An old friend and sorority sister asked to write a short article on my racing experience for a sports reporting position. She did a great job and I thought I should share it with you all!
Also, here is the link to the online article.
Emily Williams; “Life in The Fast Lane.”
What’s a girl to do when she feels the need for speed? For 22 year old Emily Williams, the answer was drag racing. Emily is currently racing a super comp dragster out of Woodinville, WA.
As a kid, Emily developed an interest in motor sports when her Dad Chris took her for rides on his motorcycle. While a college senior in Orange County, California, Emily enrolled in a Super Comp race class. From her first class, Emily was hooked. “Racing made me feel alive,” she said. Despite being one of the youngest students and the only girl in class, she earned her racing license.
After college Emily moved home to Washington. She prepared for grad school but also made time for her passion. Emily’s dad/crew chief helped her find an affordable car. Emily was ready to go and named her racing team – “EmDub Racing” after a nickname given to her by a sorority sister.
Before Emily could race competitively she had to make many practice runs with her father. She learned that, maybe more than any other sport, drag racing is a mental game. “Before I race,” she said, “I always run through the whole procedure in the car both physically and mentally. Consistency and procedure are essential for winning and safety.”
The race season ended as the rainy season began but for Emily it was an eventful rookie year. “Overall this year has been amazing,” she said. “Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better first season. I am passionately in love with drag racing.”
Not only did she get lots of practice runs on the track, Emily even competed in some actual races, getting her first win at the Fall Classic. Right now, Emily is focused on her grad school classes but by next season she’ll be ready to put the pedal to the metal!