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This profile was last updated on 2/11/06  and contains information from public web pages.
 
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • NHRA

Education

  • Frank Hawley NHRA School of Drag Racing
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Black Dragracers.com News
www.blackdragracers.com, 11 Feb 2006 [cached]
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.
Competition Plus.com - Drag Racing's Internet Magazine
www.competitionplus.com [cached]
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
www.competitionplus.com, 28 Nov 2005 [cached]
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.
Article
www.readingeagle.com, 14 Sept 2006 [cached]
To a casual drag racing fan, J.R. Todd came out of nowhere.
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"For a rookie to win two races in the first year is pretty remarkable," said Todd, who beat Schumacher again two weeks later at Sonoma, Calif. "We planned to run only 14 or 15 races because we didn't have funding.
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Like many of his driving peers in the top-tier NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series, Todd spent many years working his way up the ladder.
He's the son of a racer Mario Todd drove motorcycles on flat tracks, and when his 10-year-old son expressed an interest in following his footsteps, Mario steered him toward drag racing.
Mario's full-time employer, a construction company, sponsored dragsters and provided similar assistance.The run in the NHRA Junior Drag Racing League lasted from 1993-98.
"He got pretty banged up racing motorcycles," J.R. Todd said of his father.
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Todd then returned to the NHRA in 2003 as a member of Bob Gilbertson's Funny Car pit crew.
That job, Todd said, helped prepare him for his current ride.
"I learned a lot of the mechanical side, how cars work and are put together," Todd said."I didn't know a lot, and now I have a lot of respect for the car."
Coming into this weekend's Toyo Tires Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway, Todd is in 12th place in Top Fuel points, 115 out of the top 10.He's also a serious candidate for NHRA Rookie of the Year.
In the competitive world of race funding, Todd could go into 2007 with an advantage.
"For sure, these things run on dollars, and we're running on deals for next season," Todd said.
Motorsport.com: News channel
www.motorsport.com, 6 Jan 2007 [cached]
Lucas, Todd enjoy Olympic bobsledding
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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (Jan. 6) -- The scenic countryside and picturesque surroundings of Lake Placid, site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, has offered the NHRA Top Fuel aces Morgan Lucas and J.R. Todd an Olympic sensation unlike any have ever felt before -- riding in a competitive Olympic bobsled.
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It's been neat hanging out with J.R. and meeting all the NASCAR guys.
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Todd also has discovered a new adventure and shares Lucas' feelings completely.
"I definitely have a lot of respect for those Olympic guys who are out there doing this," said Todd, NHRA's 2006 Rookie of the Year and three-time Top Fuel race winner.
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Lucas qualified in the No. 7 position after his two eligible runs while Todd placed No. 11th.
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