As many of you know, Pirelli World Challenge Series driver Shea Holbrook started a campaign on Dark Horse Pros back on November 3, 2014. She was presented with the opportunity to drive Jet Dragsters in the IHRA’s Nitro Jam. She has an unnamed sponsor but needed help to secure licensing, which cost $30,000. Here’s the video to get you excited!
I woke up Monday morning, December 1, and saw the exciting news that Shea had reached her $30,000 goal. I didn’t have time to read about it as I had to travel to the Statehouse in Indianapolis to represent my town of Waterloo at an OCRA (Office of Community and Rural Affairs) grant award ceremony. I am currently the Vice President of Waterloo Town Council and enjoy serving my community. When I arrived back home around dinner time, I was finally able to congratulate Shea.
I had become friends with Shea Holbrook on twitter during the first year of the TrueCar campaign sponsoring women drivers. My first experience with the PWC was when I attended the IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio last year. The series has really grown on me and I enjoy it just as much as I do IndyCar. I had the privilege of meeting Shea at last year’s race. She took the time to show me her car and tell me the ins and outs of driving it. I could tell she had a passion for what she did. Shea wrote periodically for Open Wheels during the 2014 season. At the 2014 Mid-Ohio race, I was able to hang out with the SheaRacing Team back at their make shift garage area. It honestly felt like I was part of their family and I brought my friend, Ian, who had never been to a race. I think he asked Nick every mechanical question possible and Nick took it all in stride. I’ll share this inside joke: Paul Holton, a Shea Racing driver, also found out that day that things did not revolve around him but quickly learned it was all about Shea haha!!
I am extremely proud of Shea reaching her goal. She is the real deal, both as a race car driver and person. It has been great to see so many fans contribute to her campaign and make her dream a reality. I checked in multiple times each day to see the progress, as I had a vested interest in this too, as a fan, friend and someone who contributed money to make this happen. I hear fans talk frequently about wanting to help this driver or that driver out. Well, here is your last chance to do just that. I have to give a big shoutout to Brad Williams (twitter: @menards44). He blasted this campaign to every racing outlet and driver imaginable using twitter. Fantastic job Brad! The campaign ends tomorrow, December 3. If you are one of those 2,900 facebook fans or 5,500 twitter fans of Shea, you have one more day to contribute. Their are plenty of rewards left for your contribution. Shea did reach her goal but she would also like to throw a party for all those who contributed so she has a stretch goal of $45,000. I would enjoy seeing someone Ring the Bell for $25,000 tomorrow. What are you waiting for? Go make that contribution!