February 14, 2013 |
Del Worsham and Larry Dixon, two former drag-racing champions and Southern California natives, are back on track in 2013 - literally. After winning the 2011 title in drag racing's fastest class, top fuel, Worsham took last year off to be crew chief for Alexis DeJoria, who was a rookie last year in funny car, the other elite class in the National Hot Rod Assn. Now Worsham, 43, is again driving a funny car himself, which he had done for most of his career, as the NHRA opens its season this weekend with the Winternationals in Pomona.
November 9, 2012 |
Tony Schumacher, the seven-time NHRA top fuel champion, is doing something no other driver in his division is doing. He's covering his head with an extra layer of protection. With NHRA's approval since August, Schumacher's dragster is equipped with a Kevlar/carbon fiber canopy that shields the cockpit, which other drivers leave open. “I'm not saying it has to be mandatory, but I believe it's the safest thing out there,” Schumacher said Friday, before his first qualifying run at the Auto Club Finals at the Pomona Fairplex, a day after rain scrapped a session.
February 10, 2012 |
Tony Schumacher ruled the world of top-fuel drag racing for six years. He was known as "The Sarge" not only for his U.S. Army sponsorship but because, in his father's words, "he looks like a soldier" with his crew cut and ramrod-straight posture. Schumacher was on top, setting every major record in the sport's fastest and most elite division. The records included six consecutive top-fuel championships from 2004 through 2009, giving him a record seven overall, and most career top-fuel wins with 67. Then came 2011 and . . . nothing.
November 13, 2011 |
Del Worsham can now call this a dream season, as he wrapped up the Full Throttle Drag Racing Series top-fuel national championship in dramatic fashion at the National Hot Rod Assn. Finals in Pomona. After establishing himself as a solid favorite during the final day of qualifying on Saturday, Worsham had said, "If it is really going to be a dream season, we need to finish it off like we want to. " On Sunday, it was mission accomplished once he defeated his closest rival, Spencer Massey, in the third of four elimination-round runs on a picture-perfect day at Auto Club Raceway.
November 10, 2011 |
Through most of the last decade, Tony Schumacher ruled the world of top-fuel drag racing. He won a record six consecutive titles from 2004 through 2009, giving him seven overall. And he was runner-up to Larry Dixon last year. So it's more than a little surprising that he came into the season-ending Auto Club National Hot Rod Assn. Finals at Pomona playing the role of a spoiler. Even more surprisingly, he went through all 21 of the NHRA Full Throttle Series events before this one without a victory, despite making it to six elimination-round finals.
March 14, 2010 |
Ferrari's decision last season to give up on the title chase and begin looking ahead paid off when Fernando Alonso led the Italian team to a one-two finish at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix in Sakhir on Sunday. The two-time world champion from Spain passed teammate Felipe Massa at the second corner after the start, then overtook pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel on the 34th lap for the lead, which he never relinquished. After two frustrating years with Renault, Alonso pounded his chest after jumping on top of his car as Ferrari got off to its best start since 2004, when Michael Schumacher led a 1-2 start.