WOMEN'S CIRCLE: Carly Wolf
How did you get started in drag racing and how long have you been racing?
I got started in drag racing half way through my junior year of high school where I did the high school challenge series at Atco Dragway. The reason I wanted to race is because I can actually
drive fast some place legal and not have to worry about speeding tickets! As far racing length, this coming year will be my third full year racing.
In a predominantly male sport are you treated fairly / equally by your fellow male racers?
I would say for the most part yes. There are always going to be comments made that can be easily shrugged off. The most common thing I hear is that they do not want to lose to a young girl.
What are the top 3 things that you enjoy the most about drag racing?
1. I get to spend a lot of time with my family.
2. The feeling I get when I win a round, even if I do not win the whole race, just the fact I got to go a few rounds means I did something right!
3. How tight the racing community is, if something happens, someone is always there to help!
Recently woman have been dominating the national drag racing circuit. What do you think is the reason for this?
It could be a lot of reasons, but I think the main one is they are determined. If you look at the girls
who are dominating the sport, they are all out there every weekend working to get better. I do not
think they are complacent and they know how to stay motivated.
Who is your favorite female racer and why?
There are a few female racers I really like, but I would say my favorite is Ashley Force Hood. She
was the first of John Force’s daughters to step up into a Funny Car and do extremely well with it.
If you watch her grow comfortable with the car, it is actually something commendable. I just hope
she returns to racing!
Is there anyone that you would like to thank for helping you get started into drag racing?
There are a lot of people who have helped with my journey, but really the driving force behind
all of this was my dad and two guys named Jaime and Craig. My dad helped me get my computer
car to run the same number back to back for several years, and I would not be at the point I am
without him! Jaime is the one who actually kind of taught me how to bracket race. I give him my
time slips, and we always talk it over to see what happened. Craig actually gave me a really
expensive part for free, and if it weren’t for his contribution, I probably would not have been able
to go forward with racing. That part helped me get to a competitive level with my street car.
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