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I’ve got big plansSaturday, March 22, 2014
Posted by: Katie Sullivan

A lot has happened since my last blog. For the past five years my family and I have been racing Pro Stock Motorcycle on a part-time basis, and I have just dreamed and dreamed at having a shot at running the full 16-race NHRA tour. Well, it looks like this may be the year I can make that happen and I could not be more excited at the opportunity to follow my dream.

When I first started my graphics business, I had a couple of Tough Girl Design’s shirts made. Pretty soon they started disappearing and people kept asking where they could get them. It made me realize that the shirts made women feel good and in my life, I am all about empowering people to follow their dreams. That’s how my Tough Girl Clothing line was born. For the past couple years I have been trying to get a vendor on the NHRA Midway to carry my Tough Girl line, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve finally found that partner in Modern Outlaw. All of the proceeds from my sales will go to help fund my racing team and I could not be more thrilled because it combines the two things I love most; racing and inspiring women to follow their dreams.

This season I have also partnered with Speed City, which is owned by Diana Harker and John Bojec. Both John and Diana are all about racing, and I’m already enjoying working with them. I am looking forward to being a part of Speed City, and possibly helping them to expand into the Pro Stock Motorcycle class. We are also very excited to announce a new partnership with Kymco for the 2014 season. Kymco gave us two new beautiful scooters and it took about 30 seconds for me to fall in love with it.

Even though I don’t have the money sitting in the bank labeled “2014 racing budget”, I know with a lot of hard work and dedication I can make this season happen especially with the new partnerships we have formed this year. This has been my dream since I was 12-years old and I feel that this is the year to make it happen.

There are also a couple other people standing behind us to help make this full season happen. Gary Stoffer will once again be my crew chief and Greg and Jimmy Underdahl will be hauling my bike to the races. The four of us will work as a team and I am very excited to be a part of their program. As most of you know I am used to racing with my family, and that is how I love to race. These guys have taken me in and treated me as if I was family. I am very comfortable and confident with them, and I think that is a great combination to win races.

The other people standing behind me and helping to make this dream come true are my parents. The first time that I said I was going to race a Pro Stock Motorcycle when I was 12 they told me I could do it. They have never doubted me, and have always believed in me. Without them, none of this would have ever been possible. Of course I am sad that my dad won’t be at every race this year, but I am also very happy for him because this season he will be following his dream too. During the off season we have been working on a second Pro Stock Suzuki for my dad. My dad’s dream has also been to race in NHRA PSM races, and he put that on hold for a long time in order to help me. Getting to see my dad run some races this year with his own bike will mean more to me then I can ever express. He deserves it more than anyone I know.

There are a lot of exciting things to come this year, so make sure you keep checking in with me on my blog and I will keep you all up to date with the inside scoop! Thanks for reading and stay posted for my next blog on testing in Valdosta and our first NHRA race of the season in Gainesville, Fla. I’ll give you a hint. I ran really, really, fast at one of them.

 
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