Nicole
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We had our first test session with the new car set up and engine and lets just say we are on our way to great things for the rest of 2009 and of course the entire 2010 season.

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Nicole Lyons, changing the pace of Pro Stock Racing
Nicole Lyons to Debut in Lucas Oil Series at the 2008 NHRA Season Opener
Nicole Lyons In The DBDRS Pro Stock Chevy Cavalier - 3/15/06

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Bio

Height: 5’6”
Started with NHRA - 2005
Un-single: Married to Damion Lyons
Hometown: San Fernando Valley
Career: Restoring and enhancing engines in her Cole Muscle Car shop that she owns and operates with her husband
Other Interests: Published poet, black belt wielding kick boxer.

Snippets


We had our first test session with the new car set up and engine and lets just say we are on our way to great things for the rest of 2009 and of course the entire 2010 season.

News


Nicole Lyons, changing the pace of Pro Stock Racing


Everything I know about racing I learned in one afternoon with Nicole Lyons, and I was surprised at how much that ended up to be. The technical areas aside, I think the most important aspect a driver must have is what I came away with understanding. You must have passion for your dreams so strong that nothing will come between you and what you were meant to do in this life. Some people have that intense motivation, Nicole Lyons does. In March when she raced her first pro 1/4 mile she proved it, and this is only the beginning.

Speaking of which, the beginning is a great place to start:

Nicole Lyons was still in a car seat the first time she went down the track. It was with her father, Jack Davis, who was a famous street racer. When the car came to a stop, 2 year old Nicole was cheering to go again. Within 5 years she was learning to drive herself to school. Most young kids beg to just stay up late on school nights, but not Nicole, 'I remember I used to cry and cry when I couldn't go to the races with my dad'.

Nicole's father brought to life her passion for street racing. He taught her the technical knowledge and has given her a lifetime of inspiration necessary to become what she is today. Nicole said of her race training, 'My school was basically my father'. There is no question that these early experiences and training are paying off. She is now one of the first African American women to make it this far in the National Hot Rod Association, (NHRA). These ground breaking efforts are not without its challenges and Nicole faces those head on. 'Some who haven't seen me on the track at events don't believe that I really go out there. On the track it's not a gimmick, it's not a game.'

But after anyone sees her on the track they offer respect. As Nicole sees it, 'When someone proves themselves what can you really say to that?' 'It's like the saying, if you can't beat 'em joins 'em' and then give them the props they deserve'

Nicole has a great relationship with the cars she races, she builds them. The technical in's and outs of what makes these incredibly powerful machines go is one of Nicole's specialties. Nicole also uses her vast technical knowledge to operate Cole Muscle Cars, a custom shop located in Nicole's hometown of Sylmar, California. Cole Muscle Cars specializes in complete custom race engines as well as high performance street engines.

Her goal, 'For everyone to have pro Cole muscle car in Pro Stock' With an accomplishment like this one she is well on her way. Nicole has built in her shop what Chevy Rumble magazine is claiming to be the highest horse power 565 single carb engine that they know of. As Nicole say's 'it's pretty nice'.

I thought I would ask Nicole what she thinks of the new serge of young kids taking part in the illegal street scene. 'When we were street in the early 90's you didn't see that many accidents or people getting hurt' She adds, 'now it's not something I would do.'

'The new young kids are out of control because they don't practice on the tracks'.

As far as skill is concerned Nicole feel's it's a lot harder to prove on the track.

'Your racing have to qualify, there is around a typical 50/50 that you'll make it, if not your going home.'

Pro stock and the NHRA are totally against the illegal street scene and want everyone to get to the track. NHRA Street Legal events are held on drag strips across the United States. As many as 700 racers attend these events.

Nicole is proud of the inspiration her involvement in racing brings to young girls. The youngster's line up to meet her she has seen the fascination in their faces. It is a world that they don't realize they can enter. 'Its pretty cool I like that'.

