PERSONAL

Alias: “The Flying Dutchman”
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Birthplace: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
Birthday: March 23
Married: Wife, Gerda Joon
Children: Two adult sons (Martijn and Ruben)


ABBREVIATED BIO

Joon was born in Amsterdam (the Netherlands). He began his racing career in the mid-1980s progressively moving up through the various sportsman and then professional categories. He is a past FIA champion in Europe. In 2013, he and his wife Gerda made the move from Europe to the USA to pursue their ultimate goal of racing within the NHRA’s Top Fuel category of professional racing.

STATISTICS
  • Career Best Elapsed Time: 3.93 sec
  • Career Best Speed: 310.68 mph
  • FIA European Top Fuel Champion: 2005
  • FIA European Top Fuel Runner-Up: 2007 & 2008
  • Best Overall European Top Fuel Driver: 2005-2009
  • Best Appearing Crew: November 2009 (Las Vegas, NV)
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Finished season ranked 18 (out of 41 drivers in the Top Fuel Dragster category)
  • Competed in two events
  • Licensed in top fuel category in the United States
  • First European driver who received a Green card and moved to the USA
  • First European driver who chased The American Dream
  • Set new 60 ft track record, Drachten July 0.834 sec
  • Top 10 finish qualifying Friday Pomona, CA 4.12 sec
  • No 1 qualifier Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, England
  • Winner “Best Appearing Crew” Las Vegas, Nevada
  • First Dutchman ever to run a Top Fuel dragster in the USA We called it “The American Dream Tour”
  • New Personal Best, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Winner Nitro Nationals, Alastaro, Finland
  • Finalist, Easter Thunderball, Santa Pod Raceway, England
  • No 1 Qualifier Nitrolympics, Hockenheim, Germany
  • New track ET record, 4.77 sec, Nitrolympics, Hockenheim
  • Finalist Nitrolympics, Hockenheim, Germany
  • First 4 second run ever during the night show at Nitrolympics, Hockenheim, Germany
  • Finalist European Finals, Santa Pod Raceway, England
  • Runner up in 2008 FIA Top Fuel Dragster Championship
  • Winner Easter Thunderball, Santa Pod Raceway, England
  • New personal best ET, 4.750 sec, Easter Thunderball, Santa Pod Raceway
  • Winner Veidec Festival, Mantorp Park, 3rd round of FIA Championship
  • New track ET record, 4.79 sec, Nitrolympics, Hockenheim, Germany
  • Runner up in 2007 FIA Top Fuel Dragster Championship
  • Winner Explorama Drag Challenge at Amcar Raceway, Gardermoen, Norway
  • Moved up in the championship from 5th to 3rd in standings
  • Beat all of the 2006 FIA event winners: Fallstrom–round 1 (Santa Pod), Nataas–round 2 (Finland), and Nilsson–round 3 (Sweden)
  • FIA European Top Fuel Dragster Champion
  • Winner, Main Event, Santa Pod Raceway, England
  • First Dutchman to win an FIA drag race title
  • First Dutchman to break the 5 second ET barrier, May 29, Main Event, Santa Pod, England – 4.920 seconds
  • First Dutchman to break the 300 mph barrier, September 11, at 304.19 mph
  • Track Record, Airstrip Drachten, July 17, MPM Internationals, Drachten – 3.64 seconds
  • First Dutchman to break the 4 second barrier, July 16, MPM Internationals, Drachten, 3.67 seconds
  • Runner Up, Top Fuel Challenge Nitrolympics, Hockenheim, Germany
  • Quickest Top Fuel Dragster run of the 2005 season, Mantorp Park, Sweden – 4.788 seconds
  • Quickest side by side run, 4.788, Lex Joon, defeated 4.953, Andy Carter, Mantorp Park, Sweden
  • Started own Top Fuel Dragster team; MPM Top Fuel Racing
  • Finished 7th, FIA Top Fuel European Championship
  • Semi finals: Mantorp Park (Sweden), European Finals (Santa Pod)
  • Runner Up, Pro Fuel Shoot Out, Easter Thunderball, Santa Pod
  • Debut in Top Fuel Dragster class (CBD-team)
  • Two races with Top Fuel Funny Car
  • Immense fire with Top Fuel Funny Car, England
  • First year with MPM International Oil Company as main sponsor
  • Finished 3rd, FIA Top Methanol Funny Car Championship (entered 5 out of 6 races)
  • Winner, Gardermoen, Norway
  • First Dutchman to win FIA drag race event
  • Runner Up, Sko Uno Festival, Mantorp Park, Sweden
  • European Record holder: European Finals, Santa Pod, 5.778 sec
  • Finished 8th, FIA Top Methanol Funny Car Championship
  • Finished 7th, FIA Top Methanol Funny Car Championship
  • Entered NHRA Auto Club Finals event, Pomona Raceway, USA
  • Finished 7th, FIA Top Methanol Funny Car Championship
  • Finished 3rd, MSA British Drag Racing Championship
  • Finished 4th, FIA Top Methanol Funny Car Championship
  • Two Runner Up finishes in FIA European Championship
  • Finished 11th, FIA Top Methanol Funny Car/Dragster Championship (entered 3 out of 5 races)
  • Winner Nitrolympics, Hockenheim, Germany
  • Finished 8th, FIA Top Methanol Funny Car/ Dragster Championship (entered 3 out of 4 races)
  • Winner, Cannonball, Santa Pod, England – Worlds quickest Funny Car race
  • Rookie of the Year, Top Methanol Funny Car Class
  • Entered the Pro Street and Competition classes
  • European Champion, Pro Street 1989
  • Dutch Champion 7 times
Lex proudly standing behind his impressive collection of trophies.