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Employment History

Member, Team
Menards

Member, Junior Dragster Program
National Hot Rod Association

Member of Funny Car Team
National Hot Rod Association

Member, Team Kalitta
Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fueler


Team Kalitta


Kalitta Motorsports


International Hot Rod Association

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.


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.


Todd Joins ...

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Todd Joins Kalitta For Rest Of Season

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J.R. Todd will take over the Kalitta Motorsports dragster previously driven by David Grubnic for the rest of 2014. (NHRA Photo)
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J.R. Todd will take over the Kalitta Motorsports dragster previously driven by David Grubnic for the rest of 2014. (NHRA Photo)
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Team owner, crew chief and drag racing icon Connie Kalitta made the decision to change direction with his dragster by tapping Todd to drive his Top Fueler during the previous event, the 15th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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Todd, a 32 year-old resident of Lawrenceburg, Ind., has accumulated six wins in eight final round appearances in NHRA Top Fuel competition. He began his straight-line racing career in the NHRA Jr. Drag Racing League, where he competed from 1993 until 1998. After serving as a crew member on a Nitro Funny Car team from 2003 until 2005, Todd got his chance to drive at NHRA's highest level, Top Fuel, in 2006. He earned his first career Top Fuel trophy in 2006 in Denver to become the first African-American to win an NHRA Top Fuel race. His most recent victory in NHRA Top Fuel was in Dallas in 2008.
"To say I'm excited to be a part of Kalitta Motorsports is a huge understatement," said Todd, who most recently drove a Top Fueler for Bob Vandergriff Racing in Gainesville, Fla. last month.
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We are very confident that J.R. will represent our team, Optima Batteries, and all of our sponsors to the utmost of his ability.


J.R. Todd - Driver of the ...

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J.R. Todd - Driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel Dragster

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- Todd set a career-best elapsed time mark last month in Topeka, Kan., (3.747 sec.) - Todd joined Team Kalitta in March as the full-time driver of the Optima Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fueler
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J.R. Todd drives the OPTIMA Batteries/Advance Auto Parts Top Fuel dragster while Connie's nephew, Doug Kalitta, pilots the Mac Tools Top Fuel dragster.


Effective immediately, Rob Flynn has ...

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Effective immediately, Rob Flynn has returned to the Ypsilanti, Michigan, shop and will partner with the Hall of Fame driver, tuner and team owner Connie Kalitta to be the co-crew chief on the Top Fuel dragster driven by J.R. Todd.

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"J.R. is an excellent driver and I look forward to an outstanding season."
This will be the second time that Flynn and Todd have teamed together.
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I am excited about the opportunity to work with Rob again," said Todd.
2016 will be the third season for Todd at Kalitta Motorsports. Since joining Team Kalitta, he has earned two victories and 45 round wins, while making the Countdown for the Championship in both seasons. Todd earned his career-best championship finish, a runner-up, in 2014.
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Not only is he going to add to make J.R.'s team more solid but he will add in making Kalitta Motorsports better as a whole."
A new crew chief is not the only thing that Todd will welcome to the 2016 NHRA Mello Yello Series season. An announcement regarding sponsorship of Todd's Top Fuel dragster for the entire season will be made in the near future.

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