Eight-time Top Fuel champion confirmed Monday he will not race at the NHRA season-opening Lucas Oil Winternationals at Pomona, Calif., this weekend.

In an open message to drag-racing fans, Schumacher made the announcement on his Facebook page Monday afternoon.

“Some of you have probably heard the news that our car is parked,” he wrote. “We are still working on a sponsorship deal. These things take time. but like I said before, I am absolutely NOT retiring. I love this sport and have dedicated most of my life to it. I love my team, and they are the best guys I know. Unfortunately, our car will not be at Pomona, but I will still be there to support my teammates and fans. Thank you all for your continued support and patience!”

He put the rumors and speculation to rest just three days until the beginning of the 24-race Mello Yello Drag Racing Series season.

He had said late last month that the chances of him landing another sponsor to replace his 19-year association with the U.S. Army that ended last November looked “good” but hadn’t been finalized.

Schumacher declared last Friday he was not retiring. 

"For all the people asking, I have no plans to retire or take time off," Schumacher posted on Facebook. "I drive a Top Fuel dragster and that is what I will continue to do for as long as I am able to. See y’all soon!"

The Winternationals will begin Thursday at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona.

Details are not available at this time.