Michael Ray heads to Sovereign-Star Racing to team up with Scotty Pollacheck for the 2013 Pro Stock Motorcycle season in the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series. Joining them toward the end of the season will be 18-year-old rookie Chaz Kennedy.
Ray broke the Harley-Davidson stronghold in the 2012 season by winning at the AAA Texas NHRA Fall Nationals, his first win in PSM.
The team will continue to run Buells in 2013, but will also be experimenting with a Suzuki engine program with the third bike.
“Michael and I have been friends for 10 years,” said Star Racing owner George Bryce on NHRA.com. “I’ve worked with him a lot at NHRA races, AHDRA races, and test sessions in previous years. He ran three NHRA races with our team in 2011 at the Gainesville, Houston, and Atlanta races. Michael also has the quickest reaction-time average in our class in NHRA, and he was the only guy to win a race in 2012 that wasn’t on a Harley. We are happy to welcome him as a new member of our team.”
Kennedy, who has been racing motorcycles since age 5, won three All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) national championships in 2011 and was named AHDRA Racer of the Year. He also won the series’ Rookie of the Year title in 2010. He sat out the 2012 season after suffering a serious leg injury at Auto-plus Raceway at Gainesville. He is the son of Pollacheck’s crew chief Chuck Kennedy.
Find out more off-season information at www.nhra.com.
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