Lyon's is influencing attitudes every time she races. Joy Donnell is Nicole's amazing Los Angeles publicist. In a phone conversation Donnell explained the effect Nicole is bringing. 'We're talking a little about race, a little about gender, intimately though, we're talking about change'.

Racing may be known now as dominated by 'the old boys club' but as long as Nicole keeps racing those ideas will become obsolete.

As Nicole puts it, 'It will all work out the more and more I am out there and am ranking the points'.

One of Nicole and her husband's goals for the future is to start a school for inner city kids and minorities who have an interest in racing. 'Many people don't even know where to begin; they hear about schools and don't even think that they could one day race.' Nicole hopes to someday bring that to reality for them.

Asides from the 24 race season she is in., she's practicing and racing almost every weekend. 'As much seat time you can get in the car is to your benefit, you need to be in the cars constantly and keep driving so your skills don't fall off'

The season ends in November at Pomona. Nicole has set a goal to be the first woman to ever win a Pro Stock series. In the past a small number have entered, one has qualified. 'It is the most competitive bracket in the NHRA, everyone has to have 500 cubic engine so what can you do with it?

Nicole's current car is with sentimental values. It was the last car her dad built before he suddenly passed away in February. Nicole say's she will always keep the car and maintain it in the condition it is in so her children can see what great things their grandfather created.

Nicole describes her father's passing as one of the most influential moments in her life.

'It really made me be that much more serious about commanding peoples respect because I didn't have him anymore to say no, she's the real deal out here'. It was at a race only one week after her fathers funeral where Lyons blasted the competition by beating out the racer who was ranked third. 'I always feel like now, when I'm in the car I can say okay dad I need the car to do this and that and it always happens, I have my own guardian angel with me'.

The personal inspiration she found out of the tragedy gave her something inside of her to make things happen that was stronger than ever. 'Like I can continue in these footsteps and these are hard footsteps to follow' she laughs. 'I know my father wouldn't have invested this if he didn't know I could do this'.

Whenever you begin things you finish it, he taught me that you don't half ass do anything'
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Nicole Lyons to Debut in Lucas Oil Series at the 2008 NHRA Season Opener


Nicole Lyons brings a new level of competition to the 2008 NHRA Racing Season

National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Drag Racer Nicole Lyons is back in action for the 2008 racing season with a new car and a faster engine. Taking the speedway by storm Lyons will debut her new six second Comp Eliminator/Top Sportsman racecar during the NHRA Lucas Oil Series Division 7 season opener on February 28, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Racing down the ¼ mile speedway at over 195 miles per hour, Lyons will also compete in the Comp Eliminator class that is bringing new levels of competition as she is going head to head with all new Pro Stock rookie contenders. “Fans can expect me to be very competitive this season in the POWERade Series too,” said Lyons. “I’m looking to win and continue to move forward towards my goal of becoming a top tier Pro Stock racer.”

What Nicole has that the others do not is perhaps the most important skill that has helped Lyons move through classes so quickly, on her path to achieving her Pro Stock goal. Lyons has the ability to design engines from scratch, allowing her to understand problems with the car while driving. By using this knowledge she can adjust her driving while on the speedway from an engineer’s perspective, which enhances her performance and has resulted in her fast-moving success.

Today, she is keeping her father’s legacy alive by pursuing her racing career while breaking boundaries of being one of the world’s first female African American drag racer in NHRA. Starting out in the Super Street class in 2005 Lyons quickly advanced to Super Gas 2006 then to Super Comp within the same season. Lyons has an in depth knowledge of Chevy engines and muscle cars. Now, Lyons looks forward to the opportunity to compete against other female professional racers like Ashley Force and Erica Enders.

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Nicole Lyons has been nominated for "Sports Leadership of the Year" at the 11th Annual Multicultural Prism Award being held at the Henry Fonda Theater on December 10, 2006. The nomination is for all the efforts Nicole has placed in NHRA drag racing, her continued commitment to giving the Los Angeles community the knowledge of the sport, and her telling of the importance of having black race car drivers compete in the sport of racing.

