Joey Haas, a Findlay native now living in Tennessee, recently got his last license for the National Hot Rod Association.
"Joey went to Okaw Valley School Class of 2009, Lake Land College and had an Electrical Apprenticeship in Decatur with Bodine Electric," says his mom, Kristi Ryan of Toledo. "He made the 30 under 30 list in Drag Illustrated last year. He just turned 29!"
Haas will be making his NHRA Mello Yello Series debut in the Top Fuel Dragster category at the 66th Annual Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals at the Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis Sept. 3-6.
Top Fuel Dragsters can accelerate from 0 to 330 MPH in under four seconds. They are extreme machines using 16 spark plugs, under acceleration burning 80 gallons per minute of nitromethane fuel, which costs roughly $40/gallon. This is the highest level in the sport of drag racing.
The owner of his dragster is Terry Totten of Totten Motorsports in Gretna, Nebraska.
Haas began racing at Coles County Dragway in Charleston, Illinois. He and his wife Elizabeth own The Barn at Murphey Farm Wedding and Event Center in Pleasant View, Tennessee, just northwest of Nashville.
His parents are Joe and Charli Haas of Findlay and Kristi and Jeff Ryan of Toledo.