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Maynard Family Takes Over Tony Schumacher’s Top Fuel Team – RacingJunk News

Maynard Family Takes Over Tony Schumacher’s Top Fuel Team – RacingJunk News

Don Schumacher, Tony Schumacher, Joe Maynard – PHOTO CREDIT: AUTO IMAGERY
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Don Schumacher, Tony Schumacher, Joe Maynard – PHOTO CREDIT: AUTO IMAGERY

Remember when Don Schumacher had more cars (and motorcycles) in NHRA’s Camping World Drag Racing Series than any other entrant? There have been as many as four each Top Fuel and Funny Car teams racing under the DSR banner.

That began to change when Schumacher divested his Pro Stock Motorcycle team after the 2007 season. The four Funny Car teams turned into two a couple of years after sponsor Terry Chandler’s death. Then at the close of 2022, as he earned his seventh Funny Car championship with Ron Capps, both Capps and Matt Hagan departed. Capps for his own team; Hagan with Tony Stewart Racing. DSR, with 11 dragster titles, was down to a single full-time Top Fuel team in 2021 for Antron Brown, and one for the 2022 season, with Tony Schumacher.

Last year Don Schumacher announced that Tony Schumacher’s 2022 dragster team would be run out of his shops and that Maynard Family Racing would be the primary sponsors of the car, after getting their teeth wet as associate sponsors last year. The Maynard family has been attending races prior to joining DSR; they could regularly be found at the starting line. In fact, they don’t leave after the nitro rounds; they stay and watch everything.

Now the relationship has changed. Joe and Cathi Maynard have turned out to be more than sponsors. They are majority owners of DSR’s Top Fuel operation, effective July 25, 2022.

As majority owners, the Maynards have taken on the naming rights to Tony Schumacher’s rail and the team is now known as Maynard Family Racing/Don Schumacher Racing. JCM/DSR will operate in this capacity starting with this upcoming weekend’s NHRA Northwest Nationals outside Seattle, the third and final leg of the Western Swing. The Maynard family assumes the bulk of responsibilities, overseeing the day-to-day operations surrounding the dragster driven by Tony Schumacher and tuned by Todd Okuhara.

“Cathi and I are more than excited to continue in our favorite sport as the majority owners of the JCM Racing/DSR Top Fuel team,” Joe Maynard said. “It is our strong desire to build a new legacy with Tony at the wheel, while maintaining the legacy of Don and DSR through our partnership.

“Throughout 2022,” he explained, “we have watched our young crew grow under Todd Okuhara’s leadership, and now see a true team performing at a…

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