NHRA superteams shuffle and exchange staff

The first shots in excess of the bow ended up a handful of community relations casualties, at powerhouse teams Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) and 2017 double-nitro-champs John Drive Racing (JFR).

The musical chairs started in earnest after the Thanksgiving recess, as these two mega teams began to reformat their personnel in anticipation of a superior, far more cohesive operate for the Major Gasoline and Amusing Car championships for following 12 months.

It is customary for teams to poach talent, no matter whether it’s drivers, crew chiefs, top- and bottom-end mechanics.


No position is immune, whether it is a winning team or no matter whether it’s a team pushing its way toward the highest of your heap.

Don Schumacher Racing introduced late Monday that it was shuffling staff members customers in its seven-entry nitro ranks, as Mike “Zippy” Neff returns to DSR adhering to a 10-year stay with JFR.

Neff won the 2005 Amusing Car championship with DSR’s Gary Scelzi during his original, seven-year tenure with the group. Whilst at JFR, he helped workforce patriarch John Force win his 2010 Funny Motor vehicle title, among sixteen the legend owns.

Neff’s new responsibilities at DSR, which is about one mile from JFR in Brownsburg, IN, are as crew chief for the U.S. Military Top Fuel dragster pushed by eight-time class champion Tony Schumacher.

He can take above from Mike Environmentally friendly, who continues to be with the group to guide its protection and effectiveness jobs. Tony Schumacher completed eighth in season-long standings in 2017 with a one victory.

As crew owner Don Schumacher welcomed Neff back again on the DSR family members, he also lauded the work of Green, who “developed the enclosed cockpit dragster that each one DSR autos [and some others while in the class] operate. Mike’s enthusiasm for your activity should help make the DSR autos safer and accomplish at a larger amount following year,” he proclaimed.

Schumacher also felt the need to shift duties for the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Gas dragster operate for three-time class champ Antron Brown, who concluded fourth within the Countdown to your Championship playoffs – on the strength of 4 wins – just after successful the class the past two years.

Schumacher elevated Brad Mason to assistant crew main of Brown’s automobile, with 1984 NHRA Funny Auto driving winner Mark Oswald remaining crew chief. Totally recognizing Oswald’s talents to “drive, tune, fabricate and do lots of, many things on these race autos,” Schumacher celebrated Mason’s opportunity to “move up, as he has actually been waiting his time for you to go in to the assistant crew chief seat Read more.