NHRA Top Fuel team owner Audrey Worm builds mostly female crew

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November 08, 2019 01:45 PM

NHRA Top Fuel team owner Audrey Worm builds mostly female crew

Worm is using her NHRA platform to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease.

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Audrey Worm, who broke into NHRA drag racing with the Leverich family in 2017, officially has established herself as the first female NHRA Top Fuel owner-driver since legend Shirley Muldowney.
But with her announcement Thursday at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Worm also will be the first woman to have a female crew chief and car chief.
Ashley Fye, who for years was Top Fuel owner-driver Scott Palmer’s crew chief, will work with Worm’s husband and tuner, Aaron Grant. Joining Fye on the team is car chief and former Top Fuel driver Jenna Drake, née Haddock.

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Worm purchased her dragster Oct. 21 from Drake. Three-time Top Fuel champion Antron Brown first drove the car.
“I am so blessed to have the support—not only (from) friends and family, and my amazing husband Aaron Grant, but also from great sponsors,” Worm said in a statement published through a social-media channel.
The Grantville, Pennsylvania, business owner, who’ll turn 28 years old Nov. 15, thanked sponsors and manufacturers—notably Chip Lofton, whose Strutmasters.com is the primary sponsor as she starts her nine-race schedule in 2020. She also thanked “all the individuals who contributed money for making my dream come true!”

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Her most recent appearance came in July at the New England Nationals at Epping, New Hampshire. She debuted at Maple Grove Raceway near Reading, Pa., in 2017. In 2018, she qualified at six of the nine races she entered in her official rookie season.
Worm has raised awareness for Parkinson’s Disease through her Outrun P.D. program and livery featuring the Michael J. Fox Foundation. She has been inspired by her grandfather, who passed away in 2010, after his bout with the condition, and her father, John, who has battled it for nearly 15 years.
“Parkinson’s played a big part in my childhood, as well as my young-adult life. It has had a big impact on my family,” she said.

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She has been a coach for Rock Steady Boxing, a nonprofit organization that empowers individuals with Parkinson’s disease by improving their quality of life through a noncontact, boxing-based fitness curriculum. The degenerative movement-disorder illness usually causes deterioration of motor skills, balance, and speech and sensory function.
Worm said the program “will help people with Parkinson’s have a better quality of life, because it helps with their symptoms and their walking. You can tell it helps with their daily activities like brushing their teeth, combing their hair, buttoning a shirt, stuff like that that they really struggle with on a daily basis. Once they come to class, after a couple weeks, you can really tell a difference.”
She is making a difference of her own for women in the sport, which has a long history of female event winners and champions. At the most recent race, at Las Vegas a week ago, Erica Enders (two-time Pro Stock champion and current points leader) and Brittany Force (2017 Top Fuel champion) claimed the 150th and 151st professional-class NHRA trophies for women. Shirley Muldowney won three Top Fuel crowns, and Angelle Sampey earned three in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

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