Don Schumacher, NHRA Legend and Hall of Famer, Passes Away at 79

His Team: 19 Titles, 367 Wins

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) has revealed the death of team proprietor and Funny Car trailblazer Don Schumacher, 79, following a prolonged battle with lung cancer.

Schumacher has left an unforgettable record in motorsport, clinching world championships that have brought about his induction into various Halls of fame.

Schumacher’s start in racing dates back to the 1960s and 70s as a Funny Car competitor with Stardust Mirth Automobiles, including a 1968 Dodge Charger. After that, in the early 70s, he took a brief hiatus to prioritize his Schumacher Electric Company. Nevertheless, he came back in 1998 and created a crew alongside his son Tony Schumacher for NHRA Drag Racing.

Schumacher’s squad has earned 19 NHRA world championships and 367 Wally trophies, with five of these received in a Funny Making him the only proprietor with victories from all four of NHRA’s Professional classifications. His son as well is an 8-time world champion, victorious in competitions of the 1999, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2014 seasons. He was also able to leave his commercial legacy with DSR Performance, a racing engineering and aftermarket parts manufacturer.

Schumacher left his mark on safety advancements, by advancing features such as the roof-installed escape entrance and a lever connected to the brake to start a fire defence system.

Schumacher got admitted to the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2007, the International Motorsports Hall of Honor located in Alabama in 2013, and the Motorsports Hall of Celebrity of America situated in Florida in 2019.

Apart from his drag racing exploits, Michael Schumacher engaged in various beneficent practices for philanthropic organisations like the Infinite Hero Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Additionally, his racing team organised a prerace gala at its Indiana office to support Riley Hospital for Children.

Schumacher joins other motorsport personalities who have publicly disclosed their excitement to make motorsport events more thrilling and secure. Those wishing to pay tribute to him can attend his memorial arrangements (encompassing a commemoration of life ceremony), further details of which will be revealed afterwards.

Despite bearing the same name and participating in the same sport, Schumacher has no familial ties to seven-time Formula 1 victor Michael Schumacher, who also accomplished notable accomplishments in motorsport.

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