Sunday, April 23, 2017

DSR: Infinite Hero Funny Car with Beckman take another step with semifinals finish in NHRA SpringNationals near Houston


HOUSTON (April 23, 2017) - Jack Beckman and Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car team took a big step Sunday when it advanced to the semifinal for the first time this season in the 30th annual NHRA SpringNationals at Baytown, Texas.

Although Beckman lost to Don Schumacher Racing teammate and eventual event winner Ron Capps, Beckman appreciates strides taken by his team led by crew chiefs John Medlen, Dean Antonelli and Neal Strausbaugh.

"Today was our first semi of the year so it's a nice feeling to start going deep into Sunday," Beckman said. "It's no fun to go out second round and start loading up.

"But you know, they give us 24 shots at winner a trophy each year. It's going to be more important during the Countdown that is the last six races, but boy you don't want to just keep burning Sundays and leaving without a trophy.

"The light at the end of the tunnel is we made several good runs in a row here. We made three solid runs in qualifying."

The Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car was consistent throughout qualifying with its last three runs ranging between 3.907 and 3.931 seconds with speeds at 327 mph on each. The 3.907 earned Beckman the No. 6 qualifying spot that will pair him in the first round with Don Schumacher Racing teammate and NHRA Mello Yello Series points leader Matt Hagan.

In round one Sunday, Beckman went into tire smoke down the track but his 4.224 (222.62) was enough to get passed Hagan's 5.142 who also lost traction.

Then during the second round, Beckman clocked a 3.897 (329.18) that was low of the round and eliminated John Force.

In the semifinals, Beckman lined up against Ron Capps but dropped a cylinder right at the hit of the throttle allowing Capps got the round win and later the event title.

"We stumbled first round but we didn't miss it by much," said Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champion. "We came back and ran low ET of second round. And then on our last run something bit us that doesn't normally happen. It put a cylinder out right at the step of the throttle.

"We've just got to figure out what's enough fuel to make it move fast and not too much that it floods out a spark plug. So at least we won't have long to hold our heads down.

"We'll drag this thing out to Charlotte for the Four-Wide Nationals, try to remember how to stage with three cars next to you but it only takes three rounds there to leave with the trophy."

The NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series travels next weekend to the unique Four-Wide Nationals where four cars race at once for a sensory overload of 44,000 horsepower. 

"That place has been pretty good to me in the past. I'm pretty comfortable there. I think now we're starting to get more and more data. We got several more (laps) this weekend so there's a silver lining. We're going to be in good shape."



FUNNY CAR
Event winner: Ron Capps (Don Schumacher Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing), 3.851 sec., 330.23 mph - track records

JACK BECKMAN, Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, Neal Strausbaugh
QUALIFIED: No. 6
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (4.224 sec., 222.62 mph) def. Matt Hagan (5.142, 162.12)
Second round: BECKMAN (3.897, 329.18) def. John Force (4.134, 273.39)
Semifinals: Ron Capps (3.926, 325.37) def. BECKMAN (6.126, 114.85)
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.871 sec., 161.07 mph, (Session 1); 3.931, 327.11, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.921, 327.03, (Session 3); 3.907, 327.90 (Session 4)
Career at Houston: Wins 0; Runner-ups 3 (2015, 2014, 2009); Poles 1 (2015)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS
(Official after Houston; 5th of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)

         Funny Car                                                        
  1.     MATT HAGAN (2)                  400       -----
  2.     RON CAPPS (1)                     398         -2
  3.     John Force (1)                        371        -29
  4.     TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1)   357        -43
  5.     Robert Hight                           301        -99
  5.     Courtney Force                      301        -99
  7.     JACK BECKMAN                  282      -118
  8.     Jonnie Lindberg                      235     -165
  9.     J.R. Todd                                222     -178
10.     Jim Campbell                          211     -189


About Infinite Hero Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues - mental and physical - facing returning military heroes and their families.  The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.  For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown; the Papa John's Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 300 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.


FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988

Saturday, April 22, 2017

DSR: Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge qualifies No. 6 near Houston, faces DSR teammate, points leader Hagan in first round Sunday


HOUSTON (April 22, 2017) - Jack Beckman believes the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charge R/T Funny Car is on its way to predictability.

"The whole thing is that we have to get our car predictable," Beckman said. "Once it becomes predictable it becomes consistent, once it becomes consistent you step on it and it becomes a quick car.

"We don't want to be a Russian-roulette car that goes up there and makes one hero run and then smokes the tires on the next. I love what we've done so far this weekend."

Beckman and the team funded by Terry Chandler with crew chiefs Neal Strausbaugh, Dean Antonelli and John Medlen were consistent in qualifying with its last three runs ranging between 3.907 and 3.931 seconds with speeds at 327 mph on each. The 3.907 earned Beckman the No. 6 qualifying spot that will pair him in the first round with Don Schumacher Racing teammate and NHRA Mello Yello Series points leader Matt Hagan.

"We were a little aggressive on Q1 and sensible on Q2 and we got quicker," Beckman said. "We went 3.93, 3.92 and 3.90, so right now we feel like we have a good tune-up for a warmer track.

"(Sunday) will be a different story. We'll be racing in cooler conditions, almost like Maple Grove (in Pennsylvania) when we race there in the fall. If it's like that, we'll lock up our notes from this weekend at Houston and turn everything up tomorrow."

Beckman and the team have extra incentive. They want to bring home a win for Chandler, who is currently at home recovering from surgery.

"We love Terry and want to do well for her."

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 qualifier: Courtney Force (John Force Racing), 3.851 sec., 330.23 mph - track records

JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, Neal Strausbaugh
QUALIFIED: No. 6
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Matt Hagan
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 4.871 sec., 161.07 mph, (Session 1); 3.931, 327.11, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.921, 327.03, (Session 3); 3.907, 327.90 (Session 4)
Last event at Las Vegas (March 31-April 2): Qualified No. 5, lost in quarterfinals to event finalist Jonnie Lindberg
A year ago at Houston: Qualified No. 12, lost in semifinals Tim Wilkerson
Career at Houston: Wins 0; Runner-ups 3 (2015, 2014, 2009); Poles 1 (2015)


About Infinite Hero Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues - mental and physical - facing returning military heroes and their families.  The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.  For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown; the Papa John's Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 300 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

   
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

DSR: Beckman, Infinite Hero team travel to Houston with added incentive to get team leader Terry Chandler their first trophy of the season


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 19, 2017) - The Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car piloted by Jack Beckman and sponsored by Terry Chandler want a long day on Sunday when they compete in the NHRA SpringNationals near Houston in the fifth race of the 2017 season.

"I wouldn't bet against our Infinite Hero Foundation team," Beckman said. "I wouldn't be surprised if we were able to take our first trophy from Houston. But I'm looking at this as a long process that's going to culminate at the Finals in Pomona. We're just going to keep picking away at this thing until we're satisfied by the predictability of the car."

Beckman, the 2012 NHRA Funny Car world champion with Don Schumacher Racing, has advanced to the championship round three times and most recently in 2015.

So far this season, the Infinite Hero Foundation team has been traveling on a learning curve with a newly assembled team led by crew chiefs Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh. After the national event in Las Vegas two weeks ago, the team stayed on Monday for a test sessions to get a better understanding of their hot rod.

"It's going to take us 30 more runs to truly get a good understanding on the clutch package and the tune-up changes that our car needs relevant to what we ran last year," Beckman said. "Now keep in mind, last year we won two races and were in contention for the championship and we still weren't as good as we were in 2015, when we won seven races.

"Sometimes it's just that little one-tenth of 1 percent that makes all the difference. I think that's what keeps fuel racing interesting from the driver and crew standpoint; it's that pursuit of perfect. You're never going to be perfect in a fuel car but our goal is to be close to that."

