Pete Zaccagnino

Race #24 – Vampire

Vampire

Biography

Born in New Brunswick, NJ, Pete has pursued all things aviation since the beginning. Earning his Undergrad in Aeronautical Engineering, restoring three airplanes and building two others, he has flown over 20,000 hours in over 260 aircraft types and flight tested over 670 aircraft. Pete’s company manages several corporate jets and he spends four months each year flying customers around the world.

His 12 years of racing at Reno have included the finish line win, 2015 Jet Gold Champion, the 2013 Jet Gold champion at 509 mph, and the fastest qualifying lap at 529 mph! In 2007, he became the Gold champion in the Sport Class. Pete won at his first race in his first year. He is also the owner of High Performance Aircraft Group which performs flight test services for several manufacturers, U.S military and foreign military. Pete also holds several licenses and a variety of type ratings in several Jets and former military aircraft.

Pete’s latest endeavors include aviation filming and production. He has produced and been involved with multiple Discovery channel pieces, Smithsonian Channel, Documentaries and several shorts and race productions. When not flying Pete is an avid skier and loves most activities in the outdoors.