NHRA DRIVER, INFINITE HERO FUNNY CAR
Jack Beckman is a U.S. Air Force veteran, a cancer survivor and a drag-car racer who has exceeded speeds of 300 miles per hour. Now “Fast Jack” devotes much of his time to helping veterans and other cancer patients. Beckman, 48, most recently won the 2012 National Hot Rod Association Funny Car world championship. He has won 17 national event titles and is a five-time world record holder (his speed mark of 333.66 mph in the quarter-mile remains the milestone that distance). Beckman served four years in the Air Force, honorably discharged as a sergeant at age 21. He spent 10 years as an elevator technician, quitting in 1998 to teach drag-racing (training 7,000 students over the years). In 2003, still an amateur, he drove his 160-mph dragster to the HHRA Super Comp world championship. But a year later Beckman was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma, undergoing six months of chemotherapy. Undaunted, he went pro as a drag-racer and Funny Car driver in 2005. Since then he has led campaigns to educate and motivate cancer patients, and to raise money and awareness for American war-zone veterans and those with mental or physical injuries. Beckman has helped deliver one million post cards to soldiers abroad, via Mail Terminal Services. Now he works with the Infinite Hero Foundation and visits military hospitals and VA facilities to offer thanks, praise and gratitude.