Driver Bios

Rich Hanna

World Record Holder - Jet-Propelled Champion 

Rich Hanna launches his jet-propelled ‘GOJO Firebird’ Pontiac Jet Funny Car down a quarter-mile blacktop track at speeds which have reached his world record of 295.08 miles an hour. That works out to nearly five miles per minute!

How does it feel being behind the wheel of a jet thrust-driven race car? A little scary at first, the Pratt & Whitney teardown inspector and jet engine machinist admits.

Yes, Rich works at a jet engine plant when not behind the wheel of his GOJO Firebird. His is a sport not for the weak of heart. Rich sustains four positive G forces at takeoff and hits top speed in just a quarter mile. It takes a brake and a chute to stop him at 6 Gs as he decelerates.

His demanding schedule has taken Rich and his top-notch team all over America and to Canada, Brazil and Puerto Rico. Indispensable team members include his father, Al Hanna, and crew chief Jeff Robillard.”Every person has his job,” says Rich. “Preparing for the next run requires focus and precision.” Not to mention steady nerves and a dash of courage. Rich’s most important steadying influence is his family—wife, Jen, and his kids JR, Alan and Megan.

 

Ken Hall

“Top Secret” Pontiac Firebird Jet Funny Car

Ken Hall grew up working as pit crew on his father’s alcohol FC, the “Shenandoah”, and also behind the scenes at his hometown track, Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, PA. Ken was touring with this father’s blown coupe in the “Hot Rod from Hell” when he eventually took over those driving duties at 27. He was a natural behind the wheel.

More recently, he has been a member of the NHRA “Safety Safari.”

In 2001, Al and Rich Hanna were looking for a driver for their “Top Secret” Jet Funny Car. Ken fit the profile needed to drive the “most technologically advanced” Jet Funny Car in the world. Not only is he a great driver, he is wonderful with the fans. He was licensed in early 2002, and has been thrilling fans nationwide ever sense.

Ken has aspirations for the future to drive a Nostalgia front engine fuel dragster and be a motorsports broadcaster. His vibrant personality and drive will make those both obtainable goals.

Jill Canuso

Queen of Diamonds – 310 MPH Jet Dragster

Jill’s passion for motorsports was first sparked while watching her father compete at Northeast drag strips. She became a permanent fixture in his garage by age three, retrieving wrenches, cleaning parts and bringing cups of coffee. His dedication, passion and impressive trophy shelf left a lasting impression on young Jill, forming her into the competitive, winning professional that she is today. She started riding motorcycles at five years old, and collecting her own trophies won from many Track, District, State, Regional and National Championships.

A nationwide search was conducted in late 2007 for the new driver of the “Queen of Diamonds”. More than 80 applications were reviewed by Hanna Motorsports, and Jill’s qualifications and experience put her at the top of the pack. “Jill is a pro, and a natural to be on our team.”

Jill has many years of racing experience. This experience includes: Motorcycle Racing (AMA Flat Track & NHRA Drag Racing,) NHRA Bracket Drag Racing (auto), SCCA solo 2 & Road Racing, Micro Sprint Racing, Midget Car Racing (ARDC) and Professional Monster Truck Racing (driving the WRENCHEAD.com sponsored monster truck for Live Nation). “The Queen of Diamonds opportunity is one that I have earned through years of hard work and dedication. I am grateful to have been chosen to be an integral part of this well-respected three car team.” Jill always looks forward to a new challenge behind the wheel…a 310 mph challenge!

The competition, work, travel and level of dedication are what Jill enjoys the most about racing. Jill has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design and currently holds the position of Marketing Director at S&W Race Cars & Components. In her spare time she enjoys having fun with her 2 Leopard Geckos, 2 Crazy Cats and 1 Crazy Man!

 

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