PEGGY LLEWELLYN TO RETURN TO RACING FOR 2010 SEASON
Mark Lantz Racing Makes Profession Debut on NHRA Circuit
(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, Nov. 12, 2009) -- NHRA Pro Stock Motorcyclist and first woman of color in the world to win a professional motorsports event Peggy Llewellyn announced today she will return to the NHRA circuit for the 2010 season as a rider for Mark Lantz Racing.
"My words can't even begin to describe the excitement I feel...I AM GOING RACING," said an elated Llewellyn. "I still had the burning desire to race; that never left me. It was the journey that allowed me to partner with Mark Lantz Racing for next season which is a blessing."
"We are excited and feel privileged to have Peggy join our team, "stated Michele Lantz, one half of the husband, Mark, and wife team owners of Mark Lantz Racing. "Her ability to ride and win a Wally after being off the track for several seasons proves that she has what it takes to be the next champion. Peggy brings a kind of spirit and passion that reflects what this organization is all about."
Mark and Michele are making their debut as team owners on the NHRA circuit next season, but they are not new to the world of racing. They have been involved with drag racing since 2006 and formed Mark Lantz Racing in November of 2007. They have worked with other teams and riders in the All Harley Drag Racing Association (AHDRA) series, most notable Derek Nonnamaker, who placed second in the Western Division and fifth in the National Division Championships.
Llewellyn will be the only competitor for the organization for the NHRA 2010 season, and both Mark and Michele feel because of Peggy's track record, she can qualify for every race in the top half of the field,go as many rounds as possible at each race, and have fun doing it.
Lantz said, "We will bring an unexpected performance of competition to our competitors. Our team is built with a highly experienced, diversified crew, and with that brain trust in place, Peggy can win a few Wallys along the way."
Coming off of her fourth place season finish and history making win in Dallas in 2007, Llewellyn was off the circuit for the 2009 season and ran only six races in the 2008 season where she qualified for five of the six events.
"I know I will return on a Buell with a team that knows how to win. We have the same goals, and they are behind me 100%, which makes the partnership strong," said Llewellyn. b^0x001cI want to qualify for each race, because you can win from any place on the ladder. My next goal is more Wallys; I would also like a top ten finish!"
Llewellyn, all smiles, continues to tell how she looks forward to the journey of achieving her goals that Mark Lantz Racing and she have set for the 2010 season. "This is my journey,however it has gone; it has taken me and continues to take me to great places. I will always enjoy riding and make the most of all my opportunities! Getting back on the bike, racing, winning, along with other exciting plans coming to fruition ...a possible realty show, I predict most of all I will be RACING!"