Brady Bacon (born January 26, 1990) is an American racecar driver. He currently drives in the USAC Sprint Car Series and won the 2014 national championship. He previously had raced for Kasey Kahne and was a developmental driver for Chip Ganassi Racing.
With financial backing from Chip Ganassi, owner of Chip Ganassi Racing, the prototype was unveiled in February 2010 at the Chicago Auto Show. Ganassi and the team partners own the car and its patents. In July 2010, IndyCar chose a Dallara design instead.
Bacon is a third generation driver who started racing at the age of 4 and moved his way up the ranks. In 2005, Bacon was the National Modified Midget Association Nationals Champion and earned Rookie Of The Year honors in the OCRS and SMRS. He was runner-up at the Knoxville Midget Nationals that year and won the Cornhusker Midget Challenge.
Bacon debuted in the USAC National Midget Car Series in 2006, scoring two straight 2nd place finishes in his first two events and seven top 10 finishes total in 11 races. He also tallied six top 10 finishes in 10 USAC National Sprint Car events. That same year, he was the Southern Midget Racing Series champion and scored his first midget victory at Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN. He signed with the Ganassi driver development program as well.
In the 1984 Michigan 500, Ganassi cut a tire and got into Al Unser Jr. on the backstretch. They drifted into the infield. Unser hit the inside guardrail nose-first, while Ganassi's car got airborne and slammed top-first into the guardrail with Ganassi's head hitting the rail. Ganassi's car disentigrated in midair. Ganassi suffered smoke inhalation, a concussion, a broken sternum and collarbone and many contusions. This effectively ended Ganassi's driving career.
In 2007, Bacon was 4th in USAC National Sprint Car points and 8th in USAC National Midget points. He also finished fourth in Indiana Sprint Week and Indiana Midget Week points that year. He continued racing on both the national midget and sprint car toward for Kahne Racing until the end of 2008. He switched to the Mike and Megan Eubanks team starting in 2009 and mainly raced sprint cars in the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) of 360 sprint cars.
By 2011, he had won the rookie of the year for the Knoxville Nationals in a 410 sprint car and had a USAC National sprint car win.