Elyse McKinnon (aka Drag Bike Girl) of McKinnon Motorsports announced she is teaming up has teamed up with DEI Powersports for the 2016 season, after finally being cleared for racing since last summer when a dramatic crash left her with a long list of injuries, including a broken back. However, a successful spinal fusion surgery allowed Elyse her get back in the saddle again last weekend.
“Right now I just can’t imagine my life without drag racing but I still have some work to do to get my body back into race shape,.” she admitted after she and her team returned to their home track at Heartland Park in Topeka, KS where they will do some more testing before the start of competition in a few weeks.
Although Elyse didn’t try drag racing until September 2012 at a street legal night, she reports that she immediately became addicted to the sport and its adrenaline rush as she ran on her 2011 GSXR 600 bike. The following year she ran a BMW S1000RR, and earned her NHRA License, attended the Ryan Schnitz Drag Racing School, and completed more than 180 quarter mile passes.
She is now looking forward to getting more passes under her belt and having a great 2016 season with the support of her sponsors: Engle Motors, Vanson Leathers, Shinko Tires, Galfer, Sprint Filter, Brock’s Performance, Vortex, Schnitz Racing, Penske Shocks, APE, Bren Tuning, Motion Pro, DEI, Worldwide Bearings, GPR, American Kargo, Pro-Bolt, and RPM Powersports.
The NHRA, is the biggest drag racing organization, with over a 100 different tracks where motorcycles can be raced in 7 different divisions across the United States, while AMA Dragbike is the largest all-motorcycle drag racing sanctioning body in the world AMA Dragbike is an 8-race series that travels all over the county with 3 races in Georgia and a race in each of the following states: Tennessee, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. This is the most popular racing series with motorcycles, some of which travel over 250 mph in a quarter mile race. There are 5 racing classes dedicated to the sportbike drag racing. Some of these classes feature a bracket racing format while others are heads up racing classes where the first racer to the finish line wins. However, the majority of fans feel that the most exciting class to watch is the Pro Street class that contests the ultimate in street-legal motorcycles. These bikes appear similar to ordinary streetbike, with working headlights and taillights along with street tires,.but have a vast array of performance-enhancing products, turbo or nitrous oxide and can travel up to 200 mph.
In addition to these series, the MiRock racing series features 8-races every year run at Rockingham Dragway in Rockingham, North Carolina and Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, Maryland.