NORWALK, OH – Mia Tedesco became the first woman in the 61-year history of NHRA drag racing to win a world championship in the cutthroat Super Gas category last season, making her one of the biggest stars competing at this weekend’s Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser at Summit Motorsports Park in Northeast Ohio.
Tedesco, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pa., will be racing both her title-winning CARS Vehicle Service Contracts /VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier and her CARS Vehicle Service Contracts/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster at the event, giving her two great chances to score another victory or two.
“We’re excited about this race,” Tedesco said. “Both of my cars have been running great this year. We’d like to have a little more to show for it, but we’ve definitely learned over the years that you just have to keep working hard every weekend and the wins will come. Maybe this weekend will be the breakthrough race we’ve been waiting for.
INDIANAPOLIS – Mia Tedesco made history last year when she became the first woman in 65 years of organized drag racing to claim the Super Gas world championship. A big part of that accomplishment was the work she did in Division 3, where she also won the 2016 title.
For that reason, and many others, this weekend’s Division 3 opener at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis is a race where the 23-year-old Tedesco really hopes to shine. In addition to Super Gas, Tedesco will be competing in Top Alcohol Dragster, where she is the defending North Central Region champion.
“We’re really looking for a big weekend,” said Tedesco, who hails from Pittsburgh, Pa. “Both cars are running well. We’re coming off a runner-up finish in Top Alcohol Dragster down at the Houston national event so that car is good to go. The (Super Gas) Cavalier has been good too, we’re just haven’t been on the right side of some super-close races.
HOUSTON – Mia Tedesco made a name for herself last year by becoming the first female driver in class history to win a world title in Super Gas. But “Miss Mia” also is a talented Top Alcohol Dragster driver, as witnessed by her impressive runner-up finish Sunday at the 30th annual NHRA Spring Nationals.
“Coming in with a new car this year and figuring out the bugs, if they had told me we’d go to a final this early in the season I would have taken that in a heartbeat,” Tedesco said. “We are very pleased, especially after making the quickest and fastest pass we’ve ever had in this particular car. It was just a great weekend. Only one person is happier than we are at this point, and that’s Joey (Severence).”
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.