Beckman said the Infinite Hero Foundation team looks for a win in Houston as not only their first win of the season but also a win for their sponsor Terry Chandler.

"It's not like you ever need any extra motivation or incentive to win a race. It's not like you don't try your hardest every single time you go out there. But for our team, it's a bit bittersweet."

Chandler, who also funds DSR's Make-A-Wish Funny Car, is recuperating at home after surgery two weeks.

"This is going to be the second race in a row where Terry isn't going to be standing on the starting line. I know it must be tearing her apart to not be up there with her teams when her cars run. There's nothing that can make that better until the day when she's back out here on the starting line than to send her a trophy."


About Infinite Hero Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues - mental and physical - facing returning military heroes and their families.  The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.  For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown; the Papa John's Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 300 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jeff Wolf (wolfj@shoeracing.com), 702.524.1368
Leah Vaughn (vaughnl@shoeracing.com), 618.516.1988



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Monday, April 3, 2017

DSR: Beckman advances to quarterfinals at NHRA Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

LAS VEGAS, (April 2, 2017) - The Infinite Hero Foundation team, funded by Terry Chandler, wanted to capitalize on the consistent racecar it had in qualifying but fell short of that goal in the quarterfinals of the 18 th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"Wow, tough day for us," Beckman said. "You have no control over the ladder and your opponents. We've won some races where we just had four killer cars in the other lane against us. Today it looked like we had a favorable side of the ladder if there was one and we just didn't capitalize on it."

In the opening round of Sunday's eliminations, Beckman faced Cruz Pedregon. Beckman's Funny Car went into tire smoke and he slowed to a 7.322-second lap at 90.06 mph. But, Pedregon left early and was disqualified with a redlight start.

Beckman then faced the nitro rookie, Jonnie Lindberg. Beckman got off the starting line first but his car dropped a cylinder and Lindberg, who advanced to a final round for the second straight race, drove around him when Beckman slowed to a 4.096 (312.42).

"Second round it dropped a cylinder the instant I stepped on the throttle. The thing still ran OK, but it's down 1,200 horsepower at that point. Tough deal, we'll have to figure it out.

"We're going to stay and test tomorrow. We're going to test some clutch stuff, we're going to test our backup race car and we're going to figure out why it did what it did and do our best to make sure it doesn't happen again."

Las Vegas marks the fourth race of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series season. In two weeks, the NHRA teams will travel to Baytown, Texas, near Houston for the SpringNationals.

JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T

Crew chiefs: John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, Neal Strausbaugh

Qualified: No. 5

SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS

First round: BECKMAN (7.322 sec., 90.06 mph) def. Cruz Pedregon (redlight)

Second round: Jonnie Lindberg (4.017, 325.32) def. BECKMAN (4.096, 312.42)

QUALIFYING

FRIDAY: 8.661 sec., 71.92 mph, (Session 1); 4.351, 223.28, (Session 2)

SATURDAY: 3.921, 327.03, (Session 3); 3.886, 329.18, (Session 4)

2016 Las Vegas 1: Qualified No.1, lost in second round to Chad Head

2016 Las Vegas 2: Qualified No. 1, lost second round to Courtney Force

Career at Las Vegas 1: Wins 0; Runner-ups 0, Poles 1( 2016)

Career at Las Vegas: Wins 1 (2006); Runner-ups 2 (2012, 2009); Poles 2 (both in 2016)



      Funny Car                                              

1. MATT HAGAN (2)                368      -----

2. TOMMY JOHNSON JR. (1) 324       -44

3. John Force (1)                       314       -54

4. RON CAPPS                        275       -93

5. Courtney Force                     218     -150

6. JACK BECKMAN                205     -163

7. Robert Hight                         201     -167

8. Jonnie Lindberg                   183     -185

9. Jim Campbell                       180     -188

10. J.R. Todd                             170     -198

Saturday, April 1, 2017

DSR: Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge team continues to improve, will start Las Vegas eliminations with best starting spot


LAS VEGAS (April 1, 2017) - Despite a tricky racetrack, Jack Beckman and Terry Chandler's Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T team overcame challenges to earn the No. 5 seed for eliminations in Sunday's 18th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

"The thing with this car, is we're trying to make it predictable," Beckman said.

