Joe Lunati is an American drag racer and businessman.[1] He won three National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) national titles and went on to establish the cam-grinding company, Lunati Cams, now a division of Holley.


Driving a Chevrolet-powered Devin named Trouble Maker, Lunati won three NHRA national AM/SP gasser titles.

He won his first at the 1964 Nationals, held at Indianapolis Raceway Park, with a pass of 10.62 seconds at 132.93 mph (213.93 km/h).[2] He also took Street Eliminator at the event.[2]

In 1965, Lunati again took the AM/SP national title, with a win at the Nationals, held at Indianapolis. His winning pass was 10.33 seconds at 138.24 mph (222.48 km/h).[2]

Lunati won a third AM/SP title at Indy in 1966, with a pass of 10.31 seconds at 139.96 mph (225.24 km/h).[3] He was also Street Eliminator winner there that year. [3]

His Camaro, The Dixie Devil, went to the final of Funny Car Eliminator at Indianapolis in 1967 (the first time the class was run there), where Lunati lost to Doug Thorley'ss "Doug's Headers" Corvair.[4] (The Camaro was wrecked a short time later.[4] )

Lunati also formed the cam-grinding company, Lunati Cams, now a division of Holley.


  1. ^ Davis, Larry. Gasser Wars (Cartech, 2003), pp.184-5.
  2. ^ a b c Davis, p.184.
  3. ^ a b Davis, p.185.
  4. ^ a b Power Performance News online (retrieved 4 December 2018)


  • Davis, Larry. Gasser Wars, North Branch, MN: Cartech, 2003, pp.184-5.