Don Schumacher, seven drivers to donate brain for concussion research

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Don Schumacher Racing made a historic announcement on Friday. During the Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals in Morrison, Colorado, his stable of drivers, along with owner and racing legend Don Schumacher, announced they will donate their brain to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after their deaths.

DSR made the announcement at 4:30 pm MST at Bandimere Speedway. According to the press release, there are 3,500 former and current players, who have pledged to donate their brains, as well.

Don Schumacher, seven drivers pledge to donate their brain for concussion research after their death (Photo by Auto Imagery)

Don Schumacher, seven drivers pledge to donate their brain for concussion research after their death (Photo by Auto Imagery)

His drivers are Tony Schumacher, his son; Antron Brown, and Leah Pritchett in Top Fuel. Jack Beckman, Tommy Johnson Jr., Ron Capps, and Matt Hagan are the four Funny Car drivers.

This announcement — as concussion become a more prominent issue than in years past — was part of the CLF Project Enlist. It is a program that was launched this week by CLF and DSR sponsor Infinity Hero Foundation.

When their brains are donated for research, they are going to research Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is found in military veterans coming back from war. TBI and CTE may have happened in drag racers, as they are dealing with Positive and Negative G’s on each pass.

IHF is a non-profit organization that works with military heroes and their families, as they battle front-line issues — both mental and physical. IHF has been Beckmann’s primary sponsor the past several seasons — and will continue through 2020.

“Donating my brain for research to help other individuals in this world is something that I’m more than willing to do,” owner Don Schumacher said. “It surprised my wife, Sarah, but she also agreed to me doing tix based on its potential to help drivers, soldiers, business people, and the population of the world.”

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