Her hobby in fast vehicles and drag racing got here from having dad and mom who had been drag racers – her dad changed into legendary within the drag strip having gained 8 PDRA Pro Street World Championships.
When Lizzy became a touch girl, her dad could sit her on his lap and behind the wheel, as he took her around the block. His first car changed into a ‘fifty five Chevy, which he used to race on the streets of Queens, and misplaced his license due to that.
He then switched to tug racing. In 1970, her father out of high faculty, ran a small save known as Pat Speed Shop in Carteret and as he became a success in his enterprise, so did his profession as a drag racer. He became a pinnacle engine builder, regardless of not receiving formal training for it – John Hoffman, a machinist, changed into his mentor, and he learned the change from him.
His save has developed into a ‘one-forestall keep for sportsman engines with a Pro Mod pedigree’, called Pat Musi Racing Engines. His revel in as a race vehicle motive force enabled him to construct top-of-the-line engines that win championships at the drag strip. He went into partnerships with Lucas Oil and Edelbrock, a production corporation specializing in motorbike and automobile parts, to provide high-quality merchandise.
His business celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2020, and Pat said ‘My wife and daughters had been at my side given that we started out, and with any luck we can preserve this rolling.’ The shop is now based totally in Mooresville, North Carolina, to be closer to the motion and provide full support to his daughter’s profession. His dream is for her to win the championship. And he’s going to do the entirety he can as a crew leader and engine builder to obtain that.
Drag racing career According to Lizzy, there was by no means any doubt that she would follow in her dad’s footsteps as a professional drag racer as she grew up looking him race and win. Pat shared his studies together with her as they might talk approximately racing at domestic and at the store, and that Lizzy just soaked it all up.
At the age of 8, she commenced collaborating in junior drag racing, along side her sister till she became 12, however it was on and rancid because her dad was nonetheless racing at that time, and he would bring them alongside even as he’s on tour.
When she broached the topic of looking to race, her dad stated she needed to positioned inside the paintings, so she did that at her father’s shop, beginning with menial paintings including sweeping flooring and cleaning vehicle components.
First crash In April 2012, 21-12 months-antique Lizzy had the risk to race at the Top Sportsman magnificence at the American Drag Racing League (ADRL) Spring Drags III in Bristol, Tennessee, and skilled her first crash.
She didn’t want to make excuses for it, however defined how it passed off. Apparently, they didn’t count on that the 1968 Camaro she changed into riding became going to be that speedy, as they assumed it become a 430 class, so being a brand new driver she wasn’t able to control the auto, and it went over the wall and crashed.
Fortunately, she got out of the auto underneath her personal power, and didn’t preserve critical accidents, and it became a studying enjoy for her. The owner offered any other vehicle, and she went to the following occasion and even made it to the semifinals.
First Pro Nitrous win in 2014 At the inaugural PDRA US Drags in Dinwiddie, Virginia, she drove “King Kong five,” a 2009 Dodge Stratus owned by way of Frank Brandao and constructed through Jerry Bickel.
Frank provided her the possibility to power this car and she become beyond pleased as her father drove it inside the past. Her dad stated that the auto can be a handful, however Lizzy did an terrific activity controlling it and winning the spherical. ‘She can force, there’s no doubt approximately it. She proved it there. She doesn’t get rattled. She’s the actual deal.’
In the final round, she went towards Jason Harris driving a Robert Hayes-built and Musi-powered ’sixty eight Pontiac Firebird that introduced him four consecutive wins on the Pro Nitrous in the beyond. She dreamed of prevailing Pro Nitrous, so she become pretty beaten when it befell, and it took her a moment to compose herself after the race became over. Her group worked so tough in ensuring that the whole thing changed into splendid, and he or she’s glad that she’s capable of supply.
The team became additionally ecstatic while she set a new Pro-Nitrous report at a three.740-2d elapsed time inside the eighth-mile run through a doorslammer with out using a supercharged engine for the qualifying spherical. Her dad stated, ‘She’s going to be a pressure to be reckoned with for a long term.’
Biggest setback in her career With her success, Frank Brandao commissioned Jerry Bickel Race Cars to construct the 2015 Dodge Dart for the eighth-mile Pro Nitrous racing fashion. It featured a frame similar to a Pro Stock however ought to accommodate a a hundred and ten-inch wheelbase, and underneath its hood one could find a Musi 942 cubic inch EFI nitrous engine; this automobile became going to be lighter and extra aerodynamic.
Her crew had such excessive hopes for her in qualifying and triumphing the Pro Nitrous on the PDRA Texas Nationals, however alas it crashed and the automobile was destroyed, leaving her sidelined for the subsequent 4 events.
When they had been testing it, she knew something wasn’t pretty proper, however her team couldn’t discern out what she changed into worried about. Setting the Pro Nitrous ET world record in 2017 It changed into a fantastic yr for Lizzy, as she saved putting new statistics for Pro Nitrous. As she competed at the Arabian Drag Racing League Pro Series in the Middle East, she recorded a three.663-second elapsed time, the quickest in Pro Nitrous records at that point, in spherical 3 at the Bahrain International Circuit in January 2017.
