John Lingenfelter (October 6, 1945
in East Freedom, Pennsylvania – December 25,
2003 in Decatur, Indiana) was an NHRA driver, engineer
and legendary tuner.
Over his distinguished career, Lingenfelter won
13 career national event events in Competition Eliminator
and was the first driver in the class to break the
six-second quarter-mile barrier. He finished second
in the Pro Stock Truck standings in 1998, which
was the first year of competition for the now defunct
class. At a career-best E.T. of 7.08 seconds, his
Cavalier was once considered the world's quickest
four-cylinder drag racing vehicle.
He was the founder of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering
(LPE for short) in Decatur, Indiana. LPE is a shop
specializing in the modification of GM vehicles
such as the F-Bodies (Camaro, Firebird), B Bodies
(Impala SS, Caprice, Roadmaster, Fleetwood), Corvette,
CTS-V, GTO, Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Escalade,
Denali, SSR, Hummer H2, and Sierra. The shop also
worked with tuning packages for the Dodge Viper
and Plymouth Prowler.
He was critically injured during an NHRA Summit
Sports Compact drag racing event at Pomona, California
on October 27, 2002. He died Thursday December 25,
2003 at Adams County Memorial Hospital in Decatur,
Indiana at age 58.