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DS: There’s a lot more to it than just import it into the United States. I mean there is the part with Homeland Security, but there’s also the fact that I have a container that’s getting ready to go on the water to come from China to the United States. I’ve already paid for that container. I’ve already spent my money. It’s in a bank in China, 100 percent. So what is that money worth? I then pay for the freight and insurance to bring it over here. Then I pay to ship it from Long Beach, California, back to Indianapolis and I have people handle it at each of those stages.

DRO: I understand all that.

DS: I’m a businessman. I can put those numbers together based on what Schumacher Electric and Don Schumacher Racing feel.

DRO: Okay, I’ll put this one down as a ‘no comment.’

DS: I can truthfully say that $970 a drum is hundreds of dollars more than it should be.

DRO: Okay. Let’s talk about insurance for a minute. For at least the thirty-plus years I’ve been involved in drag racing, many times when NHRA has made a decision, they use the insurance companies as a scapegoat. It’s often said unofficially that the insurance companies are worried about speed, the insurance companies are worried about this and that, so we had to make this rule. I’ve done some insurance company research, and a insurance adjuster, salesman, and racer who was in that business for over twenty years told me insurance companies work off actuarial tables and reality, not potential problems. Do you think insurance companies are putting pressure on NHRA to slow your cars down? Slow the motorcycles down, lengthen the tracks, any of that? Do you really think they’re doing that, or are they just saying, “This is how much your premium is gonna be, given the parameters we have.”

DS: My history as a manufacturer in dealing with insurance companies, whether it be through workman’s comp, product liability insurance, or facility insurance, as problems come up, they certainly do come up to you and impact your operations. When Carpal Tunnel Syndrome became a big situation, they certainly came in and looked at Schumacher Electric’s operation and said we need to change the way our people were handling things. Or if you have back injuries in your facility, you have to change the way your people are lifting stuff, so, yes, they have impact in Schumacher Electric in all areas, saying “These things happen, you need to figure out a away to change that because this is going to continue to impact your cost.” So yes they will do that.

They don’t come in and mandate that you have to change that, but what mandates you to change that is the cost of the premium they’re going to charge you! And they do look at Schumacher Electric, my history dealing with them one on one, they talk to you about all those things. They send specialists in, they’ll send doctors in, they’ll send engineers in, come up with better chairs for the people to sit on.

DRO: So you think they are doing that with NHRA?

DS: I can only talk about Schumacher Electric and my experience. I assume, and my opinion would be that the insurance companies certainly have communicated with NHRA in reference to everything out here. The height of the stands, the lighting, surface. Not necessarily the racing surface, but the parking surface.

DRO: Do you think speed is an issue?

DS: I’m sure they’ve talked to NHRA about speed, about everything that can impact that insurance premium. I’m sure there are specialists that have come out and spoken to NHRA management about that. They don’t make them change it, but the premium dollars they’re paying makes them change it.

DRO: That makes sense. Has the cost of racing increased for you guys in the last six months or is it stabilized? Is it still three million more or less for a competitive Funny Car or Top Fuel operation?