Emily got a great article in her alumni newsletter. Check it out here!
As many of you may have noticed, we’ve been slacking on our blogging lately. I promise is it not due to any laziness on our part. Chris and I have actually taken to updating our EMDUB Racing Facebook and Twitter accounts more regularly. We do updates from the track, as well as posting pictures and videos. If you are a Facebook or Twitter member, please follow our updates to keep up with our most recent activity and progress.
We will still continue blogging in addition to our other updates. Finally, please let us know if you have any suggestions for keeping in touch with our fans. We do our best to keep you all informed and always love to hear your feedback. Thanks again for all of your support!
Chris will be displaying our race car at the Valley Pontiac, Buick, GMC dealer in Auburn on Sunday, October 4th from 12-4pm. This is in celebration of the 2010 New Model Launch Party for the dealership. There will be a number of race cars present, so come out and support us!
Check out the website for more information!
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!
A good friend of mine, Alyssa Ramirez, who is also a sorority sister, recently asked if she could write a profile story on my involvement in drag racing for her journalism class. I thought it was quite intelligent and well written. So, here it is for your viewing pleasure. Thanks again, Alyssa!
On March 3, Chapman University senior, Emily Williams did something a little crazy—she bought a racecar.
And not just any racecar, but a Super Comp dragster, a car that can reach 170 miles per hour in 8.9 seconds. Intense, right? Not for Williams who thrives on pushing the boundaries and maintaining a busy lifestyle.
However at first glance, no one would expect Williams to be a speed-craving daredevil. With tailored pants, a chic blouse, heels and perfectly groomed hair, she looks more like a businesswoman than a drag racer. Even her major at Chapman University is relatively safe: Child Development. And she was also Archon, or President, of the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma for a semester.
“I have never been one to fly under the radar,” explains Williams. “I love trying new things, putting myself out there and doing the unexpected.”
Williams’ racing career began in January when she enrolled in a class at the Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing at the Pomona Raceway taught by professional racer Jack Beckman. This two-day class taught the basics of professional drag racing and allowed students a chance to hone their racing skills and to obtain their professional drivers license.
“Racing that car made me feel alive,” said Williams, whose face lights up at the thought of it. “When that car launches off the starting line, and you are thrown back in your seat, it is such a thrill.”
Williams was clearly the underdog. And being the only girl and one of two students under 45 years old only made her want to work harder than the rest.
“While [the other students] were all chatting and goofing off on the sidelines, I was running through the passes in my head and mentally practicing,” said Williams. “Consequently, I was the only person in the class to license in the six runs allotted.”
She did what few achieve in the drag racing world, and Beckman was impressed.
“[Beckman] told my father that I was one of the best racers he’d seen go through the class,” said Williams. “And after that, how could we not get a car?”
However, more than being a dragster, she is known for being genuine, loveable, daring, unique and dedicated as well as for being an amazing person that many people within the sorority respect tremendously.
“I really look up to [Emily] as a role model,” said Jessy Jones, the member recruitment and vision chairman. “Last fall, when I came back from being abroad, she really made me feel at home and called me her favorite.”
Now, Williams’ only worries are graduating in May and, of course, finding a place to store her dragster. Neighbors are tired of hearing the dragster run, and the family is tired of maneuvering around the dragster in the garage. So her new slogan: “Will race for rent—for the car, not me.”