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One of drag racing’s most prominent females, Melanie Salemi competed in her second full season of Pro Modified in 2017. Salemi, a dedicated racer since 1996, has molded her life around the sport for which she has so much passion. In 2015, Melanie traded in her Top Dragster for a brand new 1968 Firebird, constructed by her brother-in-law, Jim Salemi, owner of G-Force Race Cars. With support and assistance from her husband, Jon, and her entire family, Salemi has shown impressive results. In her first two full seasons behind the wheel of a Pro Mod, Melanie placed 3rd in championship points in the ultra competitive Pro Boost class of the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA). Melanie became the first female driver to win in the PDRA’s Pro Boost class in 2015 and backed it up in 2017 with another Pro Boost victory. While female drivers are no longer an oddity in the male-dominated sport of drag racing, a woman who is a wife, mother, and business professional is rare.

For the 2018 season, the Melanie Salemi Motorsports team will turn their focus to the NHRA ¼ mile Pro Modified 12 race schedule which will take the team across the USA. Melanie and her team strive to improve on their already impressive personal best performance of 5.71 sec. @ 251 mph in the quarter mile, and 3.72 sec. @ 201 mph in the eighth mile. For more information, please contact melanie@melaniesalemi.com.

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Simmons debuts new Toyrific Quick 32 Sportsman Entry

Top Dragster at Performance World Car Show in Toronto Ontario

Courtesy: Resolution Racing Services
ORILLIA, ONTARIO (March 15, 2011) – Melanie Simmons and her Toyrific Racing Top Dragster team from Orillia, Ontario, debuted her new Mike Bos Chassis Craft built dragster this past weekend at the Performance World Custom Car Show.
Simmons and her team showed off the new dragster in fine fashion, winning five prestigious awards including, Salute to Drag Racing- Best Dragster in Show, Salute to Drag Racing – Best Drag Car in Show, Best Engine in a Competition Car, Most Outstanding Competition Car, and Class Champion.
“It’s been a lot of hard work the last  couple of months for my team but this weekend made it all pay off,” said Simmons. “We had an overwhelming amount of guests stop by our display and they all were impressed with the new car. I have to thank all of my sponsors for their support along with my Dad Roger. He is the heartbeat behind this whole deal. His countless hours and dedication out in the shop are what make this happen for me. Now I just can’t wait to get it out on the race track.”
The Toyrific Racing team will once again compete in the Quick 32 Sportsman Series presented by NAPA Auto Parts which runs in conjunction with the Pro Modified Racing Association. “The Quick 32 Sportsman Series is the perfect series for us to compete in,” noted Roger Simmons. “There are a large number of entries in both Top Sportsman and Top Dragster classes which makes it very competitive. The field gets quicker and faster each year so it raises the bar of competition. It makes all of us better racers. I’m excited for Melanie to get some laps under her belt in the new car so we can remain a competitive force at the track.”
Melanie would like to thank all of her loyal sponsors which include: Delta Faucet, Jackson Transportation Systems, Barrie Harley Davidson, RS Performance Auto Service, Engine Research & Development (ERD), Auto Sense, Auto Logic, Castrol, NGK Spark Plugs, Extreme Collision Centre, G-Force Race Cars Inc. and Resolution Racing Services.

Melanie Simmons impressive in transitional year

New power provides Orillia-based dragster with positive Quick 32 Sportsman Series season
Courtesy: Resolution Racing Services
ORILLIA, ONTARIO (October 6, 2010) – Melanie Simmons and her Toyrific Racing Top Dragster had an impressive season in 2010, especially considering the major learning curve thrown her way during the Quick 32 Sportsman Series racing season.
Simmons, from Orillia, Ontario made the move to a supercharged engine in 2010 to afford her a better opportunity to qualify in the top half of the field for the increasingly competitive Quick 32 Sportsman Series events. After several DNQ’s (did not qualify) in the 2009 season, the Toyrific team benefited from the assistance of Carl Spiering and ERD (Engine Research & Development) to build a supercharged 540 cubic-inch Big Block Chevy to motivate the popular female driver. It was an instant gratification for Simmons dipping into the 6.80-second range at 196 mph on her first full pull.
“It was awesome to make the switch from our injected engine to the supercharged engine in 2010. There is nothing like belt-driven power. We cut a full second in ET and added around 30 mph,” Simmons noted.
Melanie advanced to the dragster final in one race and the semi final in another in 2010 and qualified in the top half of the field for every race she attended. In the final race of the year transmission problems kept her from advancing further than the dragster semi-final round of a double header race.
A disappointed Simmons said, “I really felt like I was in the groove to get a win for our team. I was really let down the previous race when it started raining. I felt that my team was on point for the last race and unfortunately we had nothing but mechanical problems. It’s part of racing! I just really didn’t need that to happen at that point in time. It really crushed my overall year end points”. Regardless Melanie held her head high as she always does and represented her sponsors well by signing autographs and being a fan favorite driver at all of the Quick 32 Sportsman Series events.
In 2011, the new year is looking to be the breakout season for the popular driver. The Toyrific team is getting an early start on preparations for 2011 by selling the trusty dragster that she has driven for the past several years.
“It’s time to step up the chassis for my daughter,” said team crew chief and father Roger Simmons. “The cars in this Quick 32 Sportsman Series have not only become quicker but also more consistent. With our new ERD horsepower this year it was evident that we needed to make a move. With safety as a forefront of my concern this was a no brainer. It’s all about persevering in this sport and that’s what we are going to stay focused on.”
Although a new car has not yet been purchased as funding has to be gathered, Simmons plans on being ready to race the May long weekend and opening Quick 32 Sportsman Series race at Toronto Motorsports Park in Cayuga, Ontario.
For more information log onto www.Quick32.ca
Toyrific Racing thanks all of its loyal sponsors and supporters: Jackson Transportation Systems, Delta Faucet Canada, ERD (Engine Research & Development), Barrie Harley Davidson, Auto Sense Auto Parts, Auto Logic Service Expert, Castrol, Tim Martin Racing, Extreme Collision Centre, NGK Spark Plugs, Resolution Racing Services, RS Performance Auto Service, Family, Friends & Fans.
Photo Credit – Dave Erauw Photography www.erauw-photo.com