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.