Women & Sports: Andy Kahle, Drag Racing
Andy acknowledges that Drag Racing is not your typical sport, and even though she's always been interested in muscle cars, it wasn't until she started dating her now husband, that she started to drive herself. She's well supported by her male/female crew and passes this support onto the nonprofit organisation, Girls Torque Motorsport (links in article) as their National Marketing Coordinator.
Name: Andy Kahle
Sport: Drag Racing
How did you get involved in drag racing?
I’ve always been drawn to muscle cars, and when I started dating my now husband, he introduced me to drag racing.
Content to watch and help out behind the scenes for a long time, I didn’t actually get into the driver’s seat until I was 40. It just seemed like the right time, so we bought a race car from a friend and he taught me how to race. I have never looked back.
Are their many women in your sport?
There are a few, but it’s still very swayed towards the blokes. What I have seen in the last couple of years is loads more junior girls coming into the sport.
What kind of disadvantages do you see in your sport for women?
Motorsport still has a few of the old school attitude blokes around who don’t feel comfortable with women in their domain. But for every one of them, there’s 20 blokes supporting our efforts. Most of us have to work harder to get the same recognition, and I feel we have to continually prove that we know what we’re talking about when it comes to the mechanics of our sport.
But at the end of the day, this is one sport where once you’re on the track, it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female. We’re all just racers.
What has been your biggest achievement in the sport?
I’ve won races and trophies, and come back from big crashes. But I see my biggest achievement in just being out there giving it a go. I stepped up from a very tough life threatening battle with breast cancer, worked hard in the gym to get my fitness and strength back, and then won my very first ever race meet at the age of 41. Everything after that is just a bonus.
What advice would you give other women who are interested in drag racing?
Drag Racing has something for everyone, even if you don’t have aspirations to get into the driver’s seat, or think you don’t know enough mechanically, there’s so many other ways to be involved in the sport. Most teams would love to have someone spend some time with them, helping out and learning what it’s all about, so don’t be afraid to ask. We’re a pretty friendly bunch of people.
Thanks Andy! We loved chatting to you and getting to know you and your sport!
Girls Torque Motorsport website linked here, or find them on facebook. Andy's personal instagram and facebook liked via the icons below