Dick LaHaie
Dick LaHaie
Category: Drag Racing
CLASS OF: 2022
BORN: January 8, 1942
DIED: December 5, 2018

NHRA (1959-2005)
Only person to win a Top Fuel title as driver and crew chief
1987 Top Fuel Champion driver
Victories: 15
Retired as a driver in 1991
Crew chief for Scott Kalitta’s 1994, 1995 Top Fuel titles
Crew chief for Larry Dixon Jr.’s 2002, 2003 Top Fuel tiles
Named one of NHRA’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 2001
Inducted into International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2003

Other Motorsports Series:
Three-time United Drag Racers Association Champion (1970, 1973, 1976)


He’s the only person in NHRA history to win Top Fuel championships as a driver and a crew chief. LaHaie captured the 1987 NHRA Top Fuel title as a driver and four more as crew chief for Scott Kalitta (1994, 1995) and Larry Dixon (2002, 2003). The Michigander also drove to three United Drag Racers Association titles (1970, 1973, 1976). LaHaie retired from driving in 2005 with 15 NHRA Top Fuel wins. LaHaie scored his first major victory at the 1980 Summernationals. In the early days, he would sometimes dig through trashcans for parts the top teams had thrown away, then go out and beat them with their discards. His 1987 TF title was won with daughter Kim as his crew chief. Said the NHRA upon LaHaie’s passing, “In a long and distinguished career in drag racing, LaHaie proved himself of championship-caliber on numerous fronts.” LaHaie was No. 31 on NHRA’s 2001 list of its 50 Greatest Drivers. He was inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame in 2003.

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