Bobby Bode

Bobby Bode is the current driver of the Bode Motorsports Nitro Funny Car. He is the youngest nitro funny car driver ever, making his debut in Houston 2020 at only 18 years and 6 month old. In his first race ever, he qualified an impressive number 7, the best Bode Motorsports has qualified in 15 years. Bobby has been long-groomed in drag racing, as he started racing junior dragsters at the age of 8. He had a long, successful junior dragster career and started licensing in his dads funny car at 18. He is in contention for 2021 NHRA Rookie of the Year. Outside of racing, Bobby currently is a sophomore college student attending Arizona State University, majoring in business.

​​Bob Bode
Owner and Former Driver

Bob Bode has been racing most of his life.  He experienced the thrill of winning but

learned about the dedication, focus and professionalism necessary to win while racing

on the professional level during his twenty years power boat racing under the

American Power Boat Association (APBA). 

In the 1980's, his circle boat racing career peaked when he captured two Super Stock

National Championships as a hired driver.  Bob then moved up to the top of the class

of the APBA circle boats, K Racing Runabouts (Blown Alcohol Circle Boat) in the

1990's as an owner/driver of his own race team.

Bob was “Rookie of the Year” in 1990 and during his remaining years racing K-boats, won several local and regional events including the Eastern Divisional Champion Title.

Inspired after attending an NHRA event in 1999, Bob's imagination and racing desire was again fueled by nitro funny car racing and he immediately knew that this was his next racing venue.  Bob spent two years acquiring the needed racing equipment and formed his own nitro funny car race team.  In February and March of 2001, Bob earned his NHRA funny car license and made his debut in the nitro funny car racing class in Atlanta later that season. 

Bob's career highlight came in 2010 in Brainerd, MN. He surprised everyone and won the race and took home the trophy. To this day, it is considered one of the greatest upsets in drag racing history.

Bob recorded his career best ET (elapsed time) of 3.98 seconds @ 320 mph in Pomona, CA in 2018.  

Bob gave up the driving suit to his son, Bobby, at the end of 2020. He has made over 200 starts and made over 800 passes down the track during his career. He will still make cameo appearances on the tour, but Bobby will be doing most of the driving.


Bob, a Chicago native, and his wife, Alice, were married in September of 2000.

On April 23, 2002, Bob and Alice welcomed their first child, son Bobby.

Bobby has been racing junior dragsters since he was 8 and hopes to race his dad's funny car when he is 18.


Bob is President of AR-BEE Transparent Products, Inc.  AR-BEE, located in Elk Grove, Illinois, manufactures plastic bags for all types retail, industrial and commercial packaging.  Plastic bag types include: printed, custom, plain, zip top, punch handle and door knob.