Shea Holbrook shifts to jet-powered dragster in IHRA

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Chances are if you’re a fan of road racing or have followed the Pirelli World Challenge the last several years, you’ve heard of Shea Holbrook. Holbrook won five races in this year’s PWC TCA class this season and finished second in the championship; she’s also done the Fireball Run and is an active advocate for Duchenne’s.

Holbrook, however, is making a surprise career shift looking to 2015, where she’ll be going drag racing with General Electric J-85 Jet-Powered Dragster with Larsen Motorsports in the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.

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

She’s looking for crowdfunding to help raise funds to get her license, via Dark Horse Pros. Holbrook, known as one of the more social media savvy drivers in racing, has the campaign that runs through December 2.

“This campaign was designed to create an opportunity for those who want to get directly involved with the future of my racing career,” she said. “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.”

Drag racing has long been an arena where female drivers have succeeded; currently, the Force family, by way of John’s daughters Courtney and Brittany, along with Patron-sponsored Funny Car driver Alexis DeJoria, are all contenders. Courtney Force and DeJoria have won races this season. So with time and training this could well be an opportunity where Holbrook’s name gets mentioned in that same lofty category.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.