See O'Reilly Auto Parts Legends in Sonoma at the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals
Fans will be treated to a glimpse of racing history during the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals with the O’Reilly Legends in Sonoma program. Infineon Raceway will honor some of drag racing’s biggest stars and look back at 60 years of NHRA history during the FRAM Autolite NHRA Nationals.
Infineon Raceway will honor quarter-mile legends “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney and Don “The Snake” Prudhomme. You’ll see them around the track throughout the weekend, and be sure to drop by the autograph session in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle on Friday at 5:30 p.m., as well as a Track Talk Q&A Session on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Race fans looking for even more access should check out the O'Reilly Auto Parts Legends in Sonoma ticket package. It includes a reserved ticket on Sunday, July 31, an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime track walk/Q&A with the three legends on the drag strip, and an all-day Thunder Alley pass. All for just $80!
Here’s a glimpse at the racing legends you’ll see in Sonoma this weekend:
“Big Daddy” Don Garlits
The name “Big Daddy” Don Garlits is synonymous with drag racing, and he is often referred to as the father of the sport. Garlits’ series of hand-fabricated Swamp Rat dragsters, which helped perfect the rear-engine Top Fuel dragster design, carried him to 144 national event wins and three NHRA Top Fuel Championships, the last at age 54. Garlits was the first drag racer to officially surpass the 170, 180, 200, 240, 250, 260, and 270 mph marks on the quarter mile. He has been inducted in numerous halls of fame and has won numerous awards during his career.
Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney
Also known as the “First Lady of Drag Racing,” Shirley Muldowney is a pioneer in professional auto racing and raced equally against men for more than 40 years. She won NHRA Top Fuel Championships in 1977, 1980 and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles, and she won a total of 18 NHRA national events. Muldowney retired from professional drag racing in 2003 with the “Last Pass Tour.”
Don “The Snake” Prudhomme
Don “The Snake” Prudhomme logged 32 seasons behind the wheel as one of the sport’s elite drivers and more than 13 seasons as a team owner. Snake’s remarkable driving career began in 1962 with his first Top Fuel victory at “Smokers March Meet” in Bakersfield, and ended with 49 NHRA career victories and four Funny Car championships. Prudhomme also posted two Top Fuel championships as an owner with Larry Dixon in 2002 and 2003. He is also the only driver to win in two professional categories in Sonoma – Funny Car (1989) and Top Fuel (1992) and will be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame this weekend.