As a driver/crew chief/owner, Don Schumacher owner of Don Schumacher Racing won 5 Nitro Funny Car NHRA National events including the 1970 ‘Big Go’ US Nationals at Indy. Don Schumacher Racing has done it all in NHRA Championship Drag Racing amassing 16 NHRA World Championships, 304 NHRA event titles, and setting 27 out of a possible 42 NHRA track records in the Nitro Funny Car and Top Fuel Dragster categories. In 2007, Don was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame. In 2019, Don will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. To this day, Don Schumacher Racing is arguably the largest drag racing team in history fielding 4 Nitro Funny Cars and 3 Top Fuel Dragsters. And Don’s championship drivers Tony Schumacher, Ron Capps, Antron Brown, ‘Fast’ Jack Beckman, Matt Hagan, Leah Pritchard and Tommy Johnson Jr are some of the most talented in drag racing history. As a result, Don Schumacher Racing’s numerous drag racing accomplishments are amazing.
BIG DADDY Don Garlits is arguably the most legendary drag racer of all-time. Based out of Florida, BIG DADDY was considered an outsider by the West Coast drag racers who called him ‘Swamp Rat’, and not in an affectionate manner either. In 1959, BIG DADDY came out to California, which was considered the mecca of drag racing and mopped up the local West Coast drag racers. Instead of being upset with the ‘Swamp Rat’ name that was bestowed upon him, BIG DADDY showed ultimate class and embraced the nickname. To this day all of BIG DADDY’s dragsters are called Swamp Rat I, II, III, IV, etc. How cool is that! Don’s supremacy helped grow the sport of drag racing beyond its West Coast base. BIG DADDY went on to dominate drag racing for many years afterwards with 17 combined NHRA, IHRA and AHRA Top Fuel World Championships. The West Coast drag racers learned real fast…you don’t mess with BIG DADDY Don Garlits. Don is an inductee of the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, Automotive Hall of Fame, International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Needless to say…BIG DADDY Don Garlits drag racing accomplishments are historically staggering!