"If you have a predictable car, you have a consistent car. Then you start leaning on it and you have a fast car, right now I think our predictability is coming to where we need it to be."

The racetrack gave crew chiefs headaches on Friday under unexpected cool conditions. In the second session, Beckman pedaled his way to a 4.351-second time at 223.28 mph, which usually would be near the bottom of the field. But the pass was second best and earned Beckman two bonus points.

On Saturday, the Infinite Hero team, led by crew chiefs Neal Strausbaugh, Dean Antonelli and John Medlen, returned to the track to see sunny skies and feel warmer weather.

Beckman ran a 3.921 (327.03) to open the day then improved to 3.886 (329.18) during the final session to earn the No. 5 position. He will race former world champion Cruz Pedregon on Sunday in the first round.

"We've had to phase in some new clutch disks," Beckman said. "Your inventory gets depleted and you have to work in new ones. We're going to face the same thing three races down the road but if we keep making good decisions like we've done with these two new disks, it should be a pretty seamless transition.

"The better thing is, I think we've got a car we can race with on Sunday."


JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T

Crew chiefs: John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, Neal Strausbaugh
Qualified: No. 5
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Cruz Pedregon
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 8.661 sec., 71.92 mph, (Session 1); 4.351, 223.28, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.921, 327.03, (Session 3); 3.886, 329.18, (Session 4)


About Infinite Hero Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues - mental and physical - facing returning military heroes and their families.  The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.  For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown; the Papa John's Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 298 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Beckman returns to site of first Funny Car title this weekend, looks to end desert dry spell at Vegas with Mello Yello win


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Mar. 29, 2017) - Jack Beckman scored his first win in the nitro category 10 years ago at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and he is thirsty for another NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series title from the track.

He hopes to start a winning streak this weekend in the 18th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals with the 2017 Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger R/T team funded by Terry Chandler.

"It's the track where I got my first nitro win in Funny Car," said Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champion. "It's the track on the NHRA tour where I have the most seat time because of all the Sportsmen racing I did there.

"I have a lot of history with that facility and it's one of the three tracks on tour when we have two shots a year to get a win. Frankly, I'm frustrated that I bagged a win there in 2006 and haven't been able to close the deal since then."

However, he's qualified well at Las Vegas. Last year, he was the No. 1 qualifier the spring with a time of 3.916 seconds at 322.88 mph. Later in October, the Infinite Hero team was No. 1 again with a much quicker 3.871 (327.43).

But he was eliminated in the second round of each event.

"It's not that you need extra motivation but with us having assembled a group of guys from several different teams, our first win together as a group, and for Infinite Hero and Terry Chandler, it really is going to be extra special."

This weekend is the fourth event of the season and also only the fourth race for the newly assembled Infinite Hero team. Beckman says a win in Las Vegas would mean a lot to his new group of teammates.

"Vegas was my first win, but I've kind of been locked out there since then and it's been a source of frustration. I have a chance to have another first and that's with the 2017 Infinite Hero team since we have not won together yet.

"As a driver, you're only ever going to have one first win, but as a team, we're going to have a first win. I think Vegas will be a great time to get it."

