(born April 6, 1941,San Fernando, California),nicknamedThe Snake, is an American drag racer.
Prudhomme crewed forTV Tommy Ivoon Ivos twin-enginedslingshotin 1960.
In 1962, Prudhomme was a partner in the Greer-Black-Prudhomme, which earned the best win record inNational Hot Rod Association(NHRA) history,before switching toFunny Car. He would win the NHRA FC championship four times in his thirty five year career. He earned the nickname The Snake in high school. He was the first Funny Car driver to exceed 250mph (400km/h).
In 1965, he facedHot WheelsteammateTom McEwenat theHot Rod Magazine Championship Drag Races, held atRiverside Raceway, one of the most significant drag racing events of that era;ultimately, Top Fuel Eliminator (TFE) went toJim Warren.
He raced a Shelby Super Snake in the 1968 and 1969 seasons, powered by a Ford engine instead of the ubiquitous Chrysler Hemi. When Ford discontinued the program, Prudhomme went into the Snake and Mongoo$e phase of his career.
Prudhomme was known for his yellow 1970Plymouth Barracudain which hematch racedTom McEwen in his red 1970Plymouth Duster, namedMongoose. Both drivers gained wider public attention fromMattels Hot Wheels toy versions of the cars, released in 1970. Hot Wheels celebrated their 35th anniversary in 2005 with a two-day event.
He retired in 1994 to manage his own racing team. With driverLarry Dixon, Prudhommes team won the Top Fuel[clarification needed]championship in 2002 and 2003. In 2009, Dixon signed to drive the Al-Anabi Top Fuel Dragster, and Spencer Massey took over Prudhommes car. At the end of the 2009 racing season, sponsorship went away and Prudhomme retired from active racing.
Prudhommes accomplishments in racing are featured in the 2013 movieSnake and Mongoosewhich features the rivalry between The Snake andTom The Mongoose McEwen. The film also discusses how both drivers brought drag racing into mainstream with the Mattel Hot Wheels sponsorship. The movie was inspired by the bookSnake vs. Mongoose: How a Rivalry Changed Drag Racing Forever, written by Tom Madigan.
Don Prudhommes early career is documented in the book,Six Seconds to Gloryby Hal Higdon. The book covers the 1973 Nationals held inIndianapolis, a race in which Prudhomme was battling for his first Funny Car season title.
In 2000, he was inducted into theInternational Motorsports Hall of Fame.
He was inducted in theMotorsports Hall of Fame of Americain 1991.
On the National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers 1951-2000, Don Prudhomme was ranked 3.
Prudhommes car on fire in 1991 againstKenny Bernstein
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