She became the primary lady driving force to win in the records of the collection while she competed for round 4 at the Qatar Racing Club in February. She said, ‘To get a win here, as a female, changed into a large deal and I’m honored to be part of this crew,’ and was hoping that it would encourage other ladies there. For her record-triumphing performance, she changed into driving the Frank Brandao-owned, Jerry Bickel-constructed 2015 Dodge Dart, subsidized through Al-Anabi Performance.
Back inside the US, at the Maryland International Raceway’s Haltech Door Wars, Lizzy once more set a new report as she clocked in a three.631-2d ET at 205.Eighty five MPH behind the wheel of the “King Kong 6” Dodge Dart.
Broke the national report for MPH in 2018 and ET in 2019 During the PDRA World Finals at the Virginia Motorspa orts Park in October 2018, Lizzy recorded an amazing 209.23 MPH bypass within the 8th-mile doorslammer nitrous race with the “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart, a report she holds to at the moment.
In early October 2019, in the course of the PDRA Fall Nationals at the Darlington Dragway in Hartsville, South Carolina, Lizzy made a file-breaking bypass of three.615 seconds at 208.62 MPH, still driving “King Kong 7” as she ran against Billy “The Kid” Albert. In the semi-finals, she made a pass of three.618 seconds at 208.Seventy two mph.
Her father said that setting a report changed into a large deal, and that ‘Lizzy did a first-rate job driving… the team gave her an exquisite automobile to make the ones runs.
To have returned-to-back .61s, that’s pretty terrific.’ However, the Maryland-native Jim Halsey set the countrywide ET file at 3.613 seconds with his ‘sixty eight Camaro, clinching the championship on the Pro Nitrous finals at the Virginia Motorsports Park before the month was via.
“Adrenaline” Lizzy seemed as herself in “Adrenaline” in 2015, directed by way of Joseph Quinn Simpkins. The film became about a road racer who became a paraplegic after a near-fatal crash, and starred John Schneider, Michael Rosander and Charlene Amoia; it changed into to be had on-call for provider platform.
“Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings” Discovery Channel’s “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings,” the brand new within the “Street Outlaws” franchise, premiered on 28 February 2018.
Street Outlaws No Prep race manner going for walks on a tune that hasn’t been organized for the event on the day itself or prior to it. It became stated that ‘traction results in action’ when it comes to pull racing, so the tune is prepped and it’d contain scraping and cleansing the tune then spraying a traction compound and dragging antique tires over it. Without prepping, the road could be difficult, posing a larger assignment to the drivers as it made the race more unpredictable.
The pinnacle 32 racers would compete on various tracks across the kingdom, with each win really worth 5 factors, and simply displaying up on the occasion really worth any other five factors. The one with the most wide variety of factors by means of the quit of the season would be crowned “No Prep King.” There’s a cash prize of $40,000 for each event, and there are nine of them in one season.
Favorites from the “Street Outlaws” collection had been additionally featured in this spin-off, along with Chuck Seitsinger from the 405 group as the race grasp for season one. Boosted GT joined him in that function for season two.
When asked why she joined No Prep racing, she stated, ‘I love assignment — that’s surely a big component for me. I always need to hold pushing my goals…I simply want to enlarge what I’m doing.’
Three Consecutive NPK wins Lizzy became the primary female driver to win in the “Street Outlaws: No Prep Kings” series. Driving the Edelbrock-prepared “Aftershock” 2012 Camaro with a 737 cubic-inch nitrous engine constructed by using Musi, she competed towards her boyfriend Kye Kelley in the course of the final round of the second one occasion at the New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire in 2019, and won the prize money.
The win became made even more unique, as it became the first time her mother and father came to watch an NPK occasion. She found out that her dad wasn’t keen on the no-prep deal, however she believes that he’s coming round. She also shared how being collectively with Kye inside the finals become like a dream.
Some people were now not glad approximately her winning, and she or he took to Facebook to provide an explanation for the regulations of the NPK race. She misplaced the third round to Doc, however got a fortunate draw that gave her the threat to compete once more.
Lizzy scored her second NPK win on the World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois, and her 1/3 win turned into at Firebird Raceway in Eagle, Idaho.
Controversial race in opposition to Boosted Ego It turned into Lizzy’s first time to race in Route sixty six Raceway in Joliet, Illinois, for season 3 of NPK. She was excited as she remembered coming right here with her dad while she become very younger. She become off to a extremely good start, triumphing towards Disco Dean Karns and Jerry Bird. However, her race towards Boosted Ego led to controversy.
After the preliminary burnout, Boosted Ego’s automobile were leaking fluid, and when some time had handed and the leak hadn’t been constant, Lizzy turned into motioned to go and it turned into a win for her.