JACK BECKMAN: Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T

Best Time, Speed: 3.825 sec.-second quickest ever, (2016 Pomona 2); 334.15 mph (Seattle 2016)

Last event (March 17-19) Gainesville, Fla.): Qualified No. 8, lost in second round to event winner John Force

2016 Las Vegas 1: Qualified No.1, lost in second round to Chad Head

2016 Las Vegas 2: Qualified No. 1, lost second round to Courtney Force

Career at Las Vegas 1: Wins 0; Runner-ups 0, Poles 1 (2016)

Career at Las Vegas: Wins 1 (2006); Runner-ups 2 (2012, 2009); Poles 2 (both in 2016)



                Pts          Events       Wins       Rup        Semi      Qtr       1st rd     Poles     DNQ        W/L

2017       8th                3               0              0               0          2            1             0           0               2-3

2016       5th              24               2              3               4         10          5              6          0           35-22

CAREER                  255             24           25             45        75          79          21        7       334-224





2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES FUNNY CAR STANDINGS

(Official after Gainesville, Fla.; 3 of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)

Funny Car                                          

1. MATT HAGAN (2)           308          -----­

2. John Force (1)                 238           -70

3. RON CAPPS                   235          -73

4. TOMMY JOHNSON JR.  209           -99

5. Courtney Force               177          -131

6. Robert Hight                    150         -158

7. Jim Campbell                  148          -160

8. JACK BECKMAN           144         -164

9. J.R. Todd                        138          -170

10. Tim Wilkerson                 117         -191

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation team continue to develop in NHRA Gatornationals as team shifts focus to race in Las Vegas


GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19, 2017) - Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car team, sponsored by Terry Chandler, continue to gain data by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 48th annual Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla.

"It's upsetting to not win, but we're philosophical," Beckman said. "They're 10,000-horsepower racecars and hard to harness, and we have a bunch more races coming up. I think that the more data you give a team like us, the more we are going to excel, simply because we are newer than most of the teams."

The Gatornationals is the third event for the newly assembled Infinite Hero Foundation team led by crew chiefs Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh.

"We've changed more stuff probably then the average team, so every run we make, proportionally, we're getting a bigger percentage of data."

Beckman entered race day as the No. 8 qualifying Funny Car with a pass of 3.883 seconds at 330.23 mph.

He lined up against Tim Wilkerson for the first round on Sunday and clocked a winning time of 3.899 (329.83).

During the second round, Beckman went into tire smoke against eventual event winner John Force and slowed to a 8.835 (82.48).

"That was one of those odd rounds where so many cars smoked the tires that you start thinking there's a track issue," said Beckman, the 2012 Funny Car world champ. "But here's the thing, we aren't going to make any excuses. Our job is to figure out how to make our way down the racetrack, no matter what the conditions.

"Trust me when I tell you we will pick away at this data, and figure out if we get in this situation again, what we would do differently to make sure we make a good race out of it."

The NHRA circuit travels to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speed in two weeks for the fourth event of the 2017 Mello Yello Drag Racing series season.


FUNNY CAR
Event winner: John Force (John Force Racing)
No. 1 qualifier: John Force (John Force Racing), 3.832 sec.-track record, 333.25 mph

JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, Neal Strausbaugh
Qualified: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: BECKMAN (3.899, 329.83) def. Tim Wilkerson (3.906, 327.66)
Second round: John Force (3.916, 328.14) def. BECKMAN (8.835, 82.48)
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.883 sec., 321.27 mph, (Session 1); 10.014, 74.13, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.382, 205.66, (Session 3); 3.897, 330.23, (Session 4)

2017 NHRA MELLO YELLO DRAG RACING SERIES STANDINGS
(Official after Gainesville, Fla.; 3 of 24 events; wins in parenthesis; DSR drivers in CAPS)
Funny Car
                                                 
1. MATT HAGAN (2)           308          -----
2. John Force (1)                  238         -70
3. RON CAPPS                     235        -73
4. TOMMY JOHNSON JR.   209         -99
5. Courtney Force                177        -131
6. Robert Hight                    150        -158
7. Jim Campbell                  148        -160
8. JACK BECKMAN           144        -164
9. J.R. Todd                         138        -170 
10. Tim Wilkerson                117        -191


About Infinite Hero Foundation

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues - mental and physical - facing returning military heroes and their families.  The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.  For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown; the Papa John's Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 298 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.
 
