Shea Holbrook To Pilot Florida Tech Jet Dragster
By Space Coast Daily // January 31, 2015
Nitro Jam Drag Racing season STARTS NEXT WEEK
Shea Holbrook First Woman To Win Touring Car Division At 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Shea Holbrook, a Florida native and seven-year motorsport participant, will pilot the Florida Institute of Technology jet dragster in the 2015 Nitro Jam Drag Racing season.
Larsen Motorsports, a multi-team national professional racing organization specializing in turbine powered high performance vehicles, and Florida Tech announced their affiliation late last year.
A Tier One Best National University according to U.S. News & World Report and a top 200 university in the 2014-15 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Florida Tech is working with Larsen to open a new high performance vehicles facility that will contain full design, engineering, training, fabrication and day-to-day operation capabilities for Larsen Motorsports and the university’s students.
“The opportunity to collaborate with Florida Tech in areas of research and education is incredibly empowering,” said Elaine Larsen, co-owner of Larsen Motorsports.
“I’m proud to represent Florida Tech and have an influence both on and off the race track that will further the objectives of the university and strengthen my opportunities to be a liaison between future students and Florida Tech,” said Shea Holbrook
Holbrook began racing as a teenager. Her first mark in history was when she became the first woman to win in the Touring Car division at the 2011 Long Beach Grand Prix.
She’s been a featured athlete on Yahoo.com, Teen Vogue, NBC Sports Motor Sports Talk, CNN Live, and Racer.com.
She was also a recipient of the Lyn St. James Foundation Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Scholarship and earned a grant through the Women’s Sports Foundation ‘Women in the Winners Circle’ Project Podium Grant program.
“Over the past few months we have fast-tracked Shea to prepare her for what it will take to understand and drive a jet car at speeds approaching 300 mph,” said Larsen Motorsports co-owner Chris Larsen.
“We are pleased with her progress and positive she’ll make a fantastic driver and spokeswoman on behalf of LMS and Florida Tech.”
ABOVE VIDEO: Getting ready for the 2015, meet the Ladies of Larsen Motorsports as we race for the IHRA Jet Dragster World Championship.