California-born former drag racer who won four straight Funny Car titles from 1975 to 1978. He is a member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.
He scored his first win as a professional at the Smokers March Meet in Bakersfield, California in 1962.
His rivalry with Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen is chronicled in the 2013 film "Snake and Mongoose."
His wife's name is Lynn.
He was portrayed by "Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams in "Snake and Mongoose."