Follow Don Schumacher Racing at ShoeRacing.com, on Twitter at @shoeracing and Facebook.com/shoeracing.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Beckman, Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge ready to race after strong run during Gatornationals qualifying



GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 18, 2017) - Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car team, sponsored by Terry Chandler, enter the final day of the 48th annual NHRA Gatornationals ready to post their first win of the year.

"We had the luxury of trying some new things in the bellhousing this weekend," said Beckman, who qualified No. 8 with a final run of 3.883 seconds at 321.27 mph. "When you unload out of the trailer and make a good qualifying run, you know you're set. That should keep you in the top half."

Beckman and the team, led by crew chiefs Dean Antonelli, John Medlen and Neal Strausbaugh made two qualifying passes in the 3.80-second range; their first on Friday and last on Saturday.

During the first qualifying session, Beckman made a pass of 3.883 and closed with the 3.897.

"We actually cycled some new clutch disks in and it's a strategic move. We'll give up a couple of potential qualifying positions here to get that data for when we need to incorporate new disks throughout the year.

"With the six-disk clutch pack, you're going to run out of a certain amount of those by the time the season gets to the end. We want to get ahead of the game. It's a nice deal to be able to test with those.

"We closed qualifying with another 3.80 run. The guys already have a pretty decent handle on what will eventually be our disk package."

Beckman will face Tim Wilkerson in the opening round of competition on Sunday.


QUALIFYING RESULTS FROM THE GATORNATIONALS

FUNNY CAR
No. 1 qualifier: John Force (John Force Racing), 3.832 sec.-track record, 333.25 mph
 
JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T

Crew chiefs: John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, Neal Strausbaugh
Qualified: No. 8
SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS
First round: Tim Wilkerson
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.883 sec., 321.27 mph, (Session 1); 10.014, 74.13, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 4.382, 205.66, (Session 3); 3.897, 330.23, (Session 4)

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About Infinite Hero Foundation
A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues - mental and physical - facing returning military heroes and their families.  The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.  For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown; the Papa John's Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.

DSR has won 297 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

DSR's Infinite Hero team, Beckman travel to Gainesville this weekend seeking redemption at NHRA Gatornationals


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 14, 2017) - The Infinite Hero Foundation Funny Car team sponsored by Terry Chandler and piloted by Jack Beckman, travels south to Gainesville, Fla., this weekend for the 48th annual Gatornationals.

Gainesville marks the third event of the 2017 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing series. Two weeks ago, in Phoenix, the Infinite Hero Foundation team had a parts issue during the opening round of competition on Sunday.

"I'm a southern California guy and I've always thought Gainesville was the closest thing there is to Pomona (Calif.) that's not Pomona," Beckman said. "It's big. It's packed. It's the season opener for the folks out on the East Coast and it has a lot of prestige that goes with it.

"We had a parts issue (in Phoenix). The silver lining in that cloud is that it didn't happen during the run. If this thing had thrown the clutch out at halftrack, it could have gotten really expensive and could have gotten risky. And it didn't happen during the Countdown (to the Championship).

"There's no such thing as a good loss, but I think everybody is realistic about this and keeping correct perspective that this was a very minor setback for a very good team."

Despite their setback at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Beckman remains positive in the team led by crew chiefs John Medlen, Dean Antonelli and Neal Strausbaugh.

"I still think we're probably still ahead of some people's expectations. We lost to a 3.89 in Pomona. Then we go out there and throw the clutch out of the car in Phoenix. It is not a maintenance issue. It was not a tune-up issue. It was a parts issue and we've rectified that so we'll just move on."

Last year in Gainesville, Beckman entered race day as the No. 1 qualifier with a time of 3.879 seconds at 329.26 mph. He advanced to the semifinals before being defeated by Don Schumacher Racing teammate Ron Capps.

