Luigi Novelli
  • Date of birth:
    December 20, 1942
  • Hometown:
    Crete, Ill.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    National Machine Repair
  • Crew Chief:
    Buzz Ols
  • Career Wins: 0
  • Career Final Rounds: 0
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Career Highlights
  • 2009: Attended five events; Qualfied at hometown event in Chicago
  • 2008: Qualified at half of the six events he attended
  • Has raced in Top Fuel for more than 25 years with many of the legends and pioneers of the sport
  • One of the sport's oldest licensed Top Fuel drivers
  • Began his career in Top Fuel in the mid-1960s
  • Competed in NHRA's last 32-car Top Fuel field
  • Won UDRA Championships in 1978-79

  • Married, wife: Josephine; son: Angelo; daughters: Gilda, Lynette, and Andrea
  • Enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandchildren
  • Nicknamed "The Rod Father"