Sarah Edwards Named Queen of Diamonds Jet Dragster Driver

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Sarah Edwards is a 23-year-old drag racer from Stamford, CT.  After her Dad heard a radio ad, her supportive parents took Sarah to Raceway Park, Englishtown, NJ, her first time to any motorsports event, for what they saw as a chance for a little 'family fun'.  The sensation that filled Sarah's twelve-year-old body watching the 'Queen of Diamonds' Jet Dragster exceed the speeds of 300 MPH in a ¼ mile filled her head with a dream.

Since those childhood visits to Old Bridge Township's Raceway Park, she has followed her dream, and her pursuit of drag racing.  After graduating high school, in July of 2010, Sarah attended Frank Hawley's Drag Racing School.  After a two-day class, at the age of 18, she received her NHRA Super Comp License.  
 
In the summer of 2012, the family purchased a Mullin dragster, and Sarah formed 'Queen Bee Racing', consisting of Sarah, her Dad Scott wrenching, her boyfriend Steve handling the electrical/computer chores, and Mom Lisa making sure the team stayed focused.  Their team  started actively competing at Atco Dragway (NJ) in the Top Dragster & Super Pro Classes.  
 
In the past two seasons she has dropped into the mid-7's ET-wise, at over 180 MPH, and with that she earned her Advanced ET license in the summer of 2014. The team competes in all the major comp events at Atco, some being 2-3 days in length. In addition to earning her upgraded NHRA License, Sarah went on to earn her Associates Degree in Interior Design from Norwalk Community College.  During the weekdays, Sarah works with an Interior Designer in her hometown of Stamford, CT as well as for a construction company, doing administrative work. When Friday rolls around she now turns the fabrics and paint swatches in for a helmet and jet engine. "I'm ecstatic about joining the race team I once only dreamed of being a part of, Hanna Motorsports Jets", stated Sarah.  "Rich, Al, and Ellen have welcomed me, and this definitely is an opportunity I plan to make a reality". 
 
"Sarah has been training at Lebanon Valley Dragway and Atco Dragway.  She's taking on this challenge very aggressively", stated Al Hanna.  "After basic familiarity training, she has already run multiple passes in the 5.60 range., and we expect to complete her licensing process shortly after the first of the year", added Rich Hanna, driver of the World Record Holding 'GOJO Firebird' jet funny car, and Sarah's primary training instructor. 
 
Hanna Motorsports is a 3-car professional jet exhibition team based in Enfield, CT.  The team appears at more than 70 events each year in 15-20 states at multiple venues. The first event for the team is in North Carolina, late March, 2016.  For more information on Hanna Motorsports Jets, visit hannamotorsportsjets.com

 

 

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