Joe Amato is living an extraordinarily full life – with milestone moments not in the ordinary order.
In a whirlwind 13 days last month, the five-time NHRA Top Fuel champion from Eastern Pennsylvania turned 70 years old, married longtime girlfriend Andrea Donten, and was graduated from high school.
“I never graduated high school, because I quit school to work my father’s business when I was 16,” Amato said of his unconventional introduction to the working world. “I went to South Scranton Junior High School. I only went to the 10th grade.”
His father developed a debilitating heart condition and was unable to keep up with running A&A Auto Parts. The speed shop’s only two employees quit then to open a gas station. Amato and his dad asked, “What do we do now?”