Aussie Father-Daughter Top Alcohol Team will do double time at Houston Raceway BAYTOWN, Texas. - An Australian drag racing family, consisting of Steve and Kate Harker are getting ready to double the action in the Top Alcohol sportsman categories...
Aussie Father-Daughter Top Alcohol Team will do double time at Houston Raceway
BAYTOWN, Texas. - An Australian drag racing family, consisting of Steve and Kate Harker are getting ready to double the action in the Top Alcohol sportsman categories at this weekends NHRA O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. This weekend marks the National debut for Kate Harker in the Top Alcohol Dragster ranks while her father Steve Harker is looking to continue his success in Top Alcohol Funny Car after a runner-up finish at last weekends Lucas Oil Drag Racing series event in Memphis, Tn.
Steve, a 30 year veteran of the sport, is looking for his first National event win of the season and has already made two final round appearances in his last four starts. Harker has shown he has the performance consistency to go rounds keeping his '06 Monte Carlo Top Alcohol Funny Car running in the mid-low 5.60 second elapsed times but is looking to push his 'hot rod' even quicker.
"Performance wise the race car has been incredible," comments Steve. "We are confident we can still get more out of our tune-up and if the driver does his job we should go some rounds at this weekends event. I am excited that Kate is making her National debut this weekend, its a great race and Kate has worked hard to be in the drivers seat. I know she will do well."
Meanwhile, over in the Top Alcohol Dragster pits and running out of the Conway Automotive Race Team, the 24 yr. old Australian-born driver, Kate Harker is getting set to make the biggest start of her NHRA Drag Racing Career. This weekends event will be Kate's first National Event appearance as a driver in the United States and one she hopes will see her go rounds on Sunday and perhaps join her father in the winner's circle.
"This is a big event for me, I am usually on the 'other side' as a crew member on dad's Top Alcohol Funny Car," says Kate "I have already competed at three Lucas Oil Divisional events this season in Tom Conways A/Fuel dragster and I am excited about coming back to Houston having competed here in early February. Tom has been working overtime on our tune-up to get the dragster down into the 5.30's even the 5.20's and make us competitive on the race track. We all understand it takes time and I have always believed the harder you work the luckier you get."
The Harker Motorsports Team also welcomes Kate Harker's identical twin sister, Diana Harker who will be filling her sisters shoes as a crew member on the family's Top Alcohol Funny Car. Diana plans to attend Frank Hawley's NHRA Drag Racing School across April 9-11 behind the wheel of one of the schools Alcohol cars and will license to drive Top Alcohol dragster as the year progresses.
Whatever the outcome brings this weekend, this Aussie Father-daughter Top Alcohol combination will be turning heads and working hard to go fast at this weekends NHRA event.
-credit: kdh racing