Daytona Beach based Larsen Motorsports recently announced that they have continued to expand their already impressive lineup of drivers to include their very own Allison West. She will be joining the all-women drivers teams of Elaine Larsen who drives for the MillerWelding Company, Marisha Falk,, driver for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Dawn Perdue, driver for Sport Aviation and Kat Moller, driver for Matrix Systems Automotive Finishes. 20 year old Allison has worked with LMS for over a year on their Bio Fuels initiative, final assembly as well as on their chassis fabrication, and has recently completed the licensing procedures needed to obtain a Jet Exhibition License.
“Allison’s technical ability and hands on skills will make her valuable not only on the track, but in the shop as well,” stated team co-owner Chris Larsen.
Even though Allison West doesn’t come from a racing background, it’s been a lifelong dream for her to become a racecar driver. Whether it was playing with Hot Wheels as a kid or learning how to drive her dad’s Porsche 938 Turbo, Allison felt right at home in the Jet Dragster.
“Allison is doing a great job, I am impressed on how quickly she has adapted and feel as if she is going to be a great asset to the team” says Elaine Larsen.
Education has always been important to Allison. Graduating with honors from high school with over a 4.0 and captain of her school’s FIRST robotics team, she received a full ride to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is currently studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in robotics. She plans to further her education by pursuing a Master of Science in Unmanned and Autonomous Systems Engineering at Embry-Riddle.
For those of us who aren't lucky enough to attend the race in person, it will be televised later in the year on MAV TV. Fans of Nitro Drag Racing can watch as the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series moves to Atlanta Dragway for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals on ESPN2 and ESPN3, which will air qualifying and eliminations action May 16-18. All NHRA programming on ESPN networks is available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV via WatchESPN, accessible to fans who receive ESPN’s linear networks as part of their video subscription from an affiliate provider. Check local listings for exact time and channel.
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