Antron Brown dreamed of driving one of the world’s most iconic race cars, but never truly believed that one day he would — let alone win three world championships.
His vibrant personality, perseverance, intelligence, athleticism and deeply held religious convictions helped plot the course to getting a job driving in NHRA drag racing’s ultimate category of Top Fuel in 2008. And just four years later, the New Jersey native was crowned the 2012 NHRA Top Fuel Dragster world champion along with his Matco Tools/Toyota teammates at Don Schumacher Racing. Achieving that championship milestone enabled Antron to become the first African-American to win a major U.S. auto racing season championship. In 2016, the driver of the Matco Tools/U.S. Army/Toyota Top Fuel dragster raced to a category-best seven victories in a career best 11 final rounds led by crew chiefs Brian Corradi and Mark Oswald. His NHRA career started on two wheels when he raced a Pro Stock Motorcycle for 10 seasons and amassed 16 victories and 11 No. 1 qualifying awards, and twice finished second in the points standings (2001 and 2006).
Antron lives in Pittsboro, Indiana, with his wife, Billie Jo, and their three children. He is active in various community activities including church, NHRA Jr. Drag Racing, Boy Scouts and other youth-related programs. More impressive than Antron’s three world championships and 61 NHRA event titles (45 in Top Fuel and 16 in Pro Stock Motorcycle) are commitments to God, family and helping to motivate high school and college students through about 30 speaking engagements around the country for sponsors Matco Tools and the U.S. Army.