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Grace Howell has been around racing and cars her entire life. Growing up in a “racing family” where both her mother and father raced, Grace got the urge to race early on. She began racing Junior Dragsters at the age of eight and enjoyed much success. She was able to travel to Puerto Rico and race three times and also had the opportunity to race in Australia at the ANDRA Junior Championship race, where she was crowned champion in the 8.50 class. Also, she was able to achieve the highest honor in Junior Drag Racing when she won the NHRA National Championship in 1996 at Texas Motorplex.

In 2002, at the age of 16, Grace made the change from Junior Dragster to an adult racecar, racing within the NHRA Super Stock class. She finished up 7th in the always tough division 2 ranks while also achieving a runner up finish at her very first race.

2008 brought in Grace’s professional driving debut, with her driving a General Motors factory backed, front wheel drive Cobalt within Nopi and Battle of the Imports Pro Stock Divisions. She enjoyed back-to-back wins in June when she won Pro Stock at the Rocky Mountain Raceway event in Salt Lake City, Utah and then also winning Stock eliminator at the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event in Hebron, Ohio the following weekend.

2010 brought even more changes as she added a Ford Motor Company factory built Cobra Jet stock eliminator car and also a Cavalier for the Super Stock modified division. She had great success winning the AA/SA class at the US Nationals in Indianapolis, IN with the Cobra Jet. She now continues to race the Cobra jet and Cavalier in the two fastest classes in Stock and Super Stock making her the quickest female in each!


Grace Howell announces split from Cunningham Motorsports

For as long as I can remember it has been my dream to race as a professional in the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and I can’t thank Jim and Gloria Cunningham enough for helping to make that dream come true. Over the last 11 months, I have had the opportunity to compete alongside some of the sport’s best Pro Stock racers and I have learned a lot. Although the time has come for me to move on I wish for.

Howell, 26, joined Cunningham Motorsports in August 2011, making her debut in the team’s Pro Stock Ford Mustang at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals. In 15 races, she qualified for Sunday’s final eliminations three times and recorded a career best run of 6.558-seconds at 210.67-mph.

Howell plans to immediately begin working on the next phase of her career, which she hopes will include an opportunity return to the NHRA Full Throttle Series on a full-time basis. While she would prefer to continue racing in the highly competitive Pro Stock class, she is also leaving her options open.

“I’ve been racing since I got my first Jr. Dragster at age 8, so no matter what, I plan to continue racing. I love the Pro Stock class, and I feel like I made a lot of progress as a driver in the last year. Pro Stock is where I want to be but at the same time, I would certainly consider a switch to Top Fuel or Funny Car if an opportunity became available. The bottom line is that I want to continue racing professionally and right now, my focus will be on continuing to make that a reality.”

In the short term, Grace Howell is likely to return to the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series racing alongside her father, Bill. The Howell family team owns several competitive entries in the NHRA Super Stock and Stock classes including a Ford Mustang Cobra Jet.

Grace Howell | Race Car Driver

She’s Got Wheels!

The need for speed runs in Grace’s family. As a little girl, she cheered on her parents from the sidelines, and at just eight, was behind the wheel and competing in Jr. Dragster races of her own. “Driving a stock car is a huge adrenaline rush,” she says. The former NHRA Jr. Dragster National Champ now races professionally for GM. Driving at speeds of 140 mph, Grace is thankful that she’s never wrecked. “Though I have caught on fire,” she says. Last year, Grace turned up the heat and won back-to-back hot rod races, driving a Cobalt in Salt Lake City and a Camaro in Columbus, Ohio. But around her hometown of Aiken and to and from Pink, Grace’s trendy clothing boutique, she drives like a little old lady. “I guess that I get it out of my system on the track,” she says.



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