At the halfway point of the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series regular season J.R. Todd and the DHL Toyota GR Supra Funny Car team are sitting in sixth place in the point standings and looking to make a move as the summer heats up. The DHL Funny Car team has three semifinal finishes in the previous six races along with an additional quarterfinal finish at the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals. This weekend at the Norwalk Nationals Todd will be looking to race to his first win at the track located an hour outside of Cleveland.
“We have been right on the cusp of getting our first win with this new Toyota GR Supra Funny Car body,” said Todd. “The track in Norwalk is fast so I am excited to get four qualifying runs and then see what we can do on Sunday. Everyone over here on this DHL Toyota team is working hard so I have a lot of confidence.”
Nine races into the new season Todd has made around 40 passes in qualifying or competition with the new Supra body. The brand-new design affords Todd better vision and the team is working to develop a solid tune up to maximize the new look Supra.
“Todd and Jon O. have a good handle on this DHL Funny Car and I feel more comfortable as the driver with every run,” said Todd. “We are now to the point with as many runs that we have we are fine tuning and I think we are right around the corner from a win. Once you get that first one, I think we can get on a roll. This class is tough, but I have the best guys working with me.”
On Friday professional nitro qualifying will begin with Funny Car leading into Top Fuel for two sessions in the evening. Saturday will flip the two classes for two more qualifying runs with final eliminations starting at 11 a.m. ET.
2021 NHRA Norwalk Nationals Highlights: Qual. No. 9; Beat Mike McIntire; Lost to Ron Capps
Last Event Recap 2022 Thunder Valley Nationals: Qual 11; Lost to Cruz Pedregon
Career Stats: 264 events, 256 starts, 288 round wins, 19 wins, 40 finals, 14 No. 1 qualifiers; In Funny Car: 112 events, 112 starts, 10 wins, 20 finals, 140 round wins, 5 No. 1 qualifiers
Winternationals: Qual 8; Beat Bobby Bode; Lost to Ron Capps
Arizona Nationals: Qual 8; Lost to Alexis DeJoria
Gatornationals: Qual 11; Lost to Blake Alexander
Las Vegas1: Qual 9; Beat Tim Wilkerson and Jason Rupert; Lost to Ron Capps and Matt Hagan
Houston: Qual 13; Beat Bob Tasca III, Jim Campbell; Lost to Matt Hagan
Charlotte1: Qual 6; Beat Dale Creasy Jr, Chad Green; Lost to Ron Capps, Mike McIntire
Richmond: Qual 5; Lost to John Force
Epping: Qual 10; Beat Blake Alexander, Cruz Pedregon; Lost to Matt Hagan
Bristol: Qual 11; Lost to Cruz Pedregon
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