TONY SCHUMACHER FINED, DOCKED POINTS FOR ALLEGED SAFETY VIOLATIONS AND BYPASSING RESTRICTIONS; PLANS TO APPEAL
Iconic Top Fuel driver Tony Schumacher has been fined $20,000 and docked 50 championship points for alleged safety violations, including disabling safety systems and bypassing performance restrictions.
In a statement posted on NHRARacer.com, NHRA’s official site for distributing competition notices, NHRA detailed their charges.
“Tony Schumacher was fined $10,000 for driving a vehicle that had two disabled safety systems, and an additional $10,000 for bypassing a performance restriction device for a total fine of $20,000. In addition, Mr. Schumacher will forfeit 50 championship points. These infractions occurred on Mr. Schumacher’s Top Fuel entry during round 2 of eliminations of the Lucas Oil Nationals event at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, MN. The fine will be dedicated to enhancing the capabilities of the Safety Safari. The fine and the forfeiture of points is appealable.”
Maynard Family Racing spokesperson Allison McCormick delivered a statement on behalf of Schumacher and the team to CompetitionPlus.com.
“The Maynard Family Racing team strongly disagrees with NHRA’s position. The team has filed a formal letter of appeal and has asked that the financial and points penalties be reversed, and is awaiting their decision.”
With the points deduction, Schumacher remains in the top ten of point earners but drops from eighth to tenth. He is 13 points ahead of No. 11 Clay Millican pending appeal.