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 history with a time of 3.921 seconds at 323.43 MPH during qualifying at the Sonoma Nationals. On the very next day, Beckman backed up his incredible qualifying time, clocking in a 3.958-second run and setting the National E.T. (elapsed time) record in Funny Car. This is one of those “blink and you’ll miss it” type moments. Unbelievable!
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 his record-setting accomplishments.
- 2015 (May 24) made NHRA history by becoming the first driver in a Funny Car to record four consecutive runs below 4 seconds when he dipped into the 3-second range in the last two of three qualifying sessions then started championship eliminations in the 3s for the first two rounds. That win marked the 250th NHRA national event title for Don Schumacher Racing (DSR).
- 2012 NHRA Funny Car Full Throttle Champion
- 2008 No. 3 in Funny Car point standings, with three victories – Phoenix, Reading, Concord – in seven final rounds
- 2007 Traxxas Nitro Shootout winner ($100,000 bonus event held at U.S. Nationals)
- 2003 NHRA Super Comp world championship in the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
A consultant for Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, Beckman isn’t just a badass for his Funny Car feats. The 53-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?