Hillary Will, the only female Top Fuel driver currently in NHRA Full Throttle drag racing, is being replaced in the Dote Racing dragster with veteran Larry Dixon. Dixon will drive in the three remaining slated races that the Dotes are preparing to enter this year - which are Charlotte, St. Louis and Reading (source - Dote Racing).
The 45 year old Californian is a three-time world champion but Dixon has not had a ride since leaving Al Anabi Racing at the end of last season. In the meantime, 62-time winner Dixon has been working on several prospective deals this year trying to either acquire sponsorship to bring to the table for a potential ride or start his own team. Obviously, with the poor economy, neither has been easy to accomplish.
32 year old Hillary Will has been piloting Top Fuelers on-and-off since 2006 (first driving for Ken Black & Kalitta Motorsports) - the Californian's career best was fourth-place in the point standings for the 2008 season. It should be noted that although she hasn't won an event in NHRA Top Fuel, Will has won events in Top Alcohol as well as Top Fuel in IHRA. She's considered the fastest woman in the world when she went 335 mph during the 2008 season. Will is the fiance of three-time Pro Stock Motorcycle champion Matt Hines.
Will qualified the Dote Top Fueler for all seven meets they've attended and won three rounds which has helped put her 14th in the point standings. With Dixon taking over the ride, he becomes the fourth driver in the Dote's Top Fueler in just the last two years of part-time racing.
Hillary "done" with "cutthroat" sport
Being replaced by the former champion shocked her, but that didn't seem to bother Will too much saying of Dixon: "I have to say, I am a fan of Larry and always have been." But she does appear bothered by the sport and will be taking some indefinite time off from drag racing ... maybe permanently.
In fact, she stated last night to John Kernan of Rpm2Night that she was "done" with professional drag racing and that maybe in 10 or 15 years, she'll think about it; but, because in part the sport is so "cutthroat", she will pursue a job relating to her economics degree.
In the meanwhile, this ride with the Dote Racing is probably temporary until or when Dixon is able to pursue a larger program. Said Dixon: "I'm really happy the Dotes offered me this chance to drive their car. It'll be fun to get out there and duke it out with everyone again. I've been working hard at putting my own team together and I know the Dotes are looking at what their next move will be in 2013. In the meantime, I'm happy to sub in for them. I feel like a free agent quarterback who just got the call to come start the next game." (Source - Racer)
Sources - NHRA
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