Pre-Race Report: Charlotte 1

NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Event Highlights:

  • 2017 event champion
  • 2014 No. 1 qualifier

zMAX Dragway Overall Highlights:

  • Four-time winner
  • One No. 1 qualifier

2023 NHRA Four-Wide Nationals Recap:
Qualified ninth; Semifinal finish (defeated Tim Wilkerson, Dave Richards in E1, Chad Green, Bob Tasca in E2; defeated by Robert Hight, Alexis DeJoria in E3)

Last Event (Las Vegas 1):
Qualified 11th; Semifinal finish (defeated Dave Richards, Daniel Wilkerson in E1, J.R. Todd, Jason Rupert in E2; defeated by Bob Tasca, Austin Prock in E3)

Career Statistics:
633 races; 76 wins, 37 No. 1 qualifiers


  • Celebrates a two-year anniversary as a member of Team Toyota. Announced a partnership with Toyota Gazoo Racing North America ahead of the 2022 Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals race weekend
  • Reset the zMAX Dragway Funny Car speed record when he drove his NAPA Supra to a 335.57 MPH pass during the Spring 2023 event

Fan Events:

  • Friday, April 26, 2:15 – 2:45 p.m., Mission #2Fast2Tasty driver autograph session at Mission Foods midway display
  • Saturday, April 27, 10:15 – 10:45 a.m., Team Toyota autograph session at Toyota Racing Experience midway display

“I guarantee, the fans who bought tickets for zMAX can’t wait for this weekend after watching the Las Vegas four-wides and how close that final round was. For me and our NAPA Auto Care team, it’s been a different start to the year. We’ve talked about how we would get ahead of the competition and what we had to do with new parts, and a new car, and it’s a process. It’s fun for me to watch as a team owner. So proud of Guido (crew chief Dean Antonelli) and our NAPA Auto Care team for making the adjustments. Almost came away with a Wally on Sunday in Vegas, and then we stayed and tested on Monday with even better results. It’s momentum like that which really feeds your team.

“Heading into the Charlotte Four-Wide Nationals is always fun. It’s such a racing town and we’ve got a lot of fun things in the works with our Toyota partners on the NASCAR side, and the fans will be able to see that on the NHRA on FOX weekend broadcast. Our NAPA Auto Parts headquarters are in Atlanta, so this is now our closest race, and it’s always great to have guests out from corporate. We want to show off for them, and nothing would be better than to end our weekend with another four-wide trophy. Our team feels like we have some good momentum heading into what we consider one of the last ‘fun’ events of the season before we really start focusing on getting back to our normal schedule.”