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.