Shea Holbrook aims to branch out into drag racing

Shea Holbrook aims to branch out into drag racing

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Shea Holbrook aims to branch out into drag racing

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Pirelli World Challenge series racer Shea Holbrook is set to take on a new side of her career next year in the IHRA’s Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series, driving a General Electric J-85 Jet-Powered Dragster with Larsen Motorsports. Holbrook, co-owner and driver in the Touring Car category of PWC for Shea Racing – her family-owned team – looks forward to the unique and exciting new venture.

“Excitement doesn’t even express how I feel about this. I’m very grateful to Larsen Motorsports for this tremendous opportunity,” said Holbrook. Soon I’ll know what it’s like to move at speeds approaching 300mph – but first I have a lot to learn before I get behind a machine with 4,500 pounds of thrust!”

Holbrook, 24, became the first woman to win in the Touring Car division at Long Beach in 2011. She also took several pole positions, podiums, and wins in her 2014 season finishing second in the Touring Car A Pirelli World Challenge Championships marking her best season to date. She now has a chance to become a part of a select group of people who have driven a jet dragster.

In the 1960s, Walt and Art, the Arfons’ brothers, introduced the first jet-engine dragster along with the use of a parachute to stop the car. Modern jet cars have proven to be safer and more reliable, and continue to deliver high-speed thrills and excitement. Aircraft engines are naturally lightweight with a high power-to-weight ratio, enabling the cars to reach speeds approaching 300mph.

Holbrook has launched a crowdfunding campaign and marketing initiative to help raise funds to get her license with both the NHRA and IHRA.

“This campaign was designed to create an opportunity for those who want to get directly involved with the future of my racing career,” she explained. “My goal is to raise an additional $35,000 to help with things like an IHRA and NHRA jet license, safety gear, and other essential equipment.

“It’s an uneasy feeling asking for help, but the support I received over the years from fans and loved ones has made everything worthwhile. It’s important to me that this campaign is successful and becomes a benchmark for future racers and athletes who want to take control of their own destinies by launching their own campaigns. In my case, I’m turning to you for support.”

The campaign can be found at www.darkhorsepros.com/campaigns/75. The timeframe of the campaign is 30 days ending on December 2, 2014.

The 2015 IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series schedule kicks off in Tucson, Arizona, Feb. 6-7 at the Southwestern International Raceway.

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