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Menards

Background Information

Employment History

Kalitta Motorsports

Member, Junior Dragster Program

National Hot Rod Association

Contributor

Drag Racing's Internet Magazine

International Hot Rod Association

Affiliations

Member of Funny Car Team
Bob Gilbertson

Education

Frank Hawley NHRA School of Drag Racing

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Black Dragracers.com News

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J.R. Todd Named The New Driver Of The Menards/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel Dragster!

Todd, 23, was selected out of a pool of highly qualified candidates.
"I'm very excited to bring J.R. Todd to our team and I'm confident he has the complete package necessary to be highly competitive behind the wheel of our Top Fuel dragster and is best equipped to represent Menards in the marketplace," said Dexter Tuttle.
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Billed as "The Quickest, Fastest African-American in Motorsports," Todd joined the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League program at age 10.At the age of 16, he earned his Super Comp license and later attended the Frank Hawley NHRA School of Drag Racing, where he honed his skills in Top Alcohol Dragsters and earned his IHRA Top Fuel license in June 2000.He is the first driver to progress from the Jr. Dragster program to the Top Fuel class.
Despite competing in only seven of 10 IHRA races in 2000, he still finished sixth in the points standings and scored a runner-up finish.While pursuing a full-time ride, Todd has remained involved in NHRA drag racing, working as a member of Bob Gilbertson's Funny Car team.
Todd will join the Menards team in Las Vegas for preseason testing before beginning his NHRA Professional career at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.
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Todd and Scott Okuhara have joined Schumacher Racing from Don Prudhomme's blue Funny Car team.
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Todd (shown) has worked for the Snake for the past 12 years and Scott for nine years.
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Todd will initially be a co-crew chief with Olsen on Bazemore's car and Scott heads for the Ron Capps Brut team as a tuning assistant with Ed "the Ace" McCulloch.


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J.R. Todd has been named the new driver of the Menards/Tuttle Motorsports Top Fuel dragster.Todd, 23, was selected out of a pool of highly qualified candidates.

"I'm very excited to bring J.R. Todd to our team and I'm confident he has the complete package necessary to be highly competitive behind the wheel of our Top Fuel dragster and is best equipped to represent Menards in the marketplace," said Dexter Tuttle.
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Billed as "The Quickest, Fastest African-American in Motorsports," Todd joined the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League program at age 10.At the age of 16, he earned his Super Comp license and later attended the Frank Hawley NHRA School of Drag Racing, where he honed his skills in Top Alcohol Dragsters and earned his IHRA Top Fuel license in June 2000.He is the first driver to progress from the Jr. Dragster program to the Top Fuel class.
Despite competing in only seven of 10 IHRA races in 2000, he still finished sixth in the points standings and scored a runner-up finish.While pursuing a full-time ride, Todd has remained involved in NHRA drag racing, working as a member of Bob Gilbertson's Funny Car team.
Todd will join the Menards team in Las Vegas for preseason testing before beginning his NHRA Professional career at the season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, Calif.


Competition Plus.com - Drag Racing's Internet Magazine

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J.R. Todd Selected as New Driver for the Menards Team

(11-30-2005) - Dexter Tuttle of Tuttle Motorsports has anounced that J.R. Todd is the new driver of the Menards Top Fuel Dragster.
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Todd, 23, was selected out of a pool of highly qualified candidates."I'm very excited to bring J.R. Todd to our team and I'm confident he has the complete package necessary to be highly competitive behind the wheel of our Top Fuel Dragster, and is best equipped to represent Menards in the marketplace."
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Billed as "The Quickest, Fastest African-American in Motor Sports" Todd aggressively moved through the sportsman ranks beginning at the tender age of 10, when he joined the NHRA Junior Dragster program.At the age of 16, he earned his Super Comp license, and a short time later attended the Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing where he honed his skills in Top Alcohol Dragsters.Advancing quickly, he earned his IHRA Top Fuel Dragster license in June 2000.
By his 3rd IHRA professional race, he achieved a runner-up finish.In spite of competing in only 7 of 10 races in 2000, he still finished 6th in the IHRA point standings.Todd is the first driver to progress from the Junior Dragster program to the prestigious Top Fuel class.While pursuing a full time ride, Todd has remained involved in NHRA drag racing, working as a member of Bob Gilbertson's Funny Car team.
Todd will join the Menards team in Las Vegas for preseason testing before the season-opening NHRA Winternationals held in Pomona California.


Competition Plus.com - Drag Racing's Internet Magazine

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J.R. Todd Selected as New Driver for the Menards Team

(11-30-2005) - Dexter Tuttle of Tuttle Motorsports has anounced that J.R. Todd is the new driver of the Menards Top Fuel Dragster.
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Todd, 23, was selected out of a pool of highly qualified candidates."I'm very excited to bring J.R. Todd to our team and I'm confident he has the complete package necessary to be highly competitive behind the wheel of our Top Fuel Dragster, and is best equipped to represent Menards in the marketplace."
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Billed as "The Quickest, Fastest African-American in Motor Sports" Todd aggressively moved through the sportsman ranks beginning at the tender age of 10, when he joined the NHRA Junior Dragster program.At the age of 16, he earned his Super Comp license, and a short time later attended the Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing where he honed his skills in Top Alcohol Dragsters.Advancing quickly, he earned his IHRA Top Fuel Dragster license in June 2000.
By his 3rd IHRA professional race, he achieved a runner-up finish.In spite of competing in only 7 of 10 races in 2000, he still finished 6th in the IHRA point standings.Todd is the first driver to progress from the Junior Dragster program to the prestigious Top Fuel class.While pursuing a full time ride, Todd has remained involved in NHRA drag racing, working as a member of Bob Gilbertson's Funny Car team.
Todd will join the Menards team in Las Vegas for preseason testing before the season-opening NHRA Winternationals held in Pomona California.


J.R. Todd will be moving to ...

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J.R. Todd will be moving to a flopper in 2017.

J.R. Todd will be moving to a flopper in 2017.
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Todd _ who in 2006 became the first African-American to win an NHRA Top Fuel race _ actually will be making a return to the Funny Car class. Todd worked as a crew member on Bob Gilberston's Funny Car during the 2003-2005 NHRA seasons along with current Kalitta employees Nicky Boninfante and Tommy DeLago.
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"Connie told Jim Oberhofer (Vice President of Operations, Kalitta Motorsports) the DHL Toyota is a special car and that I was the right guy for the job, which was a huge compliment to me," said Todd, who will make his Funny Car debut at the season-opening 57th annual Circle K Winternationals in Pomona, Calif., in February.
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Todd joined Kalitta Motorsports during the fourth race of the 2014 season and went on to a career-best second-place finish in the point standings. In 152 Top Fuel events, Todd has nine victories, 19 final-round appearances, nine poles and 149 round-wins. The 2006 Auto Club Road to the Future Award winner as NHRA's Rookie of the Year, Todd has placed in the top-five in the point standings twice, including a fourth-place finish in the 2016 edition of the six-event Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
"Ever since I worked with Nicky and Tommy D. on a Funny Car, driving one has been in the back of my mind and most people have known that," said Todd, a resident of Avon, Ind., who will turn 35 on Dec. 16.
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J.R. is a very motivated driver and continues to be a perfect fit at Kalitta Motorsports.

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