Mopar/Pennzoil/Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car
ABOUT MATT HAGAN
Matt Hagan was crowned the 2020 NHRA Camping World Funny Car champion during the Dodge NHRA Finals presented by Pennzoil at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Behind the wheel of the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, the 38-year-old clinched his third Funny Car title to capture championship No. 18 for Don Schumacher Racing, and the sixth Funny Car title for the winningest team in NHRA history.
The 2020 Funny Car championship chase came down to an intense three-way intramural battle on the final day of the season. Hagan entered race day with a two-round lead over championship contenders and DSR Dodge teammates, Tommy Johnson Jr. and Jack Beckman, who were hot on his heels in pursuit of the 2020 title, but Hagan was unstoppable all day. After clinching the Funny Car series crown in the semifinals, Hagan went on to win the race, doubling-up on the hardware on what can only be considered a banner day.
By winning the race, the Christiansburg, Va. native, who splits his time between wrangling an 11,000-horsepower Dodge Charger Hellcat and manning his 3,200-acre hemp and cattle farm, recorded DSR’s 14th consecutive Funny Car victory, an undefeated streak he started in October of 2019 when he won the Dallas event.
Hagan, a 36-time race winner, closed out the year with three wins in five final rounds. His Indy 2 triumph allowed him to deliver milestone win No. 350 for team owner Don Schumacher.
With three Funny Car titles, Hagan ranks fourth (tied with Raymond Beadle and Robert Hight) for number of championships by an NHRA Funny Car driver.
MATT HAGAN OUTDOORS
The first Matt Hagan Outdoors store opened in December 2013 in Radford, Va., near Hagan’s home in Christiansburg, Va., and success led to moving to a larger location a year later and opening a second location in 2016.
When not wrestling his 11,000-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Funny Car, Hagan spends days on his 2,100-acre cattle farm in Christiansburg where he raises more than 600 “momma” cows that produce calves for the market, and is active in cultivating his latest business endeavor – hemp farming. He is hands-on from growing feed to being able to handle every chore on the spread.
He is an avid hunter and loves spending early mornings in a tree stand on his property hunting for deer and takes a couple trips each year out of state to hunt deer and ducks. If his bounty is too much for family and friends to consume, he shares the meat with groups helping the unemployed around his Virginia home.
FUNNY CAR INTRODUCTION
In 2009, Hagan joined DSR as a rookie and made it to a pair of final rounds and earned two No. 1 qualifying positions to earn a nomination for the Auto Club Road to the Future award as rookie of the year.
In 2008, he tested the NHRA Funny Car waters at four events and qualified No. 1 at the U.S. Nationals near Indianapolis. His early success caught the eye of Schumacher, who called to congratulate him after making the cut at the year’s most prestigious event. That conversation and his ability led to Schumacher hiring him full time for 2009.
Hagan was a proven talent after jumping from Pro Modified to behind the wheel of a Funny Car sponsored by Shelor.com, his family’s automobile business Shelor Motor Mile in Christiansburg.
As an owner/driver, he had great success during 2008 in IHRA competition where he placed third in the Funny Car category and amassed a class-best three event wins.
Hagan has been racing for almost half his life. Starting on his family’s quads as a teenager in Virginia, he developed a passion for speed and the thrill of competition to move into circle-track, stock car racing. From there, he began bracket drag racing and later made a huge splash in Pro Mod, earning the 2006 Rookie-of-the-Year honor in the NHRA AMS Pro Mod Challenge.
Hagan was an all-around athlete at Auburn High School where he was a defensive lineman and all-district center on the Eagles football team. In the spring, he was the school’s catcher on the baseball team.
He attended Radford University for four years and majored in recreation, parks and tourism.