Naomi Lightowler

Naomi Lightowler

Pontiac Firebird

2560, Australia

Currently one of the youngest at 20 years old and one of the only females to compete in the Super Gas drag racing category. We won one event last year and came second in another.

Naomi competes in the Andra National Drag racing in the Sportsman Series in a 1986 Pontiac Firebird running a 377 Motown small block, AFR aluminium head, 4 inch fuel injection, power glide transmission, 4/11 aluminium diff centre, Mark Williams 40 spline axles and a 5500rpm stall converter.

I began my drag racing career at the age of 10, starting in a Junior Dragster (a half scale version of a top fuel dragster). I always went to the drags, even in Queensland since a very young age, so with a push from my parents and very close family and friends who were already in the sport it only seemed natural to start driving. Once i initially got over the fear of what people thought of me if i didn't do something right, i never looked back. I had many achievements in the junior dragster including having countless trophies from being in finals, being the 2011/2012 NSW Divisional Champion and the 2011/2012 Sydney Drag way track runner up for the series. In my last season of being able to compete in a Junior Dragster , i was given the opportunity to drive for a well known team in Junior Dragsters and also help out on a modified dragster. At the end of that year we purchased the Pontiac Firebird. We turned the car from a roller to being race ready in a matter of 5 months and I had get signed off on the new license and compete in eliminations all in the one day. Even though that day i made to the second round of eliminations, i was still uneasy racing the Pontiac. 

Having jumped straight from a Junior Dragster to a very powerful race car was daunting. The car runs like a dream, still to this day we have never had an issue with the engine or anything else, which has ultimately built my confidence, and now I'm heading into one of the biggest meetings of the year (The Australian Nationals) aiming to win some rounds. 

I recommend Penrite Oil to every car enthusiast I meet. Penrite's products have proven to be of the highest quality, and give me peace of mind when I'm racing because I know that I have nothing to worry about, only my driving. Now with their help, I am now a competitive racer in the Pontiac, competing in one of the toughest drag racing category's - Super Gas. Hopefully I can be even more successful than I was in a junior dragster and bring home some wins for the Penrite team!


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