Joe Amato

1998 Inductee

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Biography

Joe gained a reputation throughout the NHRA as the “winningest driver in drag racing history,” an achievement that resulted from tenacity and determination. The 1984 Gatornationals was a pivotal weekend: Joe became the first Top Fuel driver to break the 260-mph mark, and his 262.39-mph win kicked off a streak that resulted in his first championship season. He also became the first NHRA driver to break through the 280-mph mark three years later. The 1984 championship became the first of five he would win before retiring after the 2000 season. Joe is one of the NHRA’s Top 50 Drivers.

He has also functioned as president of his wholesale and distribution business, Keystone Automotive.