Owner of Gas Monkey Garage and star of the Discovery Channel series Fast N' Loud, he is a car enthusiast who bought his first car, a green '74 Mercury Comet, when he was only 14 years old.
He served as a firefighter, police officer, and paramedic before building a printing and advertising company from the ground up. He eventually sold the company to fund Gas Monkey Garage.
He set a world record for the cannonball run, a road trip covering 2,811 miles from New York to Los Angeles, by finishing the drive in 31 hours and 59 minutes and averaging 87.6 miles per hour.
His dad was a major influence in his passion for cars and had to work two or three jobs just so he could afford a car or motorcycle of his own. He married a woman named Suzanne in 1999 and, after being divorced for six years, they remarried in 2015.
He and Paul Teutul both hosted reality series on the Discovery Channel.