INDY STRIP NOW NAMED BOB GLIDDEN DRIVE

Written by Bobby Bennett.

As a matter of fact, he does own the road. The drag strip located at Lucas Oil Raceway of Indianapolis is now named “Bob Glidden Drive”.
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Those who raced against Bob Glidden in the 1970s and 1980s new the drag strip already belonged to him.

Glidden, a nine-time NHRA U.S. Nationals Pro Stock champion, will have his name on a street sign mounted on the starting line.

NHRA President Tom Compton presented Glidden with a commemorative plaque and unveiled the new sign.

“Bob Glidden’s accomplishments at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals are legendary,” Compton said.  “To this day, Bob still holds the record for most wins at this event, the world’s largest and most prestigious drag racing event, and it is only fitting that this hallowed drag strip be aptly named Bob Glidden Way.”

Glidden, who lives in nearby Whiteland, Ind., was taken aback by the ceremony.

“It’s been a storybook career for me,” said Glidden. “Thank you to all the fans and NHRA and all the support they’ve given us over the years. We owe everything that we have and are to NHRA Drag Racing.”

Glidden’s domination of the Pro Stock category extends well beyond Indianapolis.   He won an unprecedented 10 NHRA world championship in 16 years, including five consecutive titles from 1985 to 1989, and amassed 85 national event victories.  In the summer of 1978, Glidden won nine straight national events.  He also qualified No. 1 at a record 23 consecutive races, including all 14 events in 1987.

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