Chris Rado

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Christian Rado
Nationality American
Born (1975-07-30) July 30, 1975 (age 41)
Pennsylvania
Global Time Attack Time Attack
Teams WORLD Racing
Starts 109
Wins 78
Poles 45
Fastest laps See achievements below
Previous series
2008, 2009, 2010 Redline Time Attack Super Lap Battle
Championship titles
2009, 2010 Unlimited FWD Champion

Christian Rado (born July 30, 1975 in Reading, Pennsylvania[1] ) is a professional racing driver from the United States.

He is chiefly notable for his partipication in import drag racing, previously piloting a factory backed Scion tC in the Pro FWD category in the NHRA Sports Compact series for his own team, WORLD Racing in addition to other series such as the NOPI Drag Racing Series and Battle of the Imports. In addition to this, Rado also partipicates in time attack events in a tC particularly in Global Time Attack (GTA) time attack and Super Street Super Lap Battles.[2]

Beside his factory sponsor, Rado's sponsors include WORLD electronics, Lincoln Technical Institute, Descendant Racing, EA Sports, Alpinestars, HRE Performance Wheels, Brian Crower (BC), STACK, ScionLife.com, Deatschwerks Injectors, Golden Eagle Mfg., Isha Foundation, JE Pistons, Turbonetics, Spearco Intercoolers, Need for Speed (video game), Mishimoto Automotive, Brembo, Penske Racing Shocks and Continental Tire.

History[edit]

Established in 1999 by Chris Rado, WORLD Racing and WORLD Motorsports are headquartered in Torrance, CA, with a second fully functioning facility in Reading, PA. Rado has been known as one of the leaders on the professional compact drag racing circuit, Chris has always been viewed as an innovator paving the way for others to follow. WORLD Racing employs a full-time team of motorsport professionals focused on the design, development and maintenance of the most competitive time attack program in North America.[3]

Taking track innovations to the consumer, WORLD Motorsports develops world-class performance parts for street applications. The Descendant brand developed by Chris Rado and WORLD Motorsports has become the #1 provider of after-market performance parts for the Scion brand.[4]

WORLD Racing has become the undisputed global leader in creating reliable, high-horsepower four-cylinder engines and race engine packages for the sport compact industry and beyond.

Achievements[edit]

2012[edit]

• New FWD Record 1:25.555 Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA.
• New FWD Record 1:20.810 Palm Beach International Raceway, Jupiter, FL.

2011[edit]

• New FWD Record 1:05.481 New Jersey Motorsports Park – Millville, NJ.
• New FWD Record 1:47.394 Buttonwillow Raceway - Buttonwillow, CA.
• New FWD Record 1:45.320 Infineon Raceway – Sonoma, CA.
• New FWD Record 2:16.585 Sebring International Raceway - Sebring, FL.
• Rado to be featured in Need for Speed - The Run video game with his 2,500HP V-8 powered Supra street car.
• Rado to be featured in Shift 2: Unleashed video game in the Time Attack and spoke about it and with his 1,200HP Team Need for Speed AWD Scion tC.
• Rado to speak on Capital Hill regarding his Lincoln Technical Institute "Success Story" in early February 2012.
• Performance Auto & Sound Magazine – November 2011 Cover and Feature Article -Team Need for Speed, Fwing 2.0 Scion tC.

2010[edit]

• New FWD Record 1:21.910 Willow Springs International Raceway, Rosamond, CA.
• New FWD Record 1:46.730 Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA - 1st Place
• New FWD Record 1:26.226 Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
• New FWD Record 2:16.585 Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL
• August, 2010 competition debut for the 2010 Team Need For Speed All-Wheel Drive Scion tC - Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA
• Modified Magazine November, 2010 -FIRE IN THE HOLE Cover/Feature - 2010 Team Need For Speed Scion tC

2009[edit]

•1st Place! New FWD Record 1:03.623 Phoenix International Raceway, AZ Taking FIRST OVERALL
•1st Place!New FWD Record 2.27.xxx Spring Mountain Motorsprots Park Pahrump, NV
•1st Place!New FWD Record 1:35.989 Carolina Motorsports Park,SC. Taking 3rd overall.
•1st Place!New FWD Record 1:03.084 Nashville Super Speedway, TN. Taking 2nd overall.
•1st Place! New FWD Record 1:22.623 Willow Springs, Rosemond, CA. Taking 5th overall.
•1st Place! New FWD Record 1:30.717 Autobahn Country Club, Joliet, IL

2008[edit]

• Broke his record from the previous year at Willow Springs International Motorsports Park. He currently holds the title of the fasted lap in the FWD Unlimited Class with a time of 1:27.30

• 1st Place FWD Record Summit Point Motorsports Park

2007[edit]

• Set a new lap record for FWD with a 1:29.34 and took first place at Willow Springs.
• Chris went his fastest in a FWD car 7.34 seconds in the 1/4 mile

2006[edit]

• Pepsi spokesperson for Car Culture & Street Motion Tour
• Factory Scion tC Drag Program spokesperson
• Raced in the NDRA & NHRA Drag Series
• Large presence with race and project vehicles at major car shows including: DUB, Hot Import Nights, Hot Import Days & the Super Street Tour

2005[edit]

• Debut of the most radical FWD Drag Race Car in the World
• Chris also revved up the MTV Special: Life in the Fast Lane- documenting the wild lifestyle and heavy foot of Pro Drag Racer Chris Rado. The show has resulted in some of the highest ratings on MTV and MTV2, introducing the sport compact era to mainstream TV

2004[edit]

• 4 event Wins
• 2 event Runners-up
• #1 Qualifier in 8 straight events
• NHRA points Championship Runner-Up in Pro FWD
• NDRA points Championship Runner-Up in Pro FWD
• NDRA National ET & MPH record holder

2003[edit]

• First NHRA Sports Compact Toyota factory-team driver
Toyota development and transition year in NHRA
• 4 event Wins

2002[edit]

• "Quickest & Fastest Pro FWD unibody vehicle in the World"
• First PRO FWD into the "8s" (8.91 @ 159.8 MPH)
• Held the World Speed Record (8.94 @ 161.8 MPH)
• NIRA Points Championship Runner-Up in Pro FWD
• 6 event wins

2001[edit]

• "Quickest and Fastest Pro FWD uni-body"
• 8 event wins
• World Record Speed for uni-body Pro FWD (9.25 sec. / 159 MPH)
• NHRA Points Championship runner-up in Pro FWD

2000[edit]

1999[edit]

• 10 event wins
• Super Street "Rookie of the Year"
• First NHRA import winner [5]

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