Nicole will be a presenter at the Urban Awards to be held in Detroit on January 9th, 2007. The Urban Awards are being hosted by Vivica A. Fox. This huge award show is in conjunction with the North American Auto Show.

Nicole's reality show "The DNA of Racing" is now in post-production and will soon announce the major network it will be shown on, and Black Drag Racers.com will be the first to know. The show is now filming the second season which will focus on the purchase of a new Pro Stock car and all the hard work involved with Nicole coming out as a rookie in Pro Stock.

Nicole has just started a flurry of ad campaign with a up and coming black male Nascar driver which will kick off in January 2007. It will start with them gracing the pages of People, Sports Illustrated, Ebony and Essence, and they will then move on to major television and radio shows. Major sponsorship will be announced reflecting the two drivers in the new year.

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On Wednesday, March 15, 2006, Nicole Lyons was uninjured after hitting the wall in the Chevy Cavalier belonging to DBDRS @ Rockingham Dragway-Rockingham, NC. Prior to hitting the wall, Nicole had cut 0.003 lights and posted the best 60' times (1.053) the Cavalier had ever seen. When interviewed about the accident, Nicole gave the following statement: "On Wednesday, the temperature was around 45 to 50 degrees all day. The track was only prepped a little pass the starting line. It was freezing cold out there, and there were only two Pro Mod guys out there running in addition to us. Every time they attempted to make a run they were all over the place. So, here I go. Something told me, " You wouldn't even run your own car in these conditions." But when you're trying to rush to get your license because you're a day behind due to bad weather and car problems, you're trying to hurry up and get it done.

Initially, Dale thought since I'd never driven a clutch car, I wouldn't be able to do the burnouts. He said it took him 3 classes at Roy Hill's school to get his license, and I was doing in the first class what he had completed in three. So on Wednesday, when I was putting it down the way I was (the burnouts and the 60 foot numbers), everyone was in shock. So even though the conditions weren't to my liking, when Dale told me to go, I listened because he was the teacher. I launched the car and put it in second gear. As soon as I put it in second, it immediately turned left and headed straight to the wall on the other side. As soon as it did that, I shoved the clutch in with all my might. Once it's doing what it's doing, you're just hanging on. I was hoping we would stop and everything would be okay. The instructors were trying to say I turned the wheel, but when I punched in second and it turned, it went the way the wheels were already turned. It was just a lot of factors. There may have been some other measures I could have taken, but being a rookie driver I did the best I knew how. I was encouraged by one of the Pro Mod guys who told me to keep doing what I'm doing, and don't let this stop me. He said he hadn't seen anything like what I had been doing. He said there are two types of racers: Those who have wrecked, and those who are going to wreck.

I was killing it in this car, better than the instructor had done himself. They were telling my husband that we were going to be so rich, it was crazy! After the wreck the Pro Mod guys that were loose all day said the track was bad, and they were going to just go home. If there was another car available that day, I would have come straight out of the ambulance and back onto the track. I'm ready to continue my quest for my pro stock license and running my team!

To see the actual crash, keep your eyes open for Nicole's upcoming reality show, "DNA of Racing". They were filming while she attending DBDRS.

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Nicole Lyons has been racing cars most of her life and is one of the few African-American women to race on the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Circuit. Besides racing cars, Lyons also owns and operates her own muscle car restoration shop (Cole Muscle Cars).

Nicole will be one of the first students at Dale Brinsfield's Drag Racing School (DBDRS) at Rockingham Dragway-Rockingham, NC on March 13-15, 2006. Dale Brinsfield was formerly an instructor with Roy Hill’s Driving School. Hopefully she will achieve her Pro Stock license in the Jerry Bickel built Chevy Cavalier powered by a Fulton Race Engine that the school has recently acquired. Attending DBDRS will provide the underlying know how and ability for Nicole to achieve one of her dreams, that of becoming a pro stock driver. This will be accomplished with personal one-on-one analysis and instruction by Dale Brinsfield himself. Lyons will be bringing with her the film crew from the soon to air "DNA of Racing" Reality TV Show. The show will debut on one of four major networks currently competing for the exciting 13 episode series.

