Don Schumacher Death – NHRA Drag Racing Legend and Tony Schumacher’s father Don Schumacher has sadly passed away. He died on Wednesday 20th December 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 79 surrounded by his beloved family. He was announced dead on Thursday through a Facebook post that says “It is with heavy hearts that the Schumacher family announce the passing of motorsports icon Don Schumacher”.
Although Schumacher’s amazing career in drag racing began with his first journey into the sport, it was his second foray that cemented his place as an all-time great. In the ’60s and ’70s, he was a dominant force in the Funny Car racing scene, winning prestigious events like the Coca-Cola Cavalcade of Stars in 1972 and the AHRA world championship in 1973. He had a remarkable 70% win percentage in 560 match races, in addition to five NHRA national titles and nine IHRA titles.
In 1974, Schumacher set a number of notable records during this time, most notably a 6.18 second time at 241.95 MPH in his “Stardust” Barracuda Funny Car. The impact Schumacher had on the drag racing industry remained even after he retired from driving that year to concentrate on his business and family.
Don Schumacher Racing (DSR), Schumacher’s team, became unstoppable in NHRA events after his return. With the addition of his son Tony’s eight titles, DSR’s total of nineteen NHRA world championships as of 2021 is quite exceptional. The team’s dedication to greatness is evident from their cumulative 360 wins. Among notable accomplishments, DSR stands out as the only team to win both Top Fuel and Funny Car in the same year—a feat they accomplished four times. Beyond just being a part of the sport, DSR was proud to manufacture its own vehicles in a state-of-the-art facility in Brownsburg, IN.
Everything is made in-house, from the heads and connecting rods to the flywheels and chassis. Schumacher justly received the 2007 International Drag Racing Hall of Fame induction for his exceptional contributions to the sport. His impact goes much beyond his own achievements; he is widely recognized as a key figure in the development and growth of drag racing.