JACK BECKMAN: Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T
Last event (Feb. 24-26 at Phoenix): Qualified No. 6, broke in first round against Gary Densham
2016 at Gainesville: Qualified No. 1, lost in semifinals to Ron Capps
Career at Gainesville: Wins 0; Runner-ups 0; Poles 1

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

DSR: Bad break for Beckman, Infinite Hero team might have been blessing despite first-round loss in NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass


CHANDLER, Ariz. (Feb. 26, 2017) - A bad break on Sunday afternoon for Jack Beckman and the Infinite Hero 2017 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car funded by Terry Chandler might have been one of the best breaks of his career.

Beckman qualified sixth for Sunday's eliminations in the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix but barely got past the starting line in the first round of eliminations after his pre-race burnout when he felt something wrong with his Don Schumacher Racing racecar.

Beckman sensed something was wrong moments after he hit the throttle to warm his tires.

"In the middle of the burnout the motor tugged a down for a split second," he said. "At the end of the burnout, I heard a scraping sound, a metallic sound. I didn't know if some of the metal under the body was rubbing on something and thought maybe if we lifted the body we could bend it back so we could run. Then I felt a big vibration and knew it wasn't going to get better so I pulled over and shut it off.

"When we got back to the pit and saw all the carnage inside the bellhousing it was obvious this car wasn't going anywhere. It's a long season and there's no point in tearing your stuff up this early in the year.

"It threw the clutch out at 6,000 rpm without any load on the engine and put a chunk in the bellhousing. If that happened at 8,000 rpm at the top end of the racetrack the damage could have been devastating.

"And by the way, I have a leg on either side of that bellhousing."

The breakage likely kept Beckman from advancing to the second round. His opponent Gary Densham smoked the tires early and slowed to a time of 5.715 seconds at 106.55 mph.

"I'm not a 'shoulda, woulda, coulda' guy," Beckman said. "It was the right decision and you live with it. Losing sucks when you have a car as good as ours."

Photo Credit: Auto Imagery

FUNNY CAR
EVENT WINNER: Matt Hagan/Ron Capps (Don Schumacher Racing)
No. 1 QUALIFIER: Tommy Johnson Jr. (Don Schumacher Racing), 3.837 sec.-career best, 329.10 mph

JACK BECKMAN, Infinite Hero Dodge Charger R/T
Crew chiefs: John Medlen, Dean Antonelli, Neal Strausbaugh
Qualified: No. 5
First round: Gary Densham (6.715 sec., 206.55 mph) def. BECKMAN (broke on burnout)
QUALIFYING
FRIDAY: 3.873 sec., 329.18 mph, (Session 1); 5.187, 140.52, (Session 2)
SATURDAY: 3.869, 328.46, (Session 3); 3.881, 322.11, (Session 4)

About Infinite Hero Foundation

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Infinite Hero Foundation combats the most difficult front line issues - mental and physical - facing returning military heroes and their families.  The Foundation funds programs that drive innovation and the accessibility of effective treatments for military heroes and their families dealing with service-related mental and physical injuries.  For more information, visit: www.infinitehero.org.
 

About Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher Racing, headquartered in Brownsburg, Ind., fields eight professional NHRA teams. In Top Fuel, the U.S. Army dragster driven by eight-time world champion Tony Schumacher, the Matco Tools dragster driven by three-time world champion Antron Brown; the Papa John's Top Fuel dragster driven by Leah Pritchett and 2013 Top Fuel world champion Shawn Langdon and in Funny Car, 2011 and 2014 world champion Matt Hagan in the Mopar Express Lane 2015 Dodge Charger R/T, 2012 NHRA world champion Jack Beckman in the Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge, the NAPA AUTO PARTS Dodge of Ron Capps and the Make-A-Wish Dodge driven by Tommy Johnson Jr.


DSR has won 295 NHRA national event titles and 16 world championships.     

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