August 9, 2012 4:52 PM
There are not many race car drivers that can say they’ve been
given the “key to the dragstrip.”
After tonight, Jack Beckman can.
Beckman will be honored in front of thousands of fans, friends and
family this evening at the Irwindale (Calif.) Dragstrip, which is
near his boyhood home in Granada Hills and just a stone’s
throw from his current residence in Norco.
"This guy is one of our true local heroes,” says Irwindale
facilities manager Bob Klein. “Everyone loves "Fast" Jack
Beckman. He's a real winner in all of our books, and this chance to
tell him that right here at our little strip is a big deal for all
But tonight’s festivities are not all pomp and celebration
for the 46-year-old Beckman.
MoparMax.com is putting him to work as crew chief on their Maulin'
Magnum race car, driven by young drag racing phenom and
MoparMax.com Contributing Editor Alex Rogeo.
Jack has instructed more than 7,000 students at Frank Hawley's Drag
Racing School since 1998 and he'll be giving Alex instruction and
advice that she'll share with her readers in an upcoming
And, in case you didn’t know, Jack is quite proficient behind
the wheel. He pilots the Valvoline NextGen Nitro Funny Car for Don
Schumacher Racing in championship drag racing events across the
country. As of March 2010, the Mopar-powered driver has nine career
NHRA National Event Championships, including seven as a pro (all in
Funny Car) and two as a sportsman driver (1998 and 2003 NHRA
Winternationals in Super Competition). He has competed in 18 final
rounds in NHRA National Event Competition.