NHRA Driver
Chris Karamesines
Karamesines
  • Date of birth:
    November 11, 1931
  • Hometown:
    Chicago, Ill.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Strange Engineering Dragster
  • Crew Chief:
    Tim Finley
  • Career Wins: 0
  • Career Final Rounds: 3
    TF: 3
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.897
  • Career Best Speed:
    310.63
Career Highlights
  • 2009: Attended 11 NHRA events; Ran career bests in both e.t. and speed
  • 2003: Attended 14 NHRA events, and ran his career best time at 4.67.
  • 2002: Attended 17 NHRA events, finishing 15th in overall point standings.
  • 2001: Attended 13 events, posted career-best performance numbers, including his first career four-second run and first 300 mph run
  • 1999: He returned to NHRA Top Fuel competition for first time since 1993 season
  • 1990: He posted a career-best 11th place points finish with two runner-up efforts (Montreal and Seattle); Missed top 10 finish in the final standings by 36 points
  • 1985: Repeated as ADRA World Finals champ in Spokane, Wash.
  • 1975: Switched to Funny Car briefly
  • 1972: Won the AHRA Marathon Nationals in Rochester, N.Y. and the IHRA Empire Nationals in Leicester, N.Y.
  • 1966: Won the AHRA Nationals in Smithfield, Texas
  • 1965: Made first NHRA final round appearance of his career, notching the runner-up finish against Maynard Rupp at the NHRA Springnationals at Bristol, Tenn.
  • 1964: Made NHRA debut at the NHRA Winternationals, Pomona, Calif.
  • 1960: Although unofficial, is believed by many to have posted the first 200 mph run in his Chizler dragster, with 204.54 mph effort in April at Alton Dragway in Illinois
  • 1959:Won his first major national title by claiming the World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova, Ill.; Won AHRA Top Fuel world championship at Great Bend, Kan.

Personal
  • Children: Chris Jr.; Paula (wife of late TF driver Bobby Baldwin)
  • Height/weight: 5'8", 185 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Italian-made "Fino" race boat, antiques, ice-cream, and Chivas Regal scotch
  • Nickame is the “Golden Greek”
  • Oldest active competitor in NHRA Full Throttle Series
  • One of drag racing’s legendary drivers known for thrilling runs where he saved many cars from crashes with his expert skill behind the wheel and fearless driving style
  • Although he has never won an NHRA event, he claimed Top Fuel victories in several other drag racing sanctions including ADRA, AHRA and IHRA
  • Legendary match racer who is a four-time winner of the famed World Series of Drag Racing at Cordova (Ill.) Dragway and a multiple winner of the Great Lakes Dragway Olympics in Union Grove, Wis.
  • Named No. 30 on NHRA’s 50 Greatest Drivers list as part of NHRA’s 50th Anniversary celebration in 2001
  • Although unofficial, is believed by many to have posted the first 200-mph run in his Chizler dragster, with 204.54-mph effort in April at Alton Dragway in Illinois in 1960

 
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