TONY SCHUMACHER: "The Sarge"
Tony Schumacher, the seven-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion, takes his moniker – “Sarge” – to heart.
Schumacher, 43, who holds nearly every record in the world’s fastest and quickest form of motorsports, has proudly served as a civilian ambassador for the U.S. Army since the world’s greatest fighting force became his sponsor at Don Schumacher Racing in 2000.
The winningest driver in NHRA Top Fuel history has piloted his streamlined dragster to 73 NHRA national event titles and has been the No. 1 qualifier 72 times. His heads-up record in elimination rounds is an astounding 668-305. He is the first driver to reach 330 mph in a quarter-mile (330.23 mph in 1999) and first to hit the milestone at NHRA’s current distance of 1,000 feet (330.30 mph in 2012). He has won the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals nine times.
Schumacher and the U.S. Army team introduced a protective, enclosed cockpit canopy on its dragster midway through 2012 as part of the DSR safety initiative.
He represents the U.S. Army at high school appearances throughout the year and hosts recruits and soldiers at each of 24 NHRA events held around the country. He has met with troops at various bases in the country and at war-zone military outposts in the Middle East, and made several trips to Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C.
On the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, Schumacher traveled to Washington to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon. In December 2009, he delivered his 2009 NHRA Top Fuel championship trophy to Fort Hood and dedicated the championship to the fallen soldiers at the base from an earlier tragedy.
He has trained in all aspects of Army life, including airplane jumps with the U.S. Army Golden Knights.
He wears the colors of the U.S. Army with pride and honors the opportunity to do so.
Schumacher’s father, Don Schumacher, was a pioneer NHRA Funny Car drivers until 1974 when he retired with five NHRA event titles. Don returned in drag racing 1998 when his son began competing in a Top Fuel dragster and founded Don Schumacher Racing.
Don, whose son presented him for induction on May 2, 2013, into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, currently fields seven professional NHRA teams. DSR has won 218 NHRA events en route to earning 11 NHRA world championships.