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Schumacher Remembered as True Legend in the Sport of Drag Racing

Thursday, 21 December 2023

The International Hot Rod Association staff passes on their condolences to the family of Don Schumacher and looks back on an amazing career in drag racing.

Schumacher, who made his mark as one of the best Funny Car racers of the early 1970’s and later became one of the sport’s most successful car owners, died Tuesday night. He was 79. 

Schumacher went 5-0 in IHRA Funny Car final rounds with Bristol Dragway the site of some of his greatest wins. He won back-to-back IHRA Spring Nationals in 1971-72 and the All-American Nationals in 1972. He also won the 1971 IHRA Nationals in Dallas and the 1971 U.S. Open Nationals at Rockingham.

Famous for his Stardust Dodge, he won nine NHRA national events, including the 1970 U.S. Nationals, and the 1973 AHRA World Championship. He stepped away from racing to focus on the Schumacher Electric family business before returning as a team owner in 1998.

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His Don Schumacher Racing teams captured 367 NHRA national-event wins and 19 world championships. His son, Tony Schumacher, became the most successful NHRA Top Fuel racer in history with 86 wins and eight world championships.

Don Schumacher was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2007, the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2013 and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2019.

A true legend in the sport, Don Schumacher is remembered as a great racer, car owner and an incredible champion.

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