Las Vegas, NV
Photos by: Jody Rael
Drag Racing teenage girls - not something you hear everyday!
Tell us more about this and how you got into this unique sport.
I have tried every sport you could think of. Karate, ballet, track, soccer, gymnastics, lacrosse, and equestrian. Even swimming even though I never learned how to hold my breath underwater. I was first introduced to Drag racing by my dad when I was 10, he took me to a race and asked if I wanted to try this. First time after going down the track a year later, I kept going on how much I loved this sport and I have done it ever since. Over the years, my journeys down the drag-strip have brought me many rewards, such as Rookie of the Year, Track Champion 3 years in a row (4 times total), and the crown jewel of drag racing: the Wally Trophy. This prestigious reward with a classy brass finish is named after the NHRA’s founder, Wally Parks. It can only be won by the best of the best. The feeling I felt when I first won this award is indescribable, because I know of so many of my peers who trained countless hours for one of these, only never to receive one.
In July 2015 I had a mechanical failure in my rear left axle during the Western Conference Finals that caused me to roll my Dragster 10 times at almost 100mph. Once my car came to a halt on the side of my Dragster I blacked out with my helmet stuck in my cage. I was taken in care of the Life Safety EMT team at the track to determine If I had any injuries, thankfully I didn't. Once I regained consciousness the Track Owner asked me, “Trinity, are you ok?”. I responded, “How bad is my car and what am I driving tomorrow”? The Track Owner along with the Largest Chassis builder of Jr Dragsters on the West Coast were astonished said they wanted me to drive one of their Dragsters tomorrow in the finals. My parents and friends stayed up all night transferring parts, engine and safety gear to the new Dragster until 3:00am. 5 hours later was the start of the finals and I was in a new car, which is different and difficult for any seasoned driver. After a crash like mine most drivers never touch a race car again and not even 12 hours of barely escaping with my life without any injuries, I went round after round and finished 2nd place out of 174 kids racing that weekend.
Tell us more about yourself.
My goal is to inspire other girls and women to follow their passion. When others doubt you, you have to believe in yourself because everyone has the power to become the best version of themselves. Obstacles will be thrown at you at very unexpected times but you have to bounce back stronger every time to let your name be heard in the group of thousands. I hope to keep chasing my passion of adrenaline and maybe become a professional racer one day.