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TORRENCE READY FOR THE ROAR
Two-Time Champ Back in Competition for First Time Since February
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – After a four-and-a-half-month hiatus during which he got married, celebrated a birthday, reconnected with friends and family and focused his energy on Torrence Land and Cattle Co., the business to which he likely will gravitate once his racing career is done, Steve Torrence climbs back into the cockpit of his Capco Contractors dragster this weekend as the Top Fuel favorite in the E3 Spark Plugs Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway.
“When you’re racing every week, there’s only so much you can do,” Torrence said, “so the time off was good from that respect because we got to do a lot of things we wouldn’t have done otherwise. We got to do things on the ranch, working cattle, a little team roping, boating, lots of outdoor stuff that my wife Natalie and I both enjoy.
“Ropin’ has become one of my passions,” he admitted. “Going head-to-head with...
E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals
Event 3 of 18
Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
July 11-12, 2020
After a four-month hiatus due to COVID-19, drag racing’s winningest team is focused on picking up right where they left off. Don Schumacher Racing closed out the last event (NHRA Arizona Nationals, Feb. 2020) with 347 race wins and looks forward to becoming one of the first organizations in the motorsports industry to...
After over three months away from the racetrack AMALIE® Motor Oil Top Fuel team owner and driver Terry McMillen is ready to get back to racing at the upcoming E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park this week. His team, led by crew chief Rob Wendland, used the downtime effectively to streamline his organization and also maximize the newfound family time. McMillen and Wendland have a strong relationship and have put...
Pre-Race Team Kalitta Notes
Event 3 of 24: 2020 NHRA Nationals
Lucas Oil Raceway Park
July 11-12, 2020
Doug Kalitta, enters the event as the Top Fuel Mello Yello points leader after his third consecutive Winternationals victory and a runner-up finish in Arizona. Top Fuel teammate Shawn Langdon and Funny Car teammate J.R. Todd will be looking for strong performances as the NHRA season restarts.
NHRA® Team Report
NHRA Nationals - Indianapolis
It's been close to two "off seasons" since NHRA racing temporarily halted, but Cruz Pedregon and team are ready to get back on the track in Indy near their home base of Brownsburg. The team hasn't been idle, according to Cruz who is one of the few nitro racers to knock the rust off by taking his California Charger down the Lucas Oil Raceway track for six runs last month.
"It felt good to be in a nitro car and on a track again but getting the Snap-on Dodge® out there this weekend will feel even better," Cruz says. "I've been in the shop every day, working with Nick (Casertano), Eric (Lane) and the team to plan our strategy with the new qualifying format.
"With two fewer qualifying runs, you'll see us following a more conservative and consistent plan since we won't have as much data to assess before race day. Even though things will be different for drivers, teams and fans, we're pumped and ready for NHRA...
Kalitta Motorsports to Use Clean Harbors to Protect
Trailers and Teams from Coronavirus
YPSILANTI, MI (July 7, 2020) – As the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series restarts the weekend of July 11-12 at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Indianapolis multi-time NHRA world championship team Kalitta Motorsports will be partnering with Clean Harbors, (NYSE: CLH), North America’s leading provider of environmental and industrial services, for all its infectious disease prevention and...
TEXAS MOTORPLEX TEAMS WITH CHRIS KYLE FROG FOUNDATION
FOR SPECIAL INDEPENDENCE DAY TICKET OFFER
ENNIS, TEXAS (June 29, 2020) --- The Texas Motorplex, home of the historic AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals, held October 14-18, is teaming up once again with the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation to offer military and first responders free tickets to the annual NHRA national event. Last year during Memorial Day Texas Motorplex made a special ticket offer and this year they are renewing the promotion on July 4th weekend. The “Buy a Ticket, Give a Ticket to a Military or First Responder” campaign will also once again be supported by two-time NHRA Top Fuel World Champion and long-time Chris Kyle Frog Foundation supporter Steve Torrence.
“Last year it was amazing to provide these heroes and their family a fun day at...
Cory McClenathan to Return for NHRA Indy Double-Header with DSR
McClenathan returns to DSR for a two-race ‘redemption tour’ at NHRA’s back-to-back Indianapolis events BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 24, 2020) – Top Fuel veteran Cory ‘Mac’ McClenathan will return to Don Schumacher Racing for a two-event ‘redemption tour’ at the upcoming NHRA Indianapolis double-header at Lucas Oil Raceway next month. McClenathan, who had previously announced his drag racing retirement in 2019, is excited to temporarily rejoin NHRA’s...
The winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history returns for the series’ two July Indianapolis events with Global Electronic Technology on-board
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (June 22, 2020) – Tony Schumacher, the winningest Top Fuel driver in NHRA history, will make his highly-anticipated return to the dragstrip when the 2020 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season resumes next month. The eight-time world champion will be back behind the wheel of a Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel dragster to...
