Kate Harker & Tom Conway Team Up for Top Alcohol Dragster Action in 2007 GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Australian Top Alcohol Dragster driver Kate Harker will team up with Team Owner and Crew Chief, Tom Conway in 2007 to challenge the NHRA Top Alcohol ...
Kate Harker & Tom Conway Team Up for Top Alcohol Dragster Action in 2007
GAINESVILLE, Ga. -- Australian Top Alcohol Dragster driver Kate Harker will team up with Team Owner and Crew Chief, Tom Conway in 2007 to challenge the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster Championship. This is not the first time this pair has lined up for competition, in late 2006, Conway and Harker made three event starts and earned a semi-final finish at the Snowbird Nationals at Bradenton Motorsports Park in November. However, this will be Harker's first season competing as a driver in the NHRA Lucas Oils Sportsman Drag Racing Series.
After making successful laps at Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School behind the wheel of the school's Blown Alcohol Dragster, Harker, 23, originally from Brisbane, Australia, completed her Top Alcohol Dragster license at a test session at the Texas Motorplex with a blistering 5.355 second lap at 258 mph behind the wheel of Conway's dragster in late September 2006. Harker was then invited to join Conway and his team as driver at the LODRS Division 7 race event and two post season races in Florida where Harker and Conway made a semi-final round finish.
"I really enjoyed working with Tom and his team last year" said Kate "We are very excited that we can continue racing together and are looking forward to stepping out next weekend in Houston, Texas to fly the Conway Automotive banner."
Conway and Harker have scheduled a full season of racing including ten National events and all six rounds of the Lucas Oils Division 4 series. The pair will run a similar schedule as contended by Conway last year focusing around the south central and eastern parts of the NHRA tour.
In her homeland of Australia, Kate was an accomplished pilot in both the Jr. Dragster ranks along with the ANDRA Modified eliminator, the NHRA equivalent of Top Dragster. She also has a Bachelor of Commerce from Griffith University, which she hopes to use to acquire sponsorship for the season. Harker's identical twin sister, Diana, will be joining her as a licensed Top Alcohol driver later this year and is scheduled to attend Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School to learn the Alcohol ropes on April 9-11.
Harker spent last year as a full time crew member on her parents, Steve and Jenelle Harker's, NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car doing everything from helping build the engines to managing the logistics for the team. "Last year was a great learning path for me" comments Kate "Mum & Dad taught me a lot about how the Alcohol cars work and have shown me what it takes to be competitive on the NHRA Tour, it helped make my transition to Tom's car very smooth process."
Conway a multiple NHRA Divisional Champion, and a two time NHRA National Top Alcohol Dragster Champion himself, as well as winning the 2005 NHRA National Championship as a Team Owner is confident with Harker behind the wheel of his A/Fuel dragster that the pair can produce some final round appearances in 2007 and be a serious contender for the National and Divisional Championships.