Before hitting the track for the 64th annual NHRA U.S. Nationals this weekend, Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) will already have achieved a major victory – raising funds for Indy’s own Riley Hospital for Children.
On Aug. 31, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT, DSR will open the doors to its 145,000-square foot state-of-the-art racing facility for the 13th annual DSR Open House presented by Pennzoil. This event and the ‘This is How We Roll’ bowling function, taking place on Dec. 5, 2018, are the team’s two major annual fundraisers for Riley Hospital. Since 2006, the winningest team in NHRA history has successfully raised more than half a million dollars for Riley.
Before heading to Lucas Oil Raceway for day one of nitro qualifying at the U.S. Nationals, fans may wish to stop by the Open House presented by Pennzoil and meet the entire roster of DSR drivers, including Jack Beckman, Antron Brown, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan, Leah Pritchett, Tony Schumacher and Tommy Johnson Jr., who will pilot the Riley nitro Funny Car during the weekend’s race. Since 2014, Johnson’s Doug and Terry Chandler-funded entry has donned a Riley Kids livery at the team’s hometown event, giving the local nonprofit national exposure on drag racing’s largest stage.
In addition to meet-and-greets with DSR’s star-studded lineup of drivers, fans will have the chance to interact with International Motorsports Hall-of-Fame team owner Don Schumacher at the Open House. Over 200 custom muscle cars and motorcycles will be on display, and attendees will be treated to a ‘cacklefest’ when nitro-burning vintage dragsters fire-up simultaneously. Food trucks and Papa John’s Pizza will be available, and guests will have the opportunity to bid on rare and one-of-a-kind items in the silent auction benefiting Riley. Included in the items up for bid are a Matco Tools toolbox signed by Don Schumacher and John Force.
On Wednesday afternoon, Johnson, a resident of Avon, Ind. will join his fellow Indy-area based teammates, Brown and Pritchett, along with Hagan, at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health where they will meet with the facility’s young patrons.