By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Eight rounds. Eight round wins. For the second straight year, DHL Funny Car pilot J.R. Todd has won the prestigious 64th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Todd defeated Mopar-sponsored driver Matt Hagan in the final round. Todd went 4.062 at 311.70 mph to best Hagan’s 4.141 at 300.60 mph.
This was the first-time in the final round for the new Dodge Hellcat SRT that was debuted earlier this year in June.
“This is by far a dream come true,” Todd stated. “You don’t know if you’re ever going to win Indy let alone go back-to-back. For whatever reason this year just felt different. It felt like we had a car that could come in here and win. Last year the confidence wasn’t there like it is this year.”
Todd is also the sixth driver to win back-to-back races at this historic event. He is the first to do it in Funny Car since 2011 and 2012 when Mike Neff won.
In prior events, Hagan held a 3-0 advantage over Todd. However, this was the first-time these two drivers have faced each other in the final round.
Hagan was the quicker car off of the starting line. However, shortly there after, Todd took the lead. At the 330-foot mark, Hagan had closed the gap, as he was 0.012 seconds behind Todd.
From there, Todd pulled away and increased his lead. He won by 0.0723 seconds, or approx. 32 feet.
This is Todd’s 12th career win.
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