NHRA Driver
J.R. Todd
Todd
  • Date of birth:
    December 16, 1981
  • Hometown:
    Lawrenceburg, Ind.
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts dragster
  • Crew Chief:
    Connie Kalitta
  • Career Wins: 7
    TF: 7
  • Career Final Rounds: 9
    TF: 9
  • Career Best E.T.:
    3.747
  • Career Best Speed:
    325.30
Career Highlights
  • 2012: Raced to quarterfinal finishes at Indianapolis, Dallas and Las Vegas 2; qualified for all seven races he entered; qualified a season-best fourth at Dallas; clocked career-best performances for time and speed
  • 2009: Advanced to semifinals at Sonoma and quarterfinals at Seattle
  • 2008: Raced to victory at Dallas to end Tony Schumacher’s record-breaking winning streak
  • 2007: Todd’s year was a tumultuous one, from losing one of his best friends, Eric Medlen, in a testing accident, to weathering several crew chief changes; Advanced to Countdown to 4
  • 2006: Earned first career victory at Denver; With win at Denver, became first African-American to win an NHRA Top Fuel race; Also earned victories at Sonoma and Reading and posted a runner-up finish at Las Vegas 2; Despite running a limited schedule (19 races), earned his first POWERade Top 10 points finish (8th); Won $20,000 Auto Club Road to the Future award, which recognizes NHRA’s top performing rookie driver

Personal
  • Marital status: Single
  • Height/weight: 5’6”, 140 lbs.
  • Hobbies: Bowling; skiing; riding motorcycles
  • Notable: Former NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League competitor from 1993-’98; Worked as a crew member for Bob Gilbertson’s Funny Car team from 2003-‘05

 
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