HOUSTON – Two years ago, reigning Super Gas world champion Mia Tedesco reinforced her true love for drag racing at the annual NHRA Spring Nationals. Now, with a return to Royal Purple Raceway directly ahead, Tedesco hopes to gain even more love for the Southeast Texas speedplant in the Houston suburb of Baytown.
“I’ve only been to this track once but it was a really cool weekend because of what happened,” said Tedesco, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pa. “Jason (Lynch, crew chief and teammate) was racing Super Gas that weekend and he made it to the third round when his engine blew. We had about 45 minutes before the next round and none of us knew if we could make it back in time.
MEMPHIS, TN – Reigning NHRA Super Gas world champion Mia Tedesco and two-time IHRA champ Jason Lynch are taking five CARS Vehicle Service Contracts-branded racecars to Memphis International Raceway this weekend in hopes of cashing in big at the fifth annual 25K Showdowns presented by AmericanRaceCars.net.
With a rare off-weekend from NHRA action, Tedesco and Lynch, who serves as crew chief in addition to driving himself at select events, feel like they have the ability to pocket lots of money in the non-points race, that nevertheless holds lots of prestige in the drag racing community.
“Brian and Nick Folk and Britt and Slate Cummings put on a great race and because those guys are so well respected, they know exactly what it takes to attract all the best bracket racers from around the country,” Tedesco said. “Whenever you have three ‘Showdown’ races in a row with each one paying $25,000 to win, all the bigtime racers are going to show up.
GAINESVILLE, FL – After a quick tune-up at last weekend’s regional event, newly-crowned Super Gas champion Mia Tedesco returns to Gainesville Raceway for the 48th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, which begins Thursday and run through Sunday at the historic central Florida speedplant.
“I feel really good, really excited, and we are definitely prepared for the weekend,” said Tedesco, who races both the CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier and the CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol dragster. “We made some really nice runs here at the regional race and we feel like both cars are working well.
The No. 1 decals now adorning her Jason Lynch-tuned CARS Protection Plus/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier are the most-coveted pieces of sticky vinyl in drag racing because they signify the rank of reigning world champion.
Last year, multi-talented “Miss Mia” was nothing short of dominating in her completion of one of the most successful seasons in the history of NHRA Sportsman competition. The soft-speaking 23-year-old Pittsburgher let her driving tell the story; an exemplary narrative that included the Super Gas world championship, the Division 3 Super Gas championship, the North Central Region championship for the second consecutive year in her CARS Protection Plus/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster, Division 3 Super Eliminator Driver of the Year, and the highly regarded “Person of the Year” denotation in Division 3.
PITTSBURGH, PA – At the NHRA Division 3 awards banquet Saturday night in Indianapolis, Sportsman drag racing standout Mia Tedesco received the well-deserved accolades that come with her completion of one of the most successful seasons in the history of the sport, including claiming the biggest prize of the evening.
Tedesco, only 22-years-old, already had been crowned the first female to win the ultra-competitive Super Gas world championship in her CARS Protection Plus/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier, so the accompanying hardware she took home from Indy showed further proof the ever-humble native of Pittsburgh is one of the brightest young straight-line stars.
In addition to her world title, Tedesco claimed the Division 3 championship in Super Gas, becoming only the second driver in the division’s history to accomplish the “double-up.” Remarkably, she also raced to the North Central Region championship in another class – Top Alcohol Dragster. She guided her 275-mph CARS Protection Plus/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil entry to the Region’s championship for the second consecutive year.
First Female’s Run To NHRA Super Gas Title Fueled by C16™
SAN ANTONIO, TX – Mia Tedesco became the first woman to win the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Super Gas national championship when she claimed the title during the running of the Division 7 event Sunday at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Powered by VP’s C16™ racing fuel, the 22-year-old had finished accumulating national points for the season but had to wait for the outcome at Las Vegas where challengers Tommy Phillips and Brad Pierce went out in the second round, assuring Tedesco of the championship.
Tedesco’s Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier is sponsored by VP Racing Fuels, campaigning in support of VP’s Mad Scientist® and its popular Madditive® fuel additives. “Our relationship with VP couldn’t have come at a better time,” said Tedesco. “We have always loved their product and when we decided to partner up this winter we were very excited. We wanted to represent them well and a championship wasn’t exactly the plan, however we couldn’t have done it without such amazing companies backing us. We couldn’t be happier with the relationship and can’t wait to see what the future holds!”
POMONA, CA – The NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series is coming to a close, but Sportsman star Mia Tedesco will race in the Auto Club NHRA Finals this weekend at Auto Club Raceway at Pomona confident in the knowledge that she’s already a champion.
Tedesco secured the Super Gas national championship last weekend in Las Vegas, becoming the first woman in the ultra-competitive class to do so. She’ll return to the seat of her CARS Protection Plus/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier this weekend, driving it and her Super Comp dragster at Pomona.
“No, it hasn’t sunk in yet,” Tedesco said of her championship. “I didn’t go to Vegas and win the race – and then win the championship because I won the race. We won the title because we did well all year, and then last weekend, everybody who was in the title race got taken out.