As a 15-year-old growing up in Southbury, CT, Al Hofmann went to work part time for a contractor, got married at 17 and went to work full time building houses. He bought his first race car, a '56 Pontiac, at 18 and started racing it on the streets.
Few Funny Car racers have had so many incredibly diverse experiences. In his next to last full NHRA season (2000), Hofmann gained sponsorship from the people at Mooneyes performance parts. His final pass in a Top Fuel Funnycar was on March 15, 2002 and was a 5.046 at 297.16 m.p.h. The decision to retire was a very easy decision for Al to make despite the fact that drag racing consumed his life ever since he committed to it in 1979. Overall he was very happy at what he has achieved in his sport, the pinnacle of which to him occurred when he won the Big Bud Shootout seven years ago at the 1995 US Nationals.