Florida Tech’s Elaine Larsen Fastest At National Mustang Racing Association Ford Nationals
By Adam Lowenstein, Florida Tech News Bureau // May 15, 2016
Florida Tech Jet Dragster Driver Wins
ABOVE VIDEO: Elaine Larsen joined more than two dozen other sports and community leaders in being inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony and banquet Friday night at Cocoa Beach Country Club..
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Florida Institute of Technology driver Elaine Larsen hit speeds of over 276 mph in both of her runs to post exhibition wins at the National Mustang Racing Association (NMRA) Ford Motorsports Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania.
Larsen, a two-time world champion jet dragster driver, defeated Larsen Motorsports driver Dawn Perdue, a Pennsylvania native who was familiar with that track.
In her first pass Saturday, Larsen was clocked at 276.92 mph with an elapsed time of 5.756. Her second pass achieved 276.86 mph and a time of 5.779.
“It was great to be with the NMRA this weekend; I definitely have mustang fever. But wouldn’t trade my Florida Tech jet dragster for anything,” Larsen said.
“The car is running consistent, and that is what it takes to win races. Every pass down the track, the jet dragster and I get to know each other a little better.”
Brian Tocci, Larsen’s crew chief who is enrolled in Florida Tech’s MBA program, added, “Elaine and I made a great team and took home the win for Florida Tech.”
The next event for Larsen Motorsports will be the Chevy Performance Nationals in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 3-5. Today, however, Elaine Larsen will be in the spotlight once again.
Larsen joined more than two dozen other sports and community leaders in being inducted into the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame at a ceremony and banquet Friday night at Cocoa Beach Country Club.
Inducted in the Professional Category, Larsen’s class also includes Marco Dawson for golf, Sasha Kaun for basketball, Billy Stein for baseball and Leonard Weaver for football.
Each inductee was featured in a video tribute.
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