McClenathan Out At DSR

Cory McClenathan (Ted Rossino, Jr. photo).
Cory McClenathan after winning the inaugural NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C., earlier this year. (Ted Rossino, Jr. photo).

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — NHRA Top Fuel veteran Cory McClenathan will be released from his ride with Don Schumacher Racing at the conclusion of the 2010 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series season.

McClenathan, 47, has raced DSR’s Fram Top Fuel dragster since 2008 and has been in contention to capture his first series championship throughout the 2010 season, currently sitting third in the standings ahead of the season-ending Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Nov. 11-14 in Pomona, Calif.

“This was a tough decision to make,” team owner Don Schumacher said in a statement. “Cory has done such an outstanding job for DSR…and he has been an important member of the DSR family. He is a remarkable race-car driver, and clearly a champion in the making.

“I have invited Cory to stay on with the team until he finds another ride. I have also asked him to be available if we were in need of a test driver or if we were to introduce another team in the future.”

DSR, which also fields Top Fuel cars for seven-time titlist Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown as well as the Funny Cars of Matt Hagan, Jack Beckman and Ron Capps, will name a replacement driver at a later date.

“I am not retiring,” McClenathan said. “I have had a wonderful relationship with Don Schumacher, both personal and professional. I am grateful to him and to Honeywell for all they have done for me.

“Right now I have to focus on trying to win the 2010 championship, which I want to do for DSR, for Fram, Prestone and Autolite and, of course, for myself. After this season is over, I will pursue other opportunities to continue racing in the NHRA Full Throttle Series.”

Since McClenathan joined DSR in 2008, he has won five national events in 15 final rounds, and was No. 1 qualifier eight times. He set the quickest elapsed time in NHRA history (racing to 1000 feet) of 3.752 seconds earlier this season. In his 20-year career, he has won 34 national events in 65 final rounds, qualified No. 1 38 times, and has been runner-up in the standings four times.