What is the Alaskan Grizzly?

The Alaskan Grizzly is family-run AA/Fuel Altered and Top Fuel Funny racing team based in Interior Alaska. The Alaskan Grizzly consists of two complete Fuel Altered/Funny Cars with four total engines. During the racing season, the team operates out of a 95 foot motor home and stacker trailer and hits the road loaded with tools and supplies for multiple race weekends.


Automotives are a family affair for the Bodenstadt clan, both on and off the raceway. The family has been racing as the Alaskan Grizzly team for over 25 years. Today, Jamie is the driver, with his wife Angie, father Gary, mother Susan and brother Marty in key support positions on the team.


While keeping the Alaskan Grizzly rolling and setting records is one of their family businesses, the Bodenstadts are also known for their skills in keeping other peoples’ rigs in top running condition in the one of the harshest climates in the world. The family owns and operates “The Gas and Diesel Doctor,” a very successful automotive repair facility and machine shop located in Fairbanks, Alaska. It draws business from as far away as Canada’s Yukon Territory.


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