Mike Green was the crew chief of the U.S. Army dragster driven by Tony Schumacher. The veteran Top Fuel tuner was in that role from 2009 through 2017. He guided Schumacher to his seventh and eighth Mello Yello Championships in 2009 and 2014.
Green grew up in Sacramento, Calif., and got involved with several Top Alcohol Dragster teams before joining Darrell Gwynn’s Top Fuel team in 1987. That led to him working on the Top Fuel car of the late Gary Ormsby for his 1989 championship season. He later worked for Major League Baseball player Jack Clark, Larry Minor, and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs. With Gibbs, Green had tremendous success as crew chief for Cory McClenathan on a team that swept the 1997 Western Swing and won 11 races between the Denver events in 1997 and 1998 and was awarded the Car Craft Crew Chief of the year honor.
Green spent five seasons as a Funny Car crew chief at Don Prudhomme’s Snake Racing, between 2003 and 2007, tuning for Tommy Johnson Jr. before he joined Don Schumacher Racing. After one season of tuning the Fram dragster driven by McClenathan, he took on the monumental task of replacing Alan Johnson as crew chief on the U.S. Army dragster the next season following Johnson’s departure. Green has since stood tall in the white-hot spotlight and exuded quiet confidence while leading a perennial championship-contending operation.
Green’s leadership role extended to the massive seven-car DSR operation based in Brownsburg, Ind. He has spearheaded several projects relating to both performance and safety that have benefited the entire team, most notably the use of the canopy-style cockpit in Top Fuel. In 2018 he has served as the Director of Racing Technology at DSR / DSM.
Green lives in Brownsburg with his wife Diane while their Daughter Alexis is a Senior at the University of Notre Dame. 50 wins as Crew Chief, 36 Poles, 9 wins in Funny Car