|Fresh off the heels of achieving NHRA national event win No. 350 on Saturday evening, Don Schumacher Racing continued its triumphant streak on Sunday during the prestigious NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. Jack Beckman defeated J.R. Todd in the Funny Car final round to deliver the ninth consecutive Funny Car Wally trophy for drag racing’s winningest organization.|
Beckman’s march to the winner’s circle began by qualifying seventh with his Q3 run during the rescheduled NHRA Summernationals (Indy 2) final round. Beckman and DSR teammate Matt Hagan squared off to vie for the Indy 2 crown, and the chance to win the 350th title for Don Schumacher on the 50th anniversary of the drag racing patriarch’s first NHRA national event win. Hagan outran Beckman to capture the victory, but Beckman didn’t have to wait long for another shot at redemption.
On Sunday morning, Beckman’s run through the Funny Car field began when he drove the Doug Chandler-sponsored Infinite Hero Foundation Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to a stout 3.909 E.T. against Cruz Pedregon’s tire-smoking effort. In the quarterfinals, the 2012 Funny Car world champion ousted teammate Ron Capps before trailering Tim Wilkerson with a holeshot victory during the semifinals. In his second final round appearance in a 24-hour period, Beckman lined up opposite J.R. Todd to battle it out for the event championship. The Infinite Hero machine blasted down the track in 3.908-seconds to post the win over Todd’s 3.960-second effort and keep DSR’s Funny Car win streak, which dates back to October 2019, alive.
“This may be the last time I race at Indy, and that Infinite Hero Dodge Charger team left nothing on the race track,” said Beckman referring to the recent news announcing the conclusion of the Chandler family Giving Car program at the end of the 2020 season. “This is what drag racing is all about. A huge thank you to Terry Chandler for starting this program, and Doug Chandler for keeping it going. We had six wonderful years, a whole lot of Wally trophies, and a whole lot of amazing fans. I also want to give a special shout-out to Judy Pittman. It’s her birthday today. She’s the Chandler family representative and is by our side at every race, and we were glad to be able to get this done on her birthday. I hope I can keep racing next year but I’m going to revel in this. Our team was awesome today.”
With his win at ‘the Big Go,’ Beckman, a two-time winner and four-time finalist in 2020, reclaimed his position at the top of the Funny Car standings. Beckman held the point lead through the first four events, before briefly falling to second at the last event.
|Qualified: No. 7 (3.940 E.T. at 325.53 MPH)|
E1: 3.909 E.T. at 327.74 MPH defeated Cruz Pedregon 7.734 E.T. at 87.81 MPH
E2: 4.003 E.T. at 316.01 MPH defeated Ron Capps 5.454 E.T. at 137.79 MPH
E3: 3.915 E.T. at 329.10 MPH defeated Tim Wilkerson 3.914 E.T. at 324.59 MPH
E4: 3.908 E.T. at 327.35 MPH defeated J.R. Todd 3.960 E.T. at 324.28 MPH