The Surprising Connection Between In-N-Out Burger And Drag Racing

In-N-Out Burger is a delicious food joint with a big following. The chain is known for its affordable and simple menu of burgers, milkshakes, fries, and of course, its not-so-secret menu that includes animal fries and grilled cheese, among other items. 

According to its website, the company got its start in 1948 when Esther and Harry Synder opened a small drive-thru hamburger stand in Baldwin Park, California. It wasn't long before they had a following of people enjoying their burgers, which were made with the freshest ingredients available, a priority for Harry. Today, when customers order a burger, they can count on fresh and never frozen beef, along with hand-cut fries made from fresh potatoes. 

The iconic chain can be found in seven states, including California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, Colorado, and Utah. If you're in these states and get a craving for a delectable burger, animal fries, or a milkshake, you can satisfy your palate easily.

If you're a fan of the burger chain, you likely already have your favorite combo order. But did you know that In-N-Out has a university, or that it has a connection to drag racing?

Drag racing is an In-N-Out family tradition

You are probably wondering what burgers and drag racing have to do with one another. Turns out, Harry Synder loved drag racing; when there was an opportunity in 1965 to build a new race track in Irwindale, he made a 50% investment, according to Mental Floss. Once the race track opened, you can bet In-N-Out burgers were prepared and sold at the concession stand.

After all, it is a family tradition. Esther's granddaughter, Lynsi Synder, also has a passion for drag racing. As a little girl, she started going to the track with her dad, Guy Synder. In an interview with Orange Coast, Lynsi said, "I'm a lot like my dad, a little bit of a daredevil." It probably helps that she feels so comfortable being at the track, after all, she has been going there since she was very young. "I like an adrenaline rush," she said. When she's not at the track, you will likely find Lynsi working on different cars, since she loves motors and getting her hands dirty.