AAA Texas Fall Nationals Expects Championship Field In October -Wide Variety of Classes Makes Motorplex Event One of Biggest of Season-
ENNIS, TX (June 18, 2020) --- The world renowned Texas Motorplex will be celebrating its 35th year of showcasing the fastest sport in the world, the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, and following the reorganization of the NHRA schedule the event will feature additional classes along with the traditional playoff atmosphere. Tickets for the October 14-18, NHRA AAA Texas FallNationals are on sale now following a highly successful renewal period and until July 1st each order will receive a commemorative 35th anniversary coin. As one of the last four races of the season title hopes are on the line and fans will be thrilled with exciting racing action.
McMillen Uses Downtime Away For Track to Rescue Dogs
Elkhart, IN (May 28, 2020) --- Since the postponed AMALIE® Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals Terry McMillen has been staying busy in his race shop with crew chief Rob Wendland but in his down...
GOVERNOR ABBOTT EXPANDS CAPABILITIES FOR MOTORSPORTS VENUES
- Enumerated list of Covered Services in executive order allows 25% fan capacity -
ENNIS, TX (May 22, 2020) --- This afternoon Governor Greg Abbott by virtue of executive order expanded the enumerated list of Covered Services in Executive Order GA-23. The order allows outdoor motorsports events to operate at up to 25 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the venue owner and operate under guidelines that facilitate appropriate social distancing. Pursuant to that order the Texas Motorplex will allow fans to attend the Keurig Dr Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection starting tomorrow. Fans will be charged $15 per car and can order tickets online now.
ENNIS, TX (May 13, 2020) --- The Texas Motorplex will be one of the first sporting venues in the state to host events following Governor Abbott’s new directives on public gatherings and sporting events. The Keurig Dr Pepper Lone Star Nationals presented by Driven Automotive Protection, a primarily participant only event, will be held May 21-23. The event will be an opportunity for race teams to test as well as race for one of the largest cash purses ever offered to Alcohol Funny Cars and Dragsters. The Mid-West Pro Mods will also be competing showing off their 200 mph door-slammer speed.
“First we want to assure everyone that we are taking all necessary safety...
Terry McMillen Offers Fans Personal Mother’s Day Shoutouts
Elkhart, IN (May 1, 2020) --- Terry McMillen, the 2018 U.S. Nationals Top Fuel champion, is offering fans the opportunity to have him send a special message to their mom this Mother’s Day. Through the CAMEO™ Marketplace, which lets fans book a personalized video shout-out from their favorite athlete, celebrity or entertainment personality, McMillen will make himself...
DSR Drivers Join Global Superstars in Fight for COVID-19 Relief
DSR is the first NHRA team to join the renowned ‘Athletes for COVID-19 Relief’ fundraiser
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 28, 2020) – Don Schumacher Racing, a leader in motorsports cause-related marketing programs, has joined more than 100 professional athletes and sports organizations to support the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) by participating in the...
Huge Fan Support Powers Terry McMillen to VRHRA Championship
Elkhart, IN (April 24, 2020) --- Born the day after the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals was postponed, the Virtual Reality Drag Racing Association was the brainchild of CompetitionPlus.com founder and publisher Bobby Bennett and his staff. The goal was a four-race fan vote series. Soon after the beginning of this endeavor Bennett contracted Covid-19 and his staff...
DSR/DSM Partner with Stratasys to Aid in the Fight of COVID-19 Pandemic
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 31, 2020) – Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and Don Schumacher Motorsports (DSM), DSR’s manufacturing arm, are proud to join the fight to help protect our nation’s brave health care workers on the front lines that are tirelessly treating patients seeking medical assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In response to the growing need for supplies, DSM has teamed up with Stratasys, a global leader in additive manufacturing or...
Busy Race Week Ahead for NHRA Champ Ron Capps
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 24, 2020) – Don Schumacher Racing’s Ron Capps is gearing up for a busy few days of on-track competition, all from the comforts of his own home. By participating in three iRacing events occurring this week, the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Funny Car world champion will have the opportunity to showcase his virtual racing skills through...
Robinson sets Diesel 1/8-mile elapsed time record at 4.10
DIBOLL, Texas – “Hunting Season” means a lot of things to many different people over the winter months but, for diesel racer John Robinson, horsepower was the quarry.
Not of the ordinary gasoline, methanol or nitro variety – Robinson’s Power Service Diesel Additives-backed dragster utilizes a 390-cubic-inch Cummins Diesel for power. The Weatherford, Texas, driver’s hunting efforts were rewarded as he recorded the quickest 1/8-mile elapsed time with a 4.10-second pass at 181 mph at the recently completed Funny Car Chaos Texas Nationals at Pine Valley Raceway near Lufkin, Texas, on an exhibition pass.
Robinson, who owns and operates Texas Diesel Power in Weatherford, did his “hunting” at the proven grounds of renowned diesel engine builder Dan Scheid of Scheid Diesel. Their efforts rewarded them with a gain of 280 hp and 140 ft/lbs of torque from their last dyno session, with...