Jack Beckman is a drag racing legend. They call him “Fast Jack” for a reason, and back on July 31, 2015, the San Fernando, California native lived up to the nickname when he ran the quickest run in NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) history with a time of 3.921 seconds at 323.43 MPH during qualifying at the Sonoma Nationals. On the very next day, the Don Schumacher Racing (DSR) team member backed up his incredible qualifying time, clocking in a 3.958-second run and setting the National E.T. (elapsed time) record in a Funny Car. This is one of those “blink and you’ll miss it” type moments. Unbelievable!
Jack Beckman’s Motorsports Career
In case you needed more proof that has dominated the drag strip over the years, here’s a look at just a few more of Jack Beckman’s record-setting accomplishments.
In 2003, he won the NHRA Super Comp world championship in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series. In 2008, he was No. 3 in Funny Car point standings, with three victories in seven final rounds, while he won the NHRA Funny Car Full Throttle championship in 2012. He has 22 NHRA career wins and 45 NHRA Professional Final Rounds.
A consultant for Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, Beckman isn’t just a badass for his Funny Car feats. The 55-year-old is a cancer survivor and uses his platform as a spokesperson for cancer awareness. On top of that, Beckman is also a former sergeant in the United States Air Force, has helped raise more than $75,000 for the Infinite Hero Foundation, and on May 2013, he was presented with the U.S. Air Force Wall of Achievers honor.
Is there anything this guy can’t do?
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This post was originally published on September 23, 2019.