Tony Schumacher Sitting Out Winternationals

Tony Schumacher sat out the entire NHRA season due to a lack of sponsorship. (NHRA Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – Eight-time NHRA Top Fuel champion Tony Schumacher has announced he will not compete in the season opening Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Schumacher, 49, made the announcement in a post on his Facebook page Monday.

“Some of you have probably heard the news that our car is parked. We are still working on a sponsorship deal. These things take time but like I said before, I am absolutely not retiring,” Schumacher said. “I love this sport and have dedicated most of my life to it. I love my team and they are the best guys I know. Unfortunately, our car will not be at Pomona but I will still be there to support my teammates and fans. Thank you all for your continued support and patience.”

Schumacher’s previous sponsor, the U.S. Army, ended its sponsorship of the Top Fuel ace and Don Schumacher Racing at the conclusion of the 2018 season. The U.S. Army had been a sponsor of Schumacher’s for nearly 19 years.

The Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona will serve as the opening race of the NHRA season and are scheduled for Feb. 7-10. Don Schumacher Racing will field Top Fuel entries for Leah Pritchett and Antron Brown as well as Funny Car entries for Jack Beckman, Ron Capps, Matt Hagan and Tommy Johnson Jr.