John Lingenfelter achieved prominence as one of the world's most prolific drivers, engine builders and tuners in motorsports. He won fifteen National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) national events and finished second twice in the NHRA Pro-Stock national standings.
He is the first motorsports person to be inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame.
From his early days racing go-carts on dirt tracks in Blair County to the championship days at drag strips across America, John excelled in everything that he did.
If he won, he wanted to do better the next time. If he lost, which wasn't very often, he wanted to know why.
His cars were among the quickest and best on the track. He set national records and won races and championships at every level in which he competed from his early Corvettes to his record-setting Dragsters, from Pro-Stock trucks to sport compacts, when John showed up, everybody else was running for second place.
His success with Corvettes, both in racing and tuning, led to his induction into The Corvette Hall of Fame. It also provided the foundation for his performance enterprise, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. The cars that he built built at Lingenfelter Performance Engineering became some of the most iconic in the world, not to mention some of the fastest.
**To read the complete article, check out the upcoming book release They Came From Blair County Volume Three due out in the Fall of 2024.
**Information for this article was obtained through a phone interview with Charles Lingenfelter, along with materials provided by Charles Lingenfelter
**Photos were provided by Charles Lingenfelter.