NHRA Insider Podcast: Joe Amato Talks About Life and Career, JR Todd Talks About Reaction Times, Quarantine, and More


NHRA Insider Podcast: Joe Amato Talks About Life and Career, JR Todd Talks About Reaction Times, Quarantine, and More

Since the NHRA is on an extended layoff like all of motorsports at this moment, it has been a good excuse to have legends and cool people on the NHRA Insider Podcast that I have always wanted to chat with or get on the show but have been unable to.This week two good guests in the form of both JR Todd who talks about his appearance in the Pros vs Joes Reaction Time Challenge and NHRA living legend Joe Amato, the five time top fuel world champion and a guy who has stories, memories, and fun remembrances for days. Both of these guys represent an element of cool in drag racing with JR Todd being a funny car champion and one of the most high profile guys in the sport and Joe Amato being one of the coolest dudes who ever lived!

When it comes to JR, he stays tight lipped about the results of the reaction time challenge but sets up the contest pretty well, talks about the pressures involved and how he was practicing in order to get ready to take on sportsman racers who are beyond skilled at the lights. This is fun stuff.

Joe Amato talks about his 1990 championship, the third of the five he would earn in his career. He talks about his life, being a 16 year old high school dropout who eventually operated a company that had hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue a year, and all of the stuff that goes along with that. He’s one of the most fun guys you’ll ever meet and the fact that he still loves life, is amazingly active, and maintains his great attitude makes him a great listen.

Hit the image below to listen to the NHRA Insider podcast with Joe Amato and JR Todd –


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6 thoughts on “NHRA Insider Podcast: Joe Amato Talks About Life and Career, JR Todd Talks About Reaction Times, Quarantine, and More

  1. 69rrboy

    In the 80’s a co-worker of mine who was NOT a car guy went golfing up near Wilkes-Barre, PA. When he came in on Monday he said “I have to tell you this story”. He said “I got to the course and they paired me up with this guy who said his name was Joe. All day people were saying hi to him like he was the mayor or something. Then when we were done and in the clubhouse he got a stack of papers out of his briefcase that had a picture of him standing in front of some car and proceeded to sign them for whoever walked up. I finally asked him…Exactly who are you anyway? When he told me I just said I’m sorry but I still don’t know you but that’s cool because all these people seem to think you’re somebody important and then I left!”.

    I tried to explain the racing thing to him but he never did understand. Not long after that I finally met Joe myself. I was gonna bring up the story but I figured that probably happens to him all the time. He seemed like a nice guy to me. At least I knew who he was when he signed my hero card!

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  2. Mark678

    You invited a legend. The guy who succeeded and dropped out of school. I used to be very interested in math and seek advice thinking of becoming a car engineer after college. But in the end, I fulfilled my dream, without college, and realized that if you have a dream, you can succeed. Inspiring interview.

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  3. JakeThomas

    You invited a legend. The guy who succeeded and dropped out of school. I used to be very interested in math and seek advice thinking of becoming a car engineer after college. But in the end, I fulfilled my dream, without college, and realized site that if you have a dream, you can succeed. Inspiring interview.

    100% true

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  4. Tom90

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