Bruno Massel: wiki, bio, wife, age, net worth, crash, family, height

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Wiki/Bio Facts

NameBruno Massel
Birth dateMay 23, 1974
Birth placeElmhurst, Illinois, USA
NicknameThe Gladiator
Zodiac signGemini
Marital statusMarried
ParentsBruno Massel Sr. and Roz Massel
SiblingsDebi, Jackie, and Suzy Massel
SpouseDayna Purgatorio
ChildrenBruno III and Anthony Massel
EducationYork High School, University of Iowa
OccupationDrag racer, TV host, former model
Net worthMore than $6 million
TV showsGarage Squad, Truck U, IHRA racing series
Drag racing classesCompetition Eliminator, Stock Eliminator
Drag racing carTop Dragster
Drag racing achievementsTwo NHRA world championships, Five divisional championships, three JEGS All-Stars wins
Garage Squad cast, Bruno Massel
Garage Squad cast, Bruno Massel

Early Life

Bruno Massel was born on the 23rd of May 1974 in Elmhurst, Illinois. The only male child of the family, Bruno was raised by his parents, Bruno Massel Senior and Roz C. Massel, alongside his three sisters, Debi, Jackie, and Suzy. Bruno senior was a drag racer who won several competitions during his time in the sport. From a young age, Bruno was fascinated by cars and wanted to be a professional race driver. Growing up, he attended the York High School in Elmhurst before moving onto the University of Iowa. He graduated in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing.

Professional Career

After graduating from University, Bruno tried to study law but quit shortly after. He then started working as a model for the Ford Company. During his time at Ford, Bruno traveled all-around the world. After his dad had to undergo surgery, Bruno decided to take his place in Drag Racing. His first race was in the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) national tour. He drove his father’s Top Dragster car for the race. For the next 10 years, Bruno continued to drive but switched from the IHRA to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). He also managed to win NHRA World Championship two times.  

When Bruno was first starting as a racer, he also tried his hands on TV. His knowledge of the motorsports industry led to a full-time career as an on-camera host covering various forms of racing and special events in the auto industry.  His first appearance was as a TV commentator for the “TNN” and “SPEED” racing shows. Since then, he was regularly invited to shows on the ESPN and Discovery Channel. 

Racer Bruno Massel's winning moment
Racer Bruno Massel’s winning moment

Bruno never hanged up the steering and is heavily involved in drag racing, even today. He is best known for hosting Garage Squad, a reality show that helps car owners restore their classic vehicles, and Truck U, a show that features truck maintenance and modification tips.

Net Worth

Bruno’s current net worth is estimated to be more than $6 million. He has earned his fortune from various sources of income. He is a drag racer, a TV host, and a former model. He has won several awards and championships in his racing career, and he has also hosted and appeared in many shows related to cars and motorsports.

Car crash

In 2010, Bruno was involved in a car crash shortly after winning a race. As the race was already over, he was driving slow. And even though his car received heavy damage, Bruno was lucky to escape with a concussion. 

Personal Life

Bruno is currently married to his high-school sweetheart, Dayna Purgatorio Massel. The pair met in high-school and dated for around 10 years before tying the knot. They got married in a private ceremony on the 28th of December 2002. The pair are parents to two boys and are enjoying happy family life. 

Bruno Massel with his wife(Dayna Purgatorio Massel) and Children
Bruno Massel with his wife(Dayna Purgatorio Massel) and Children

Physical Traits

Physical traitDescription
Height6 ft 1in (185 cm) (approx.)
Weight185-207 lbs or 84-94 kg
Body typeAthletic and muscular
Eye colorBlue
Hair colorBrown
Hair styleShort and spiky
Facial hairNone
Skin toneFair and tan
Face shapeOval
Nose shapeStraight
Lip shapeThin and curved
Ear shapeSmall and flat
Eyebrow shapeArched and thick
Jawline shapeStrong and defined
Chin shapePointed and prominent
ScarsHe does not have any visible scars on his body. He may have some minor scars from his drag racing accidents, but they are not noticeable or prominent.
TattoosNone visible
PiercingNone visible


Is Bruno Massel an American?Yes
Is Bruno Massel a TV host?Yes
Is Bruno Massel a former model?Yes
Is Bruno Massel married?Yes
Is Bruno Massel a father of two sons?Yes
Is Bruno Massel a lawyer?No
Does Bruno Massel have a nickname?Yes, The Gladiator (after his father’s car)
Does Bruno Massel have a degree in finance and marketing?Yes, from the University of Iowa
Does Bruno Massel host Garage Squad and Truck U?Yes
Does Bruno Massel drive a Top Dragster?Yes
What is the name of Bruno Massel’s father’s car?The Gladiator


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