Former driver of the BME (Bill Miller
Engineering) Top Fuel dragster, with a best time of 316.75 MPH in 4.59 sec., Tim
Gibson has teamed up with the Stevens Family to drive their new Top Fuel
Dragster. "I'm very excited about driving the Stevens Family' dragster in NHRA
Top Fuel" reports Gibson, who at 44 is also known for his engineering and design
expertise. A native of Alabama, he moved to California in 1984 and immediately
went to work for Don Long Race Cars, a company that built some of racing's most
famous, quickest, and fastest Top Fuel Dragsters. While working at Long's shop,
Gibson attended UCLA and in 1990 earned a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. At
UCLA he built a glider aircraft that won the annual UCLA Engineer's Week flight
competition 2 consecutive years, and even took a turn as the president of the
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Upon graduation from UCLA in 1990, Gibson worked for two years in the stealthy world of TRW Space and Defense prior to beginning a five-year stint with Dan Gurney's All American Racers, working first on the IMSA Championship winning Toyota GTP program and later the AAR Indy Car along with other programs. In 1998 Gibson left Gurney's to begin working in drag racing aerodynamics, first for Roland Leong at Don Prudhomme's and later for Wes Cerny at Joe Gibbs Racing. Gibsonís accomplishments ultimately led to his employment in the design of Force's Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, which included a significant increase in the car's aerodynamic efficiency.
In addition to his current work as John Force's aerodynamicist, Gibson designed the Gibson-Miller Supercharger and Fuel Injection systems, drives the Mastercam sponsored vintage front engine Top Fuel car at selected vintage racing events, and has driven in the Skip Barber open-wheel road racing series.
Gibson has been featured in magazines,
newspapers, and television, and has a strong relationship with the media.