Maddi Gordon, daughter of two-time NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Collection Best Alcohol Humorous Car or truck winner Doug Gordon, has been functioning as the whole-time clutch expert on the Gordon family’s Camaro for the past 3 race seasons.
Maddi is now 19 years aged, the similar age her father was when he took in excess of the seat of the relatives Top rated Alcoholic beverages Amusing Car or truck from his father, Mike Gordon. It seems like a common story the passing of the torch from one era to the following. Mike started out racing in the TAFC course in 1986, Doug took over in 1994, and now Maddi will acquire the wheel in 2024.
Prior to performing on the team’s Beta Motorcycles Morro Bay Cupboards entry, Maddi was hectic in the Junior Drag Racing Affiliation sequence. From the time she begun racing at the age of 10, to the summary of her junior profession in 2022, Maddi gathered 47 race wins, two NHRA Division 7 championships, two ANRA Observe Championships, and a Western Convention Finals championship.
In preparation to get around the driving obligations in 2024, Maddi produced seven tries in the staff entry in the course of a two-day session at Famoso Dragstrip in Bakersfield, Calif. The hope was to get enough qualifying passes to improve her opposition license, but the observe ailments proved much too hard to keep traction past 200 feet. In spite of challenging problems, like monitor temperatures that ranged from 130-150 degrees, Maddi took benefit of every single operate to apply the burnout and starting up line procedures.
“I come to feel definitely snug with the burnout and staging. With any luck ,, we’ll do some Monday testing and get my license there,” said Maddi. “I had a great deal of enjoyable this weekend, and I cherished it having to eventually drive the funny car or truck.”
Despite the fact that she has an abundance of seat time in Jr. Dragster and Jr. Comp, the TAFC has a fully distinctive operation for the driver. Maddi has been studying in-car footage of her father above the final 6 months, understanding all the techniques.
Doug was elated with the progress his daughter has built, “Maddi did good, she did almost everything right and acquired to practical experience some tire shake and tire spin. It’s a bummer we could not get the auto down the monitor mainly because she was prepared to acquire the vehicle further more, for sure.”
The team will continue to search for chances throughout the period to give Maddi a lot more seat time and make the necessary licensing passes. Their up coming scheduled race is the Lucas Oil Collection regional celebration at Denver’s Bandimere Speedway on June 16-17. Doug Gordon and crew will then return to Norwalk to protect their 2022 victory at the Summit Racing Machines NHRA Nationals, June 22-25.