Neff To Lead Tony Schumacher’s Top Fuel Team

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Mike Neff will return to Don Schumacher Racing and become Tony Schumacher’s crew chief next year. (NHRA photo)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Don Schumacher Racing has hired industry veteran Mike Neff as crew chief for the U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster driven by eight-time NHRA champion Tony Schumacher.

Neff had prior success at DSR, winning the 2005 championship as crew chief on Gary Scelzi’s Dodge Funny Çar team. Neff’s initial stint at DSR was from 2001-’07 before joining rival John Force Racing, where he helped earn the 2010 NHRA Funny Car crown with Force. He also won one Funny Car race in 2009 as a driver/tuner.

Former U.S. Army crew chief Mike Green, who guided Schumacher to 27 event titles and championships in 2009 and ’14, will remain at DSR. Green’s guidance on safety and performance projects have been vital to the organization’s success.

“We welcome Mike Neff back to the DSR family,” team owner Don Schumacher said. “We know Mike will be a great asset to DSR and feel he will help the Army team run for a championship in 2018. Mike knows DSR and we know his talents as a crew chief.

“Mike Green will continue to play an important role at DSR, including working with all seven of our teams. Mike developed the enclosed cockpit dragster that all the DSR cars and others in the sport run. Mike’s passion for the sport will help make the DSR cars safer and perform at a higher level next season. We thank Mike for helping us win two NHRA championships with Tony and the Army.”

In addition to Neff’s return to DSR, the Matco Tools/U.S. Army Top Fuel dragster driven by three-time champion Antron Brown will be tuned by Mark Oswald and Brad Mason. Brown enters the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season with 49 career Top Fuel victories.

“Mark is a very talented person. He can drive, tune, fabricate and do many, many things on these race cars. He is an asset to DSR and this is a great opportunity for Brad to move up as he has been waiting his time to move into the assistant crew chief seat,” said Schumacher.

DSR also has promoted NAPA Auto Parts Funny Car car chief Dustin Heim to be Rahn Tobler’s assistant crew chief for the NAPA Dodge driven by 2016 champion Ron Capps. Heim has been at DSR since 2009.

CREDIT: Don Schumacher Racing

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