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NHRA

Jun 17 - 2020
Read Time 2 Min

10 Questions with J.R. Todd

J.R. Todd signs autographs at the Toyota display. 10 Questions with J.R. Todd
What series and car are you currently in? 
I drive the DHL Toyota Camry Funny Car for Kalitta Motorsports
 
Describe your first win. 
I got my first win my rookie year in 2006.  Denver was my ninth start of the season and was probably the hottest track we ran on all season. A lot of teams were struggling to get down the track and I was able to win a couple rounds on pedal fests. After winning the semifinal round, my parachutes failed to open, and I ran off the track into sand trap. I thought for sure our day was over at that point, but luckily multiple teams came to our rescue and helped us get the car ready for the final round against Tony Schumacher. I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was winning my first race until the following day when I was doing interviews with USA Today and CNN News.
 
J.R. Todd smiles at Pomona in February.
What is your favorite workout at the gym? 
My favorite workout at the gym is walking out the front door and getting in my Toyota Tundra to leave!
 
What is your most memorable birthday gift? 
Getting my first vehicle on my 16th birthday was probably one my most memorable gifts.
 
What is your go-to karaoke song? 
I definitely do not sing karaoke.
J.R. Todd prepares to run his 10,000 horsepower Toyota Camry.
What TV show are you binge watching right now? 
Ozark is probably the last show I binge watched on Netflix.
 
Besides racing, what activity do you enjoy doing? 
Even when I’m not racing, I’m usually at a track somewhere watching a race. I bought a full suspension mountain bike last year and that’s something I enjoy doing out on the trails. 
 
J.R. Todd smiles before a qualifying lap.
Who is your racing idol? 
Tony Stewart is one of my racing idols.  He’s been successful in every form of racing and he’s a fellow Hoosier.
 
What sports teams are you a fan of? 
I grew up not far from Cincinnati, Ohio so I’ve always been a Cincinnati Bengals and Reds fan.
 
If you weren’t a race car driver, what would you be doing? 
I’d like to think I’d be involved in racing somehow. If I never got started as a kid, I’d probably work construction like my dad.