Hilborn's Don Enriquez Inducted Into Drag Racing Hall Of Fame

Author: Skylar Drake | 03/20/2020 < Back to Motor Life Home

Don Enriquez has been inducted into the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame for 2020! He has had an incredible career as both an employee at Hilborn Fuel Injection and as a professional drag racer. Don started his career in 1962 with Hilborn and has grown with the company in that time, his nearly 60 years of experience has put him on the front line of mechanical fuel injection development. Using this knowledge along with his driving talents, he forged an impressive drag racing career. Teaming up with Gene Adams, a fellow machinist at Hilborn, the pair began campaigning a Junior Fuel Dragster. In 1968, Don became the first non-supercharged dragster to break the 200mph barrier and followed that up by becoming the first to dip into the 6-second ET in 1971. The pair dominated a host of Junior Fuel races in Southern California racking up multiple event wins and local class championships. Don did not stop there, he and Adams continued their enslaught for the next 33 years in a slew of dragsters including a twin-Chrysler injected fuel dragster that went 217mph with 6.70 ET's! The duo ended their partnership in 1988 and Don took up driving duties in the emerging Nostalgia Dragster series. In 1996, he began piloting Bob McKray's Chevrolet powered Junior Fuel Dragster. In that time, Bob/Don have accumulated countless round and event wins including four championships! This has made Don one of the most successful Junior Fuel Dragster drivers of all time (not including his tenures in Pro Comp Eliminator and other classes). All of these accomplishments on top of his constant devotion to the sport have helped him earn his place in history. Congratulations to Don on this impressive accolade!
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