by Bobby Bennett Tue, 2021-03-30 16:30
Drag racing boasts a diversity of participation that is the envy of every other motor racing discipline on the planet. But, how diverse would the sport be today had there never been a woman with the fiery determination of Shirley “Cha Cha” Muldowney?
While Shirley Shahan, Judy Lilly and others had broken drag racing’s gender barrier long before Muldowney left the streets of Schenectady, N.Y., they earned their NHRA hardware in cars that could have been driven to and from church, school or the corner store.
When Muldowney burst upon the scene in the early 1970s, though, she wasn’t interested in driving a Dodge or Ford or Chevrolet. She was hell bent on mashing the pedal on a Top Fuel dragster, a purpose-built race car that even in 1973 was capable of zero to 240 mile per hour acceleration in less than six seconds.
Video by Bobby Bennett Thu, 2021-03-25 21:00
There will never be another Bill Doner.
In this episode of LEGENDS: THE SERIES, CompetitionPlus.tv takes a look behind the scenes of what made Doner tick, the outlandish promotions and what led him to retire from his breakneck schedule in 1979.