
Quick little fun fact for you, as I was flying out of the LAX airport on Sunday night after the race, Kim Kardashian and Kayne West and their daughter strolled right by me, they were still in their black-tie outfits straight from the Grammy’s! I wasn’t aware you were supposed to wear your gown to the airport so I guess I’m going to have to step it up in the future! LOL!
Back to our own stars now….Antron Brown escaped the cold a few days early and has been down in Orlando for the annual Matco Tools Expo where he debuted the 2015 Matco Tools scheme with more than 1,400 names of Matco distributors on the car. It is a beautiful car and I can’t wait to see it on track this weekend. He also did a Twitter takeover on the Matco Tools account where we learned that he would rather vacuum than wash dishes, his favorite movie is Gladiator and if he could do a ride swap with anyone in motorsports it would be Lewis Hamilton. That Antron…never a dull moment!
If you follow me on social media you saw that I spent my Valentine’s weekend with my family, my boyfriend Chad and our close family friends the Brown’s celebrating the wedding of Courtney and Aaron. It was a beautiful wedding and we had such a great time.
That’s all for now. We’ll keep you updated with all the happenings from Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park on Twitter (@MeganFessSchu and @Shoeracing).
Let’s go get a couple more Wallys!
Greetings NHRA.com readers! This is it! This is time next week, we’ll smell the nitro, be covered in tire rubber and enjoying every bit the NHRA season opener at Pomona. The offseason has really flown by but I think we are all ready to get the season going and defend our Top Fuel and Funny Car titles.
The DSR shop has been non-stop since everyone returned from testing. Every aspect of DSR has put in the extra hours the last couple of weeks. The machine shop, fab shop, graphics team and all of the crew guys have been burning the midnight oil But I am happy to say that the final touches have been put on all of our cars, the haulers are wrapped and we even got a couple new Freightliner trucks to cruise down the road this year. There would be no better reward for all of their hard work than getting the Funny Car and Top Fuel trophies right off the bat at Pomona.
Let’s do a quick recap on testing. It was kind of hit or miss for some of our teams but all of our crew chiefs came back to the shop in Brownsburg with more knowledge and a set plan to start off the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello season, so all in all, it was a successful test.
For me, I’ve been working with the amazing folks at Make-A-Wish, Terry Chandler and our Brownsburg-based team on getting everything planned out to make this another special season for the Wish Kids that will join us at events across the country.
Between that and the day to day work with Red Fuel and Schumacher Electric, it has been pretty busy for me as well. I’m looking forward to this Super Bowl weekend where I will spend it in Florida with my mom and Don. I must admit, I might be more excited about the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet than I am the Super Bowl…. Just maybe. Be sure to tweet me @MeganFessSchu on Sunday and let me know your pick for the Super Bowl!
In the middle of all of the hustle and bustle, we did take some time in the last week to do some fun things. Last Saturday, we hosted the Pack 377 Pinewood Derby in our shop. It adds a little extra excitement for the kids to be racing their cars amidst our Top Fuel dragsters and Funny Cars. Congratulations to Aden Craig for winning 1st place overall. It really looked like everyone had a lot of fun!
Then on Thursday, Antron Brown pulled off a special surprise for Hunter. Hunter wanted see the DSR shop and meet Antron for his 5th birthday and that’s exactly what he got. Hunter showed up and Antron surprised him, took him all over our shop, introduced him to the Matco Tools team and I’m pretty sure Hunter left with a few extra birthday gifts from Antron. What a fun experience for him! He was speechless.
That’s been our week, so that’s all for now. I’ll be back to recap all the happenings in Pomona. Hope to see you all at the season opener. We’re ready! Are you?
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!