Danny Thompson
Racer and world record holder

Home Country: U.S.A.

Danny Thompson devoted his life to motor sports, racing first in the Motocross category, and then switching to cars. A career path that followed his dad’s, Mickey Thompson, also known as the “Speed King” of the 1960’s. Mickey Thompson was a car racer and innovator, seeking a world speed record with a piston engine.

Mickey Thompson being unable to officially break the world speed record, Danny Thompson decided to complete his family’s legacy by accomplishing his dad’s dream with the same, restored, racing car. With the help of his family and team, it’s taken him seven long years to bring back to light the Challenger 2, his dad’s innovation from 1968. On August 13th, 2016, Danny reached a speed of 411.191 mph on his first run, and 402.348 mph on his return run, giving him an average speed of 406.7 mph. He thus broke the last class record that stood at 392.5 mph and Mickey Thompson’s unofficial record of 406.6 mph.

 

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