Thank you for joining me. Lisa Sherry
From: One Tree Hill, South Australia
When did you have the realization that you wanted to pursue Drag Racing as a path?
Since I can remember- I’ve been around drag racing since I was 5, watching my dad race (he still races!). I started working on my dad’s drag racing crew when I was 15 and started racing myself in my early 20s.
Who was your support network and how did they play a role in your achievements?
Definitely my dad but not without much love and support from my mum and older sister. I also have my very enthusiastic partner Dave to thank and my sons who are both great crew members. My dad always gave me the confidence and his experience is invaluable- what he knows about racing and building motors is genius level.
What are your achievements?
Best car and Crew Adelaide 1998
Won the first meeting ever held in Mildura August 1999
Best car and crew Mildura 1999
Runner up Adelaide Feb 1999
Runner up Adelaide Oct 2000
NOTE THERE WAS NO RACING IN ADELAIDE FOR 10 YEARS until 2000 (I had my children during this time)
Runner up Charlie Dennis Memorial R1 Whyalla 2010
Runner up Charlie Dennis Memorial R3 Whyalla 2011
Runner Up Adelaide Aug 2013
Winner Adelaide Oct 2013 (the same meeting my dad won also- this is a first Father-Daughter win at the same meeting in Aust. But I’m not sure about worldwide)
Winner Nitro Outlaws Portland Feb 2016 (my dad won his class at this meeting also - a very proud moment for us all)
Many other round wins and semifinals over various events
2018/2019 was the first time I was able to travel to chase the national points and we finished in the top 10 even though I had to miss three events due to work and we had a mechanical issue at the Alice Springs round put us out in the first round.
What was your inspiration for the sport/industry?
The drive to do better, win more rounds, prove your mental toughness and continue to learn from my dad and our drag racing family (also let’s face it, we love going fast lol).
Who’s your idol?
Without a doubt my dad, well obviously but he really is a groundbreaking engine builder and driver with so many achievements to his name including many records he has helped other drivers achieve that most people don’t even know about. His love of history and anything with an engine is phenomenal and it is why he is the best at what he does. He also taught me the importance of winning and losing graciously- something that always stays with me.
I am also a huge John Zappia fan- man that guy can drive and he is a technical wizard! I’m sure I must drive him crazy with my zillions of questions about his engine combo (like a three-year-old asking why the sky is blue)- his team is awesome too which is so important.
What’s been the most challenging part…?
The most challenging part of racing in a male-dominated sport is gaining respect from male competitors as I wasn’t always treated seriously in racing.
Cash! So hard to travel without the spondoolies to pay the bills.
Most girls, women and ladies have rubbed up against acceptance hurdles in the industry; how did you combat this? And, what would be the advice for up and coming females?
Go for it ladies- there are so many more of us since I started its now a blissful norm. Once the helmet is on no one knows if you are a girl or guy anyway. In drag racing, they don’t separate out the sexes and they don’t need to- look at the top fuel class in Willowbank in 2018, nearly half the racers were women. The gender stereotype is long gone (I squashed it with my high heels ages ago!)- If you love speed then it doesn’t matter if you are a guy or a girl. You can just race for fun or you can get your race face on and be competitive. The choice is yours! Come see me at the track and get your hand's dirty ladies - you won’t regret it J
What’s your mantra?
Never let fear hold you back, if you love it then go for it!
What’s your favorite driving song and music artist?
I love heavy metal if I’m racing, I don’t have one fave but Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell is up there as well as my guilty pleasure, Metallica. However if its rod trip time then crack out the pop girl singers……….. I admit I may have got caught speeding one time because I wasn’t paying attention while singing a bit of TayTay at the top of my lungs but don’t tell anyone! The fine was very painful….
What’s your ‘girlie thing?’
I definitely am a girley girl so I love putting on makeup and fake eyelashes as well as getting dressed up for a posh evening. I ALWAYS do my hair and makeup before I race but god knows why- with my helmet and the heat I always look like I’ve been dragged through a bush backward by the end of the day.
Is there anything specific you would like me to talk about, please provide a bit of detail?
Drag racing isn’t separated out in to different classes for girls and guys and it is no longer a big deal to be a girl racer- I love that! I also support the industry by doing interviews at various regional meetings free of charge for Sporting Scribe Muscle so I’d love to give them a shout out as they provide a free live streaming service for fans via Facebook. I’d love to mention winning at two meetings with my dad – a big deal for me (I’ve come runner up and he has won many times in our own classes, but this was super special to both win)
Do you need sponsorship and if so what for…?
We always need sponsorship to cover things like tyres and travel so all dollars welcome. We can be creative with how we support our sponsors by using social media in fun ways as well as bring the car to them for displays and engine startups to drive business (it can’t be a one way street)
Your contact email and phone number.
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