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Dave Despain talks to Tony Schumacher


Corona, CA (Monday, July 14, 2015): Dave’s guest this Sunday night, July 19 at 8:30pm ET is superstar drag racer Tony “The Sarge” Schumacher, known for his intense personality and buzzcut hairstyle. In this interview, Schumacher doesn’t back off from Dave’s penetrating question style, revealing his precise mental approach to one of the world’s most dangerous motorsports. It’s not easy becoming a legend in a sport which has produced  many great names such as Don Garlits or Joe Amato in the NHRA’s elite Top Fuel Class, but Tony Schumacher has done that and more.

“When I’m strapped into the U.S. Army car and the light comes on, the only thing I’m going to be worried about is hitting the gas and getting down the racetrack,” said Tony Schumacher.

Schumacher has won an astonishing eight Top Fuel championships including 2004-2009 consecutively as well as capturing the 2014 title. Truly living up to the adage ‘pedal to the metal,’ in 1999 he became the first driver ever to exceed 330mph in competition, and in 2005 set a world record for the fastest ¼-mile top fuel run of 337.58mph at Brainerd, Minnesota.

On Sunday, July 12, 2015, Schumacher regained his lead in the 2015 NHRA Top Fuel Championship chase with a victory at his home track in Joliet, IL, beating teammate Anton Brown in the Top Fuel final eliminations Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.

Schumacher was born in on December 25, 1969 and lives in Chicago, Illinois. He is the son of former funny car driver Don Schumacher and drives for his father’s multi-team organization.

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