Elena Myers Racing Into History Again
Yet another reason to be proud of the place we call home, local racer Elena Myers made the history books for a second time at Daytona International Speedway yesterday, coming in ninth overall and racing to the best finish ever by a woman in the Daytona Sportbike 200.
It’s only March, and already 2013 has been a banner year for women in racing. Myers’ success at the 200 comes a few weeks after Danica Patrick’s history-making pole position start at the Daytona 500 in February. But the 19-year-old Myers made her mark on Daytona last year when she came in first at the AMA Pro Supersport and became the first woman to ever win a professional motorsport event of any kind at the track. She was also the first woman to win an AMA Pro Road Racing Sprint race when she won right here at Infineon in 2010. But hard work and success on the track are nothing new to Myers, because she’s been winning races since she started on pocket bikes as a kid at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
Myers grew up in Mountain View and and began riding competitively at the age of 11. She now lives in Discovery Bay and trains at the Stockton Motorplex. She signed on with Latus Motors/Riedmann Racing Team earlier this year and rides a Triumph 675Rs alongside teammates Jason DiSalvo and Kenny Riedmann.
It’s fantastic to see a young Bay Area rider like Myers with such amazing credentials already, and it’s going to be great watching her in the future.
Check in on Elena Myers’ progress by visiting her Facebook page, and don’t miss out watching a rising star who is bound to keep pushing limits and collecting trophies.