From the NEDRA NEWS (December 27, 2012) Megan Madarash raced her electric jr dragster into the record books as the first electric vehicle to win an NHRA Championship. She won the championship in her class in Saskatoon, Saskatchewa, Canada.
Megan's adventure into electric Jr racing began in 2009 when her family went to Saskatoon to watch the races. A jr racer asked Megan if she wanted to sit in her jr dragster which set the gears turning for her father Mark to buy a used jr on E-Bay. They painted it purple and raced it with a gas engine that first year. After they watched the Rocket episode on American Chopper they decided to give electric a try. The timing was perfect since the NHRA had recently allowed the electrics to race against the gas Jrs and with inspiration from NEDRA they were able to race in 2011 with lead batteries and made it to the second round twice and the third round once. They won the best engineered Jr at the SIR Banquet that year. For 2012, Mark built A123 lithium pouch cells and Megan won four races including the Big Buck Shoot Out and finished off the year with a 2012 Championship in the Junior Thunder Class. Megan's best run so far was 10.19 and the fastest speed was 66 mph. Mark is building Megan a new car for the 2013 race season.
Mark and Megan would like to thank their sponsors including Blackjack's Auto Sales of Wynyard, Wynyard Napa, Wynyard Technologies, Wynyard A&W, Wynyard Esso, Wynyard Co-op, Saskbatteries.com and manzanitmicro.com
Click the photos to for a larger image. Congrats to Megan and Mark!