Bradenton, Florida- The need for speed is not just for men, women are getting behind the wheel too and a handful of them are faster than the guys.
Drag racing is a male dominated sport- one where more women are jumping into the cockpit, and once inside there is no gender back.
"The guys don't know what hit them when they see these girls taking off their helmets smiling at them real pretty," says Elaine Larsen, a 46-year-old, wife, mother, former day care worker and a jet dragster.
That's right, the car she races is powered by an engine off a fighter jet.
Larsen says, "These things are crazy, wicked fun. They can reach zero to 100 miles per hour in one second, and zero to 300 miles in five seconds in a quarter mile."
Larsen says there are five women in the world who are jet dragsters, four are part of her team, Larsen Motorsports. Larsen has been a drag racer for 21 years, and a jet dragster the last 10.
"If you are smart, quick, and have a car that is tuned up, I can take anyone on any given time. I can come home a winner and take home the paycheck," she says.
Dawn Perdue is the newbie. She's been racing for a year. Both women don't mind the ball of fire trailing them as they head down the drag strip.
So, what fuels them?
Perdue says, "The fans, putting on the show and driving 300 mph."
"Pure adrenalin. That's it, pure adrenalin," adds Larsen.
The women will be racing this weekend at Larsen's home track, Bradenton Motorsports Park at the Snowbird Outlaw Nationals Jet Jam Night of Fire.
Larsen has a reality show of her family life off and on the track on her YouTube site. Larsen will also be launching a kids' comic book at the races this weekend called "Adventures of Blaze."
Larsen says she's proof women can also be fast and furious. She says, "They don't realize that's my easy bake oven back there I can shake and bake when I go down the track."
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