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Correction to: Drag racer Holly Clarke signs on with Torklift International
LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Champion Drag Racer Holly Clarke is attending SEMA with her newest sponsor Torklift International.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 11:30 a.m. Clarke is available for interview during her press conference located in Media Center N110.
Clarke caught the racing bug at an early age.
“My first race, I was 8 years old,” she said. “I was up at about four or five in the morning in my parents room trying to wake my dad because I couldn’t control my excitement. I was the slowest car and I was out first round but I hardly cared. I had waited for what felt like forever I was just thrilled to go down the track.”
Twelve years later, the British Columbia native has several championships under her belt including six annual championships in a row.
Clarke races a 1968 Chevy Nova with a 468 big block engine. Her fastest documented time in the dragster is 10.15 seconds but the chassis is certified at 8.5 seconds for a quarter mile.
She took a brief break in 2011 to earn her automotive service technician certificate and now she is back on the drag.
“The rush of racing and especially winning is very addicting,” Clarke said. “It is a feeling that you really crave. I think a regular adrenaline rush is very healthy. Even as a kid I loved anything that gave me that drop feeling in my stomach, I like to feel a little frightened and push myself. Racing gives me that, especially during competition.”
She looks forward to building a career out of racing.
“The race track has always been home for me and I believe you should take what you love and make a career out of it,” Clarke said. “It’s awesome because away from the track I’m a real girly girl who loves heels and chick flicks, so it’s awesome to be able to embrace my inner tom-boy!”
Torklift International is a Sumner, Washington-based manufacturing company. They produce aftermarket parts for the RV and automotive industries. Products are backed by their legendary lifetime warranty and proudly made in the USA. Founder Jon Kay established Torklift International in Kent, Washington.