Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals
Schumacher second after opening day of action
The Mopar Mile-High Nationals is the first event where the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes are racing to the 1,000 foot mark instead of the traditional quarter-mile.
"I have to admit that it was an adjustment competing on a shorter track," said the defending NHRA POWERade world champion. "But, we'll get used to it real quick. Like I stated earlier this week, we needed to do this for safety reasons."
The NHRA recently instituted the track distance rule change in response to the ongoing investigation into the crash that took the life of Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta last month at
"From what I could see today, there was some outstanding racing going on," added the Chicago-area resident. "So, from that standpoint alone, racing to 1,000 feet should be terrific for the fans. We can't lose sight of the fact that this is entertainment."
Schumacher wants to start the second half of the 2008 season right where he left off at the end of the first half.
"Over the first 12 races, we won five and got to two other final rounds," he said. "If we can perform that well or even better the next 12 races, we should be in good shape to win another world title. Of course, that's always the objective for us."
He also wants to kick off the NHRA's "Western Swing" in grand style with a victory in the
"In recent years, we've had some pretty good Western Swings," he offered. "Hopefully, we can maintain that level of consistency this year."
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