Nicole Lyons In The DBDRS Pro Stock Chevy Cavalier - 3/15/06


Nicole Lyons was born to become a NHRA drag racer. Her father, famed Los Angeles street racer Jack Davis, took her down the 1/4 mile track in her baby seat at the tender age of 2. At the end of the 11 second pass, she screamed with joy and said, "Daddy, let's go again!" From that point on Nicole was in love with drag racing and attended drag racing events with her parents almost every weekend.

Her father was always her coach. He started her off with a Super Street race car demanding that she obtain all knowledge of the car from suspension to the engine. She learned quickly and now drives a Super Comp/Super Gas and Super Street '67 Firebird with a big block 540 Merlin II with 900 horsepower. Nicole says she owes everything to her father who left her 13 rare muscle cars and a company. She and her husband, Damion, run Cole Muscle Cars where they restore muscle cars and build complete race/high performance engines.

Lyons In Her 1967 Firebird

Not only can this young woman drive like there is no tomorrow but she built her own engine. It is a 565 Dart Big M with 1,100 horsepower. Chevy Rumble magazine found out about it, and they think it is the highest horsepower single carbureted engine they have ever seen. Check out the article in Chevy Rumble’s June or July issue.

In February, 2005 her father passed away with no warning and Nicole lost her mentor and best friend. Faced with tough decisions, she decided to proceed along the path that she and her father had envisioned for her – pursuing a Pro Stock racing career. Well, let's just say this young power house has a “no stop” attitude. One week after her fathers' funeral she attended her season opener of the NHRA Lucas Oil Series Division 7 race in Phoenix, AZ where she beat the racer ranked #3 and that really opened the eyes of the entire Division. “I always feel like now, when I’m in the car I can say okay dad I need the car to do this and that and it always happens, I have my own guardian angel with me”. Nicole was seen at the Lucas Oil Division 7 events racing in 2 brackets, Super Gas and Super Street, since her race car can go 9.50's with no problem.

Nicole runs her company while she races at all the NHRA Lucas Oil Division 7 events. This caught the eye of the head of GM drag racing who thinks you will soon see Nicole in the Pro Stock division, which she will one day rule.

Goals: Nicole has major goals within the NHRA. She aspires to win and obtain Wally's. Nicole already has made major moves in regards to starting a Pro Stock team and if all goes right you just might be hearing her name in Pro Stock real soon. She will not let anything stop her from staging next to the pro's in Pro Stock, cutting a light on them and hitting all her shift points that will launch her into victory.

Another one of Nicole and her husband’s goals for the future is to start a school for inner city kids and minorities who have an interest in racing. “Many people don’t even know where to begin; they hear about schools and don’t even think that they could one day race.” Nicole hopes to someday bring that to reality for them.

Nicole Lyons will be one of the first students at Dale Brinsfield's Drag Racing School (DBDRS) at Rockingham Dragway-Rockingham, NC on March 13-15, 2006. Dale Brinsfield was formerly an instructor with Roy Hill’s Driving School. Hopefully she will achieve her Pro Stock license in the Jerry Bickel built Chevy Cavalier powered by a Fulton Race Engine that the school has recently acquired. Attending DBDRS will provide the underlying know how and ability for Nicole to achieve one of her dreams, that of becoming a pro stock driver. This will be accomplished with personal one-on-one analysis and instruction by Dale Brinsfield himself. Lyons will be bringing with her the film crew from the soon to air "DNA of Racing" Reality TV Show. The show will debut on one of four major networks currently competing for the exciting 13 episode series.

Nicole will also attend the IHRA Spring Nationals April 21-23 at Rockingham Dragway-Rockingham, NC she will fly in from California to drive Dale Brinsfield's Drag Racing School (DBDRS) Chevy Cavalier in Top Sportsman.

Results

In her first season, Lyons debuted with a 24-race season and placed as a finalist.

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