ABOUT

Tommy Johnson, Jr.

Don Schumacher Racing

Tommy Johnson Jr., was the driver of the MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Sponsored by Doug Chandler from 2015-2020

2020 Car: MD Anderson Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat 
Sponsored by: Doug Chandler
Crew Chief: John Collins

Personal

DOB: April 6, 1968
Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa
Residence: Avon, Indiana
Marital Status: Married (wife, Amy)
Height/weight: 5’10”, 160 lbs.
Hobbies: candle-making, bike riding, golf, lawn care

NHRA Career

Funny Car (first event: 1999)
Top Fuel (first event: 1989)
Top Alcohol Funny Car (first event: 1986)
Super Comp (first event: 2000)
Super Gas (first event: 1984)

Driver Number: 33

Career Bests:
E.T.: 3.837 seconds, Phoenix, 2017
Speed: 332.02 mph, Sonoma, 2017

By The Numbers

By the Numbers:
23 national event wins (20 Funny Car/2 Top Fuel/1 TAFC/1)
61 final rounds (51 Funny Car/5 Top Fuel TAFC/3 SG/2)

Biography

Tommy Johnson Jr., 52, has been the most successful Funny Car driver over the past four seasons with Terry Chandler’s Make-A-Wish Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car at Don Schumacher Racing by finishing third in points twice and second in 2016 with crew chief John Collins and assistant Rip Reynolds.

The native of Ottumwa, Iowa, who lives outside Indianapolis in Avon, has competed in more than 450 NHRA pro events, which includes stints driving for four hall-of-famers (Don Schumacher, Kenny Bernstein, Don Prudhomme and the NFL’s Joe Gibbs).

In addition to winning event titles in six countries.

Notable

  • Has competed in more than 450 NHRA events.
  • Has competed in seven NHRA categories: Top Fuel, Funny Car, Nostalgia Funny Car, Top Alcohol Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster, Super Gas and Super Comp.
  • At 15 became the youngest to earn an NHRA competition license and the youngest to enter a national event when he competed in the 1984 Gatornationals in the Super Gas category.
  • Owns a parts and supply company, TJ Racing Inc., that services race teams.
  • Founded a candle-making business, TA Candles, in 2017 with his wife, Amy.

Career Highlights

  • One of 17 drivers in NHRA history to have claimed a win in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories o First Top Fuel win: Seattle, 1993; First Funny Car win: Reading, 1999
  • One of 19 drivers to have earned a No. 1 qualifying position in both Top Fuel and Funny Car o First Top Fuel No. 1: Sonoma 1994; First Funny Car No. 1: St. Louis 1999
  • Has won in the Top Fuel, Funny Car, and Top Alcohol Funny Car categories
  • Has won titles in six countries: United States, England, Finland, Sweden, Australia and United Arab Emirates

ADDITIONAL CAREER HIGHLIGHTS