He was In a long and distinguished career in drag racing, LaHaie proved himself of championship caliber of numerous fronts. An NHRA Winston Top Fuel champion as a driver in and a two-time championship crew chief for Scott Kalitta and Larry DixonLaHaie was responsible for countless national event wins in a fuel-racing career that spanned 40 years.
The guy that could do it all in top fuel; build, tune and drive, passed away on December 5, at the age of seventy-six. The Michigan native won championships as a driver but also tuned Scott Kalitta and Larry Dixon to a combined four top fuel championships. LaHaie's road to success started at the early age of thirteen with a Mercury Coupe that he purchased with money he had saved up over a period of three years.
Much like Tim Wilkerson today, LaHaie was a man of the people because he did it all and did it with less. In the mids, with a small crew that usually just included his daughter Kim and, later, son Jeffthey more than held their own against the higher-funded and larger teams of guys like Joe Amato and Gary Ormsby. I got to interview him a lot during the s, and even though he always seemed to have 20 things on his to-do list, he made the time to answer questions though he clearly was disdainful of stupid questions; we came prepared!
Dick LaHaie, a NHRA Top Fuel world champion as a driver and crew chief, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 76 following a career filled with noteworthy achievements. LaHaie debuted a new Wayne Farr-built chassis at the Winternationals, winning that race. He became a full-time racer that year, following it by finishing fifth in points in
NHRA drivers, crew members and fans are mourning the recent loss of a legend. After winning this race and many others throughout his time as a driver, including an NHRA world championship, LaHaie became an integral part of Kalitta Motorsports. InLaHaie was a vital part of the resurgence of the Don Prudhomme-backed Top Fueler driven by Dixon, which finished third that year, second inand won the championship back to back in and
Dick LaHaie was a racer that it was nearly impossible to root against. He and his daughter Kim were sentimental favorites during their rise to top fuel championship status in the s and his career continued on for decades racking up wins and championships as a thoughtful and skilled crew chief. From his own NHRA top fuel championship as a driver and owner to the and Scott Kalitta championships as well as the and top fuel top fuel championships he crew chiefed Larry Dixon to, the guy was simply fantastic. He was 76 years old at the time of his passing.