Tony Schumacher and Austin Prock join host Brian Lohnes on this episode of the NHRA Insider podcast. The two returning Top Fuel standouts have a lot to say about the 2022 season to be, the way that their teams will attack preseason testing in Phoenix, and what it means to be back as sponsored drivers who know they have a full season in front of them.
Schumacher, the winningest driver in Top Fuel history, is candid in his remarks about his expectations for 2022, and he is definitely motivated to show the world that his Top Fuel return is not simply for his own entertainment. Schumacher talks about what it will take to chase a championship, working with a new team and crew chief, and the singular focus Don Schumacher Racing will have on his Top Fuel car, a potential benefit to him.
Prock had his career interrupted by COVID-19 and doubted at times that he would ever drive again. In this frank discussion, he talks about the down times, the work he put in as a crewmember of the John Force Racing operation, the meaningful nature of his return, and how he will make good on the promise we all saw out of him during his rookie season in 2019.