Hillary Will to visit New York charity

NHRA star Hillary Will to make special visit to children in New York YPSILANTI, Mich., (June 17, 2008) - Hillary Will, the world's fastest female and driver of the 8,000-horsepower KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster, will join other NHRA POWERade...

NHRA star Hillary Will to make special visit to children in New York

YPSILANTI, Mich., (June 17, 2008) - Hillary Will, the world's fastest female and driver of the 8,000-horsepower KB Racing, LLC Top Fuel dragster, will join other NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series stars Wednesday, June 18, in Brooklyn, New York at Metro Ministries / Chances for Children in their inaugural NHRA-themed event for underprivileged children. Will along with Jack Beckman, Mike Edwards, Tom Hammonds and others will visit with over 500 children and young adults with a full day of interaction.

The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the drivers visiting the children in their respective homes. At 5:00 p.m., the drivers will get an opportunity to speak to the entire group of attendees about setting goals and following their dreams to accomplish whatever the want in life.

"I visited Metro Ministries by myself back in 2006 in my rookie Top Fuel season," Will, a 28-year old native of Fortuna, Calif., said. "I was so moved by what I saw. Pastor Bill Wilson has built and maintained an amazing organization. I'm so thankful I get to go back with more NHRA drivers. I look forward to meeting with and talking to some of the young people and everyone there."

Will and the rest of the stars of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series will be competing this weekend, June 19-22, in Englishtown, N.J., at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the annual running of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals.

Will picked up an emotional first NHRA national event title in Topeka, Kan., June 1, 2008. In doing so, she became only the 11th woman to win an NHRA event title and only the 7th womanto win in Top Fuel, NHRA's quickest and fastest class.

Will is currently in 4th place in POWERade Top Fuel championship points, the highest points placement of her three-year Top Fuel career.

A former standout in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, Will moved up to the Top Fuel class in 2006 behind the wheel of a newly formed team owned by Las Vegas businessman Ken Black and managed by Kalitta Motorsports, the multi-car team founded and owned by drag racing icon Connie "the Bounty Hunter" Kalitta. She won her first Top Fuel event trophy in Norwalk (IHRA) in her rookie season and made her first NHRA final-round appearance in Memphis later that year. She finished the 2006 season in 10th place in Top Fuel championship points.

At the first two events of this season's 24-event NHRA national event schedule, Will set the track record for speed, for either gender, at both of the quarter-miles at Phoenix Int'l Raceway (334.32 mph) and at the Auto Club Raceway at Pomona (Calif.) (334.56 mph). Will's speedy blast in California established her as the fastest woman ever in drag racing. She and the KB Racing, LLC team were also the fastest of the racing weekend (tie) at the third event in Gainesville, Fla., with a 330.63-mph lap. They were again the fastest team of the fifth event in Las Vegas, 331.85 mph.

-credit: km/kbr

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Series Charity , NHRA
Drivers Tom Hammonds , Jack Beckman , Hillary Will , Ken Black , Mike Edwards