Amato Racing


Not surprisingly, there are thousands of drag racing fans who envision NHRA Winston Top Fuel World Champion and All-Star Team member Joe Amato as little more than a sublimely successful quarter-mile competitor. They may admire his prowess behind the wheel– indeed one would be hard pressed to mount an argument to the contrary– but they very likely see him as a one dimensional individual. Such a value judgment would be both hasty and entirely incorrect, for Amato is much, much more than just about the best Top Fuel driver to come down the pike in a long time. He is, by all accounts, one of the most innovative and successful businessmen to have involved himself in the aftermarket industry since . . . well, since the world began hearing how Joe Hrudka took a tiny basement-based endeavor and turned it into a multi-million dollar conglomerate.

Who is Amato?

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While Hrudka’s empire is well known even among the masses, it is men like Amato who have helped that empire grow and expand, for Amato’s Keystone Automotive is one of the largest warehouse distributor setups in the nation. Hard-core race fans have long noted the Keystone name and logo on Joe’s rather lengthy string of colorful and very competitive alcohol-fueled Funny Cars and [Read more…]