NMR Spotlight -
|Nancy Matter attended her first race at the fabled
San Fernando Raceway at the tender age of three. While growing up in
the Southern California hotbed of drag racing, she spent countless weekends
bracket racing with her mom, and traveled to numerous NHRA National and
Divisional events with her step-dad. To say the hook was set in her young,
impressionable mind during these years would be an understatement. Her
strong desire to further her involvement in drag racing landed the youngster
a summer job at NHRA, where she met and knew "everyone." Nancy's first
hands-on Funny Car experience came when she met Lou and Vicki Gasparrelli,
and she crewed with their competitive Alcohol Funny Car team throughout
her teenage years.
Nancy stepped away from racing in the mid-80s to raise her two children,
Ryan and Jamie, and also developed a career in the music industry. In
1998 Nancy founded Moonlight Mastering, a successful music studio, earning
upwards of 35 gold and platinum recordings together with mega-superstars
such as Peter Gabriel, The Who, Ray Charles, Genesis, and Run DMC, just
to name a few. She always kept her fundamental goal in mind however,
to own and drive a competitive racecar.
After completing her licensing at the Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing
Nancy began competing in a Super Comp dragster. Nancy knew from the very
beginning that she was destined to race a Funny Car, but realized that
driving a dragster would earn her some very valuable experience. During
three years of competitive Super Comp racing she also crewed on John
Patton's "Foolish Money" Funny Car
team, skillfully absorbing as much specialized knowledge as she could.
When Nancy sold her dragster, she buried herself in the studio for more
than 18 months, churning out hundreds of albums. Her absence from the
scene left fellow racers concerned, but Nancy assured them that she would
return; "only this time
it would be in a flopper."
In 2005, Nancy bought a turnkey 2002 Camaro Funny Car built by chassis
builder Bob Massey. The car had only 30 laps on it, and all the components
were brand new. She earned her Top Alcohol Funny Car license at the beginning
of the 2006 season, and is now in a career transition while focusing
all of her energy towards a career as a full-time professional drag racer.
What's her ultimate goal? Driving a Nitro Funny Car – of course!
|Frank Hawley School of Drag Racing Graduate
|Quarter Final Finishes in Super Comp at select events
|Lucas Oil Division 4 Top 10 2006-2007
|2006 NHRA Standings- 61st out of 122
|2007 NHRA Standings- 41st out of 115
|2008 Mid Season -- Tied for 3rd in Jegs Allstars
|Division 4 Points Series-7th Place in Division 4
|Lucas Oil Series-1 Win and 1 Semi-final finish
|49th out of 109 National Standings