BROWNSBURG, Ind. --
The following is a question/answer news release with Schumacher and Massey that will be followed up with a 30-minute news conference with them at 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, in the NHRA Media Center in the tower behind the starting line on the opening day of the NHRA Winternationals and the 2013 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.
Q: Why did you decide on Nov. 23 to part ways with Spencer?
I wasn't at the banquet because I was in Chicago tending to my mom's funeral, so I don't know what else happened and I don't go on rumors or gossip.
I decided Spencer deserved a second chance.
Q: Why did you decide to rehire Spencer?
I have spent a lot of time talking to Spencer, and he knows now how wrong it was for him do what he did. I believe people sometimes deserve a second chance and this is one of them. I'm impressed that Spencer made the decision to seek counseling for his temper.
Spencer is the best driver for that team.
Q: Why was the future of your third dragster not decided until Feb. 1?
Toward the end of last year I wasn't sure I could live by the commitment I made in the summer that I would fund that team myself after FRAM told us they would not return to motorsports in 2013. I never wanted to break up the team.
Those commitments allowed me to keep my word to fund the No. 3 Top Fuel team through Schumacher Electric Corp. and our Battery Extender chargers.
Let me make it very, very clear: Schumacher Electric is funding this team and no one else.
We still are talking with companies about coming on board with that team.
Q: Why did you take a soft, six-pack cooler into the NHRA Awards Banquet on Nov. 12 last year?
When Don heard about it he was pretty mad that I took in the cooler with beer into our banquet, and he's right, that was not the way DSR should be represented.
Q: Did you leave the banquet while Antron was speaking, and did you throw a beer?
Looking back, I shouldn't have disrespected him by getting up to go to the bathroom while he was speaking. I was happy that he won but, honestly, I was angry all day because my team didn't win it.
I was sitting in the back of the (banquet) room and as I got close to the doors to leave a couple crew guys from another team - I won't say which team but they know the truth - made a comment to me that I didn't appreciate and I used language I shouldn't have but it was directed at them and had nothing to do with race.
That was the boiling point for me and I threw my plastic bottle of Coors Light to the ground. It only had a few gulps left when I slammed it down, and some of the beer flew up and got on someone. I went right up to this man and kept apologizing.
Q: Do you have a temper that sometime has been out of control?
My temper had gotten out of control, especially after we didn't win the championship, and that's why I've started to see a counselor to help me with some anger issues I have.
Q: Where do you go from here?
I'm so thankful Don is giving me another chance and I promise not to let Don or my teammates down again. I came close to losing the biggest dream of my life.
I can't change things I've said or done in the past, but I will not repeat those mistakes.
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