Winternationals: Schumacher, Scelzi meet their goal

first_imgBack in businessJerry Toliver has done it once again. The Funny Car driver who introduced Mad magazine, World Wrestling Entertainment and Schick’s into drag racing, unveiled another first-time sponsor, Rockstar Engery Drink, for his return to the class after a two-year layoff. He hopes to have his Toyota on tour by March in Gainesville, Fla. Pit stopsTony Schumacher, who completed the greatest comeback in NHRA history to win the Top Fuel championship in 2006, was officially awarded a trophy and watch symbolic of winning the fourth quarter voting for Driver of the Year. NASCAR’s Jimmie Johnson won the 2006 award. … Greg Anderson said his team learned from a mistake on Friday, rebounding to take the top qualifying spot. “I’ve had a great weekend so far,” said Anderson. “I’ve had a ball this weekend. We have a lot of neat new things we brought to the track this weekend. It took a lot of work over the winter. You never know what you have until you get here.” Schumacher won his fifth No. 1 at Pomona Raceway, and third in the Winternationals, with a run of 4.472 seconds at 331.36 mph. Scelzi saved the best for last, vaulting to the top with a pass of 4.692 at 333.49 on his fourth and final qualifying run. “Running four passes in a row like that is more impressive to me than being No. 1 qualifier,” said Schumacher, the U.S. Army-sponsored driver who is the three-time defending champion. POMONA – For Tony Schumacher and Gary Scelzi, teammates for Don Schumacher Racing, consistency was the goal during qualifying for the Winternationals. Being that both finished atop the Top Fuel dragster and Funny Car fields, the goal was achieved. center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more