Don Schumacher, a luminary in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) and a trailblazer in the world of Funny Car racing, has passed away at the age of 79. Known for his transformative role as a boss, owner, and manufacturer within professional drag racing, Schumacher’s influence on the sport was profound.
A Courageous Battle with Cancer
Schumacher passed away on Wednesday, December 20, 2023, following a courageous battle with cancer.His death was announced in the company of his cherished family, marking the end of an era in the world of drag racing.
Legacy in Don Schumacher Racing
Don Schumacher owned Don Schumacher Racing’s nitro teams since 1998. Under his guidance, the team amassed an impressive 366 national event wins and 19 championships.Even after stepping back from the top fuel team, Schumacher remained involved, tying his legacy to NHRA Drag Racing for years to come.
Father of NHRA Champion Tony Schumacher
Beyond his own accomplishments, Don Schumacher is also remembered as the father of eight-time NHRA Champion Tony Schumacher.. As a legend in his own right, Tony Schumacher carries on his father’s passion for drag racing.
Tributes and Memoriam
The impact of Don Schumacher’s passing extends far beyond the racetrack. As news of his death spread, tributes poured in from those who admired his contribution to the sport. His life and legacy will continue to inspire future generations of racer