The motorcycle drag racing community is shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of one of its most liked, respected, lifelong veteran and yet still promising members. The loss of Brian Schultz to his family, who so recently lost his father Dave, is almost unimaginable. Brian was killed in a highway accident returning home after a day of testing his new Top Gas bike at
For those who thought Brian’s main talent was to manage his father’s Schultz Race Products business, he started tuning Reggie Showers’ NHRA Pro Stock Bike in 2001 and showed immediate results. With Brian, Reggie scored his first top-ten NHRA plate and also recorded a then-career-best ET of 7.16 and speed of 190.22 mph.
For those who thought Brian’s main talents were as businessman and tuner, he climbed aboard Del Flores’ Hayabusa in Prostar’s Formula Superbike class and immediately made the bike competitive with the then-dominant ZX12R of Chip Ellis and Coby Adams. “Brian’s a helluva rider-I didn’t know that,”
Brian made his NHRA riding debut on Thomas Byrd’s Suzuki at the 2003 Gatornationals, qualifying ninth with a career-best 7.273. In a storybook moment of privateer success, Brain took Eddie Krawiec’s recently purchased Hayabusa to the NHRA U.S. Nationals in
On top of all of his racing accomplishments, Brian was also one of the most well-liked and respected individuals around. A handsome man with a quick smile, Brian was always ready to talk to anyone about anything that concerned them. Brian’s courtship of his charming wife Amy happened partly at the track, and all were very happy when the couple got married. Last year, Amy gave birth to their daughter Alexis.
The Schultz family has been synonymous with motorcycle drag racing for decades.
Funeral arrangements are pending.