Diana
Harker

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DOB: 28th February, 1983
Hometown: Gainsville, GA
Born in: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Class: NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster
Current Home: Willoughby, OH
How did you get involved with the sport?
Our parents have been involved in Drag Racing for over 30 years therefore we found our passion for racing early in life.

Most notably known in the family as ‘Miss Lead Foot’, Diana Harker is a talented and dynamic young woman who has accomplished many goals in her short career both on and off the track. This 28-year-old Australian made the transition to the United States early in 2007 to join her twin sister, Kate on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing circuit to pursue her goal of becoming a professional driver.

Having enjoyed much of her youth at the race track behind the wheel of her family’s 110cc Briggs and Stratton powered Junior Dragster, Diana made the natrual transitioned to the ANDRA (Australian National Drag Racing Association) class of Modified Eliminator in 2002. Over the next 3 years Kate and Diana campaigned their 500ci Big Block Chevy powered dragster at both local and national events throughout Australia wide with several successful wins and top 10 finishes for both twins.

Recognized as an Award Winning Photographer, Diana achieved her dream of competing in the world's toughest drag racing arena in 2007 at the NHRA Auto Club of Southern California World Finals with support from Roger Burgess, CEO of Pro CareRX and R2B2 Motors. 2008 would see Harker behind the wheel of 2003 Top Alcohol Dragster World Champion Randy Meyer's Dunkin Donuts sponsored A/Fuel Dragster and this talented rookie never looked back, winning 2 events out of 3 final round apperances, Harker showed her true abilities as a fierce competitor.

Having enjoyed much success in the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster class, Harker is now focused on a new challenge, getting behind the wheel in NHRA's toughest class, the Top Alcohol Funny Car. Now fully licensed and eager for competition, Diana has her sights firmly set on making her debut in TAFC.

Results

1996: Started competing in Junior Dragster Competition. Was amongst the first Generation of Australian Junior Dragster Drivers

1996/1997: Finished 3rd in the Queensland State Championship Series for Junior Dragster

1997/1998: Finished 4th in the Queensland State Championship Series for Junior Dragster

1998: Australian Junior Dragster Championships: Apart of the organizing and fundraising committee for the event. As a competitor at the event, won the Australia vs. New Zealand Bracket.

1999: Retired from Junior Dragster Competition

2000: Graduated from High School with Certificate 1 & 2 in Photography

2001: Started studying a Diploma of Photography at Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE

2002: Gathered corporate support to help fund the building and running costs for competing a Modified Dragster. Building was competed in October the same year and was successful in gaining ANDRA (Australian National Drag Racing Association) Competition License.

2002: Awarded a Silver and Bronze for work entered into the Queensland State Photography Awards.

2003: Incorporated ‘Diana Harker Photography’ and contracted for four of Brisbane’s top Wedding Photography Studios.

2003: Awarded Silver medal for photography work entered in the Australian Photography Awards held in Sydney.

2005: Opened ‘DHP Studios’ in Brisbane, Australia.

2006: Closed 'DHP Studios' to embark on a career change as a professional driver in the NHRA.

April 2007: Attended Frank Hawley's Drag Raciing School Top Alcohol Dragster Class in Gainesville Florida.

May 2007: Completed Top Alcohol Dragster License behind the wheel of the Tom Conway/Kate Harker Skull Shine A/Fuel Dragster in Rusk Texas with a 5.52et at 254mph pass.

May 2007: Signed with R2B2 Motors and Roger Burgess ProCare RX to drive the teams '69 Camaro in the NHRA Pro Mod Exhibition Class.

Long Term: To compete and win in NHRA Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Funny Car.

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