The Army is continuing its major associate sponsorship of the 2012 NHRA World Champion Antron Brown in 2013. This adds on to a relationship that goes back to Brown riding the U.S. Army Suzuki for five years (2003-2007). His performance on and off the drag strip epitomizes the values of our Army Strong Soldiers. The Chesterfield, N.J. native, posted six wins and finished twice among the top three in points during his first stint with the Army Racing team. In addition, Brown proudly represented the men and women who defend our country through participation in the NHRA YES program, and provided leadership and motivation to young Americans across the country.
After a decade as one of the premier riders in the Pro Stock Motorcycle category, Antron launched his Top Fuel dragster career in 2008. The rookie driver earned two wins in five final round appearances, and claimed three No.1 qualifying awards during the 2008 NHRA season en route to finishing fifth in the NHRA Countdown to 1 standings. He captured his first-ever NHRA Top Fuel victory in only his fourth career start at Houston Raceway Park, and became the first driver in NHRA history to win races in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle.
In the past three seasons (2010-2012) driving the Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster for Don Schumacher Racing, Brown has racked up 13 wins in 26 final rounds and claimed eleven No.1 qualifying awards. Antron's 2012 championship season was a banner year for Brown as he earned six wins, the most in Top Fuel, en route to a first-place finish in the standings. Brown won 2 of the 3 prestigious West Coast Swing races including Denver and Seattle, while posting personal bests in both elapsed time (3.701 seconds) and speed (328.78 mph).
Brown has 37 wins in 73 final rounds, 32 poles and 443 round wins in 15 seasons as a professional racer. In addition, he is the only driver in NHRA history to have won races and led the standings in both Top Fuel and Pro Stock Motorcycle. He is also the first African-American to win a major American motorsports championship.
Antron and his wife, Billie Jo, reside in Pittsboro, Ind. They have three children, Arianna (10), Anson (8) and Adler (4). When not at the race track, Brown enjoys spending time with his family. He also has a passion for RC boats, motorcycles and fitness.