Kitty O'Neil

Race car driver, Person

1946 –

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Who is Kitty O'Neil?

Kitty O'Neil is an American former stuntwoman and racer noted for a handful of exceptional accomplishments, despite becoming deaf when she was four months old. However she did not let this disability become an obstacle to achievement. She became a stunt woman at Hollywood because she was married to a stunt man, Duffy Hambleton.

In 1977 in the Mojave Desert, she piloted a hydrogen peroxide powered rocket dragster built by Ky Michaelson to the quickest quarter mile elapsed time in auto history, with a timed run of 3.22 seconds at 396 mph with an average speed of 279.5 mph. During the same time, she also made a quarter mile run with a top speed of 412 mph. The NHRA contends that Top Fuel dragsters hold the fastest quarter mile times in the 4.4x seconds and 330 mph range as of 2005. But NHRA rules state that any run that sets a record on a drag strip must be backed up within one percent during the same meet. FIA rules on land speed records require any run to set a record must be based on the average of two runs, each way, within one hour.

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Mar 24, 1946
Corpus Christi
Also known as
  • О’Нейл, Китти
  • United States of America
Lived in
  • Corpus Christi

on July 23, 2013


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