Shirley Muldowney

Inducted into the Michigan Motor Sports Hall of Fame in 1986


MuldowneyShirleyHead 72Shirley Muldowney’s first race was in 1972. It was an A Class Dragster with Small Block Chevy at Fonda, NY.

Shirley ran this twin engined Gasser early in her career

Shirley ran this twin engined Gasser early in her career

  • Dragsters Driven: A Class; Funny Car; Top Fuel
  • Family: Son, John, on pit crew
  • Tracks Competed At: All (NHRA) National Hot Rod Association Sanctioned Events throughout USA, Canada.
  • Achievements include the first Woman to:
    • Be sanctioned and licensed driver in NHRA

      Don Garlits and Shirley do battle

      Don Garlits and Shirley do battle

    • Win a NHRA event
    • Win a NHRA Championship, 1977
    • Win 3 National Events in a row, 1977
    • Be owner-driver of own Top-Fuel Dragster
  • NHRA Winter, Spring, & Fall Nationals Winner 1982
  • NHRA Champion 1982
  • Top-Fuel World Champion NHRA 1982
  • First car, A Class Dragster, built and crewed by husband, 1972
  • Funny Car purchased from Connie Kalitta, 1972
  • Driver for Kalitta’s Top Fuel Dragster 1973-1977
  • Went own way 1978
  • Shirley retired in the early 2000’sMuldowneyShirleyPink 72