That remarkable and somewhat confusing photo up there was taken yesterday, at Gatornationals, when Robert Hight and Matt Hagan’s funny cars both exploded on the dragstrip, launching their fiberglass bodies high into the air. Happily, no one was hurt, and we got this amazing photograph.
Drag racing legend John Force crashed hard Sunday evening after his engine blew up and sent his Funny Car out of control into Jonnie Lindberg’s car at the NHRA Arizona Nationals, reports USA Today. Force was immediately taken to a local hospital for evaluation, but was released later that night.
Formula One week in Austin is beyond nuts, and the parties are crazy accordingly. One such gathering for assorted race weekend staff and friends had a recreation of Billy Meyer’s 1972 Motivation Mach-1 funny car sitting in the driveway so of course, they fired it up. I mean, it’s only 10 p.m. at night.
This has to be one of the most incredible code brown moments I’ve seen in a long time.
NHRA Funny Car driver Jack Beckman’s weekend started off well at the Northwest Nationals. Not only was he the first driver to break the sub-4 second mark for 1000 feet in a Funny Car at Pacific Raceways on Friday with a 3.997-second pass, but he followed it up by besting his record from Sonoma on Saturday.
19-time NHRA Funny Car winner, 2012 national champion and cancer survivor Jack Beckman is used to beating things, but may not have expected to add “national record” to the list. This 323.43 mph, 3.921 second run last Friday at Sonoma Raceway was the fastest in Funny Car history.
NHRA held its Auto Club Finals this weekend in Pomona, California, where Jon Capps' Funny Car done blow'd up. Luckily, he escaped the blaze unharmed, but let's watch an amusingly nonchalant announcer narrate the slow-mo inferno.
Smart Cars are great if you live in a city and parking is tight but they aren't exactly what one might term as fast. Thankfully whoever made this monstrosity has the solution to that problem. I present to you, the Smart ForDragstrip.
Things got a little hot for one funny car driver Friday when their 8,000 horsepower funny car exploded during 4-wide Nationals qualifying in Charlotte, NC.
You can't just stick a two-story wing on any Mopar product and call it a Superbird, that dog won't hunt. Despite that, as today's Nice Price or Crack Pipe dragster Dodge proves, you can drop in a massive mill and call it a day. But will its price turn this ‘bird' into a dog?
Yes, this is a photo of O.J. Simpson in a funny car at SEMA circa 1969. If the dragster does not fit... (Hat tip to Aaron J!)
A pre-race check nearly turns disastrous when this rip-snortin' funny car goes out of-control, ingesting the driver's son and sending him face-first into the belly of the bazillion-horsepower V8. Miraculously, the kid survived without any injuries. Here's how it happened.
Andy Willsheer is aptly named, as it took the sheer force of his mighty will to keep snapping photos of this Mustang funny car as it hurls towards his camera. His great photos and video of the accident below.
Ever wonder what it looks like from a funny car driver's perspective as something goes very wrong? Well, here's a video showing the clutch blowing up as the driver grabs second. We think someone needs a clean Nomex suit.
UPDATE: We've now posted the Scott Kalitta crash video. Funny Car driver and two-time Top Fuel champion Scott Kalitta died after injuries sustained in a fiery crash during the final round of qualifying of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway park saturday. According to reports, his Toyota…
After Danica Patrick won her first Indy race, there was a lot of noise from talking heads, with serial bloviators like Pedro de la Rosa and Gregg Doyel weighing in on the topic of women in motorsport. So, to shut up all the skeptics, Ashley Force won at yesterday's NHRA Southern Nationals to become the first female…
The bad news is the Randy Walls Super Nova exploded in a horrific fireball at half track during Chicago style first round action at the California Hot Rod Reunion. The good news is Randy walked away with only minor burns and smoke inhalation. The MaxChevy crew were down at the top end and captured the full destructive…
The mayhem that was the Chicago-style Nostalgia Funny Car battle at the California Hot Rod Reunion wrapped yesterday with Bucky Austin driving his 1977
Mitsubishi Lancer Celeste Plymouth Arrow-bodied Funny Car to the king of the hill spot. The struggle to the finish was as heavy in the pits as it was on the track, as…