NHRA Driver
Jim Head
Head
  • Date of birth:
    September 05, 1948
  • Hometown:
    Columbus, Ohio
  • Sponsor/Car:
    Head Racing Toyota Camry
  • Crew Chief:
    Jim Head
  • Career Wins: 6
    TF: 3 FC: 3
  • Career Final Rounds: 18
    TF: 8 FC: 10
  • Career Best E.T.:
    4.063
  • Career Best Speed:
    311.20
Career Highlights
  • 2011: Posted semifinal round finishes at Charlotte 1 and Phoenix; set a career best for time and speed
  • 2010: Posted semifinal round finishes in Topeka, Brainerd, and Reading
  • 2009: Advanced to first final round in two years at the season opening Kragen O’Reilly NHRA Winternationals; Set career-best speed
  • 2008: Advanced to three semifinal rounds (Phoenix, Gainesville, Bristol)
  • 2007: Advanced to the Countdown to 4 by reaching six semis and one final in the regular season; Qualified for 19 of 23 races; Was as high as fourth place after Atlanta; Reached first final round since 1999 season (runner-up to Mike Ashley at Topeka); Ran a career-best e.t. at Chicago
  • 2006: Advanced out of the first round five times, including semifinal appearances at Indianapolis and Brainerd; Qualified for 16 of 18 events started; Lost four times to 2006 POWERade world champion John Force, but did upset the 14-time champ in the first round at the prestigious U.S. Nationals
  • 2004: Returned to Funny Car class after 15 seasons
  • 2003: Advanced to the final round at Reading; recorded career-best numbers in time and speed; finished 12th in points with only 16 starts
  • 2002: Returned to NHRA competition following two-year hiatus
  • 1999: Won the coveted Blaine Johnson Award for his role in working with the NHRA on improvements at various tracks with heavy concentration on safety, including the solid concrete walls that run the length of the track for added safety for drivers and spectators
  • 1998: Finished in the top 10 for second consecutive season; Was the runner-up at the first two events of the season; Led the standings following the Mac Tools Gatornationals; Won a career-best 20 elimination rounds
  • 1997: First Top Fuel top 10 points finish and first since 1987 when he competed in Funny Car; Won the U.S. Nationals, becoming the fourth driver ever to win the event in both Top Fuel and Funny Car
  • 1996: Won first career event in Top Fuel
  • 1995: Qualified for 16 of 19 events, qualifying as high as No. 4 (Sonoma)
  • 1994: Qualified for 16 of 18 events; Qualified as high as No. 3 (Memphis)
  • 1993: Scored first career No. 1 qualifying position (Englishtown)
  • 1992: Posted runner-up finish at season-opener at Pomona, Calif.
  • 1989: Made switch to Top Fuel
  • 1988: Raced in both Top Fuel and Funny Car and was runner-up at season-opener (FC)
  • 1987: Fourth consecutive top 10 finish in standings; Runner-up at hometown event at Columbus
  • 1986: Posted two runner-up finishes
  • 1985: Earned two victories
  • 1984: Won prestigious U.S. Nationals for first career victory defeating Kenny Bernstein in final round; Finished a career-best No. 6 in the final Funny Car standings in first year after switching from Top Fuel despite missing first two events of season

Personal
  • Wife: Tammy
  • Son: Chad (11/6/73)
  • Daughter: Sammy(3/13/94)
  • Height/weight: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds
  • Hobbies: Fishing and flying one of his three personal planes
  • Owns general contracting business, Head Inc.
  • One of the first drivers to use onboard computer technology and multi-stage clutch -- now the standard in nitromethane racing;
  • Earned civil engineering degree from Ohio State University in 1971
  • Started drag racing in 1964 in self-prepared ‘56 Chevrolet

 
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