American Harli White's "Harli Ride" unveiled at Valvoline Raceway
American lady Sprintcar racer Harli White touches down here in Sydney on Sunday, December 4 and straps in for her first USC competition the following weekend.
Recently Sydney car owner Paul Stirton took the wraps off the striking A-One Charge Air Coolers / Pepper Money / Natrad #10 Maxim that she will pilot from December 10 onwards at Valvoline Raceway.
White, who has raced predominantly 360ci cars in the USA will make her 410ci USC debut in Australia and will race a busy schedule over the Christmas/New Year period in both Sydney and Murray Bridge.
Harli straps in for her first VR appearance on Saturday night, December 10 for the George Tatnell Challenge night.
The 21 year old from Lindsay Oklahoma is an inspirational racer with a frightening story.
It should be pointed out however, that whilst her story may be upsetting to some, her courage and determination to race should ultimately be what defines her.
Harli had a seemingly harmless crash in the Micros category as a 12-year old that rapidly escalated into a frightening fire that almost took her life.
That fire, the fellow racer and hero Donnie Ray Crawford who miraculously saved her from the flames, the courageous battle to regain her life and subsequently her racing career is one that confronts you on many levels.
Not once however, it seems, did this young woman ever contemplate not getting back behind the wheel of a racecar despite overwhelming odds.
When you watch her story “Forged through fire” its impossible not to be affected.
One year later, the brave 13-year old was back on the track and forging her way back into racing.
Watching her film you can see very clearly that Harli White is driven to drive.
Paul Stirton saw that determination also.
The Sydney proprietor of Motoradco Radiator Service (a NATRAD arm in Granville) has had several talented wheelers drive his Sprintcar (most notably Adrian Maher) and is now blooding his teenage son Luke through the ranks.
When the opportunity came up to offer Harli this once in a lifetime situation in Australia he jumped at it.
“She’s a tremendous young lady,” Paul beams, “when I got my head around her story I knew I had to ask her to race our car. She deserves this chance and I know she’ll grab it with both hands.”
The versatile Oklahoma racer has run ASCS 360ci competition predominantly but also runs Speedcars (Midgets) when the opportunity arises.
“I’m confident that she’ll adapt quickly to the 410ci engines,” Stirton believes, “she’s a versatile racer and we can already see how determined she is to succeed. I think the fans are going to love her too.”
White has finalized production of her T-Shirts and hoodies and the merchandise will be on sale from December 10 when she first competes.
Harli will race the following schedule and is naturally thrilled to get the Stirton call up.
“I can’t thank Paul, the Stirton family and all our associated sponsors enough for this wonderful opportunity to race in Australia,” says White, “every racer in the US wants to come and race down there and I’m really grateful for the chance that they have given me. I can’t wait.”
Saturday, December 10 Valvoline Raceway Monday, December 26 Valvoline Raceway Wednesday, December 28 Valvoline Raceway Friday, December 30 Valvoline Raceway Sunday, January 1 Valvoline Raceway Saturday, January 7 Murray Bridge SA Friday, January 13 Valvoline Raceway Saturday, January 14 Valvoline Raceway
There’s the possibility of more Australian dates to be announced soon.
Valvoline Raceway MD Steven Green is delighted to have Harli compete this summer.
“I watched Harli’s documentary and I was incredibly moved by her courage. Her story is incredible. Apart from that of course she’s a good little racer and our fans are really going to enjoy watching her race. I think it’s wonderful that Paul Stirton and his team are giving her this chance. We can’t wait to have her here on December 10,” says Green.
Rather than hide the substantial burns that she suffered in the fire Harli accepts the scars as constant reminder of her journey and as a precaution to other racers.
She is eager to assist in the welfare and awareness of burns victims both in racing and general society.
Please use discretion when viewing the following movie “Forged through fire” as it may be confronting to some viewers.
Harli has two Maxims, a KRE and a Kistler Motor in her inventory and will touch down in Sydney on Sunday, December 4.