The High Performer Award

BOB GERDES

The site was Green Avenue in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, a residential area in the 1970s but one where at any one time there may be a slew of fiberglass bodies sitting outside one particular garage. read more

DON SCHUMACHER

He started like a lot of others in the sport, wearing maybe greasy jeans and dirty T-shirts, but Don Schumacher is a driven man, driven to succeed first in the sport of drag racing and eventually the business world. read more

ALLEN & DEBBIE BRIDGES

Starting out as a part-time crewman and eventually going to work full-time on the Don Prudhomme crew, Allen Bridges was always into fuel car racing as a fabricator and engine builder. That is until he met safety pioneer Bill Simpson. read more

BILL SIMPSON

It was in 1958, when an 18-year old Bill Simpson broke both arms in a drag racing crash. He later said, “Until then, I was like most drivers. The only time I thought about safety was after I was hurt. This time, it was bad enough to do a lot of thinking.” read more

STEVE FARIA

By his own admittance, Steve Faria isn’t an engineer. As the owner of System 1, he oversees a company that specializes in oil pump and filtration manufacturing. “I was raised on a farm and you just became a sort of ‘jack-of-all-trades.’ " read more

DANNY GRACIA

Growing up in the heydays of drag racing in southern California, Danny Gracia was every bit the car guy as anyone else. In fact, rumor has it, he “borrowed” his father’s truck at nine-years old to take it for a spin around the neighborhood. And what a neighborhood it was. read more

ROB MOSER

The best laid plans often go awry. Tired of the Indiana winters, Rob Moser’s plan was to leave for the warmer climate of California with attendance at the University of Southern California. read more

JEFF STANGE

Working in the shop in his teenage years, Jeffrey Robert Stange literally learned the business from the ground up. Sweeping floors, digging ditches, and general cleaning kept the youngster busy. read more

Darwin Doll

Darwin and Pat Doll were one of the original NHRA Division Directors who set the tone for the organization in its early days. Today, they are still very much involved in maintaining the history of the sport, read more

Graham Light

If things had been different, we might be talking about the vice-president of Capital Records rather than the retiring senior vice president of racing operations for the National Hot Rod Association. read more