NHRA Top Fuel drivers Tony Schumacher and Antron Brown visited with the media Sunday afternoon at Charlotte Motor Speedway, talked about performing their burnout during pre-race activities prior to the Coca-Cola 600 and previewed the upcoming fall NHRA O’Reilly Auto Parts Nationals scheduled for z-MAX Dragway Sept. 14-16.

Although Schumacher currently races with US ARMY sponsorship, both drivers have ties to the sponsor. Schumacher noted how special this weekend is to him. “This is the perfect opportunity to be able to drive for the US ARMY,” he said. “My car is full ARMY, and Antron’s car still obviously, represents the ARMY too. So, for Memorial Day, to be able to come out and just do a burn out at such an awesome facility; to come out in front of all of these NASCAR fans; and then light up 16,000 horsepower and do a side-by-side burnout …….you couldn’t ask for anything more. You just can’t beat it.”

Schumacher has partnered with US ARMY since 2000 and noted how special it is to take part in race festivities Memorial Day weekend. “You are only as good as the team you surround yourself with,” said Schumacher. “I represent the United States ARMY, but I represent the Unites States of America, and all the great people in all of the branches. We want to thank them.”

Brown has been part of the US ARMY program for about eight years and noted how special that has been. “We have a very unique relationship,” said Brown. “We just learn all the world values, the leadership values. The coolest part is working with school program. We teach then the STEM program. They actually learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It’s pretty amazing, trust me.”

Antron Brown noted this morning as he rode into Charlotte Motor Speedway that you feel the excitement of such a big event. “When you walk up on the site, and you come in through the back gate, I’m like check this out.” said Brown, “It’s plum wild. You come here and you get this kind of experience. There are some big celebrations, but yet you are going to see an intense race. It is definitely a celebration. Generally, when you come down here for Memorial Day weekend, it’s the kind of celebration you like to see. They are celebrating our country and our soldiers and everything they do.”

PATRICK HAS NASA ON HER SIDE -- NASA pilot Doug Hurley is on the pit box watching Danica Patrick tonight. Hurley piloted the space shuttle, Atlantis, the final mission of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. He is also the cousin of Nan Zipadelli, the wife of race strategist Greg Zipadelli.