Jack Beckman of Don Schumacher Racing to drive Freightliner Trucks Funny Car in NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Drag Race

PORTLAND – April 13, 2012 – Freightliner Trucks today announced that “Fast” Jack Beckman, driver for Don Schumacher Racing, will be racing the Freightliner Trucks Run Smartsm Funny Car in the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, April 13-15, 2012. The event is part of the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and Freightliner Trucks is an associate sponsor for Don Schumacher Racing.

The 8,000-hp Freightliner Run Smart Funny Car celebrates the stylish and productive Freightliner Cascadia® and Coronado® haulers that transport Don Schumacher Racing’s seven nitro teams and equipment to events throughout the United States.

“It’s no coincidence that Don Schumacher chose Freightliner,” said Beckman, last year’s NHRA Four-Wide Nationals champion. “We’re racing for a championship. There is no time for breakdowns, and thanks to Freightliner that is a variable we don’t worry about.”

Added Don Schumacher, founder of Don Schumacher Racing, “We have enjoyed a great relationship with Freightliner for many years and it’s exciting to put a Freightliner Funny Car on the track every year. Our teams love driving their Freightliner trucks and I like knowing we have the most reliable trucks on the road.”

Employees from the local North and South Carolina Daimler Trucks North America manufacturing facilities will be in attendance at the races for special appreciation events and meet-and-greets with Beckman.

“Don Schumacher Racing is one of the most successful teams in NHRA history, and we are proud of our long-time relationship and excited to watch Jack Beckman compete,” said Stacey Premo, motorsports marketing manager for Freightliner Trucks. “Jack is an excellent representative of our brand and we know he will perform admirably in the Freightliner Run Smart Funny Car.”

Freightliner Trucks has been an associate sponsor of Don Schumacher Racing since 2004. Freightliner Trucks also sponsors John Force Racing and is the official truck of the John Force Travelin’ Road Show.

For more information, go to www.FreightlinerTrucks.com.

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 4-8 trucks and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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