While we highlight the past accomplishments of racers in history, we want to honor those who are keeping the future of motorsports in good hands!
Dystany’s passion for speed started at the early age of 6, riding on the back of a motorcycle with her mom and dad. But 6 years later, while attending a drag race with her godfather, she realized what she wanted to do.
Her life would be altered at 12 when she attended a drag race at Virginia Motorsports Park with her godfather. Something about the sound of the bikes speeding on the asphalt positively triggered her, and she kept going back. Quickly taking note of her daughter’s activities, her mother purchased her a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R 750. Three months later, she broke the record on the Brocks BMW Performance Center bike by traveling the quarter-mile in 8.46 seconds at 163 mph.
Dystany is also the fastest woman on a BMW s1000rr in Curacao with a time of 8.57 seconds, and in 2018 she was inducted into the Hopkins BMW Museum. In 2019, she made history by becoming the first woman to win a 4.60 index final at the South Georgia Motorsports Park and has made several final round appearances since then.
Dystany makes her own rules, sets her own goals, and at a young age, serves as a role model for women of all ages. As she pushes to accomplish her dream of racing professionally in NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle, her fan base continues to build, as does her enthusiasm for life – behind and beyond the driver’s seat.
Myles Rowe, made history in 2021, becoming the first Black driver to win an INDYCAR-sanctioned race.
The first season in USF2000 proved to be a success - as Myles had not been able to compete since 2017. Though finishing the season placing 13th out of 30 was not the goal... it was indeed progress towards his goal of becoming and IndyCar champion.
Myles is currently working to compete in the 2022 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship with Pabst Racing.
The 21-year-old Pace University student from Atlanta produced a sensational performance in mixed conditions following an earlier rain shower for his first USF2000 victory and first win for the Indianapolis-based Force Indy team, which was formed in December 2020 as part of the Race for Equality & Change diversity initiative introduced in July 2020 by INDYCAR and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Ernie Francis Jr
Ernie Francis Jr. is a 24-year-old American sports car and open-wheel driver competing in the Indy Lights Championship with Force Indy. He previously ran full-time in the Trans-Am Series, running the 98 car for Breathless Racing, where he is a seven-time champion.
In 2021, Ernie competed in the Formula Regional Americas Championship, running the 98 car for Future Star Racing, and in the inaugural Superstar Racing Experience, driving the No. 2 car. He became the youngest winner in the SRX series when he won at Lucas Oil Raceway. He secured second place in the SRX championship.
A diehard NASCAR fan from an early age, Rajah's passion for the sport has grown with him and become a part of his identity and himself. After attending his first race in 2014 at Richmond Raceway, he knew that he wanted to become a racecar driver. Now, over seven years later, Rajah is on a trajectory that may change NASCAR.
Born in Atlanta, Georgia in a Caribbean household, Rajah grew up largely in Washington D.C. The student-athlete and star track runner graduated from School Without Walls High School in 2020, and moved to Concord, North Carolina in the summer of that year. Caruth attends Winston-Salem State University, pursuing a major in motorsports management.
In 2022, Rajah is one step closer to his ultimate goal of being a successful NASCAR Cup Series driver. He will make his NASCAR national series debut in the Xfinity Series with Alpha Prime Racing (8th African American in NASCAR history to do so) in addition to race full-time in the ARCA Menards Series with Rev Racing.
Bernard Lyght began his first full year of competition in 2017, driving Alien Invasion in the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Central, finishing seventh in the series standings.
In 2020, Lyght competed in the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series East. During the series, he would win overall event championships in Washington, D.C., and Allentown. He would finish 6th in the series standings. After a challenging 2021 season, it was announced that Lyght would begin driving Megalodon in 2022 and compete in the Monster Jam Arena Championship Series East. Again, Bernard finished 6th in the series and would win entertainer of the year at the World Finals.
Before his Monster Jam career, Bernard Lyght was an Acrobatic Stunt Man for a show called Nuclear Cowboyz. He later played the role of Spider-Man for a live stunt show called Marvel Universe Live.
Jordan Rand is an American fashion model and a professional e-scooter racer.
Rand grew up in Colorado Springs, where she attended Thomas B. Doherty High School before she studied psychology at Manhattan College in New York. Rand was a competitive figure skater and track athlete in High School and College.
Rand first signed with Wilhelmina Models in 2016. In 2018, Rand attended the casting for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. She signed with Elite Model Management in London in 2019. In 2020, she signed with Elite Model Management in Milan and Copenhagen. In 2021, Rand signed with Elite World Group.
She has appeared in campaigns for Altuzarra, Moncler, and Coach New York. She has appeared in Elle Italia, Elle Arabia, Savoir Flair, and Vogue Magazine.
A friend introduced her to electric skooter racing, and Jordan was so intrigued by it that she rushed to the eSkootr championship (eSC) website to fill out an application form and was invited to a tryout. She made the cut, and in their inaugural test race, she graced the podium with a third place finish!
Richard Gadson, born March 8, 1986 in Philadelphia, knew from an early age that drag bike racing was what he was meant for. The five-time champion and national record setter’s love and passion for the sport, coupled with his unique determination, has guided Richard on his professional journey that in 2019 produced his most successful season yet.
Richard wrapped up 2019 with three event wins and seven runner-up finishes in the Xtreme Dragbike Association (XDA), but it was the season finale at the 27th annual DME Racing Fall Nationals at Maryland International Raceway that solidified his dominance. In the Pro Street Battle Royale, on the back of Brad Mummert’s nitrous oxide 1980 Suzuki GS 1100, Richard laid down a career-best run of 6.403-seconds at 221 mph. It was not only the second quickest run in the history of the Pro Street category but earned him the race victory over 2019 Orient Express Pro Street series champion Jeremy Teasley.
On the same day, Richard raced his way to a second winner’s circle in the Mickey Thompson Performance Top Sportsman category racing a Suzuki Hayabusa Nitrous bike. In the process, he defeated 2019 series champion Robin Procopio and took out the quickest bike in the category ridden by Kevin Manchester in the final.
Richard followed up a career year with two race wins, a runner-up finish, and a semifinal appearance for the 2020 NHDRO Super Stock championship, the fifth title of his career.
His first season in the AMA/Prostar series (later known as AMA/Dragbike and then XDA), Richard earned the 2003 Rookie of the Year award and in just his second professional season, picked up his first win at the St. Louis Nationals at World Wide Technologies Raceway (previously Gateway International Raceway) in Madison, Illinois.
Richard’s first championship came in 2011 where he raced to the Southeastern Motorcycle Drag Racing Association (SEMDRA) Pro Mod series title. In 2015, Richard doubled up on the Fasttime Motorsports Suzuki with a NHDRO Pro Comp Championship and Manufacturer’s Cup (ManCup) Championship. His fourth championship came in 2018 in the XDA Vance & Hines 4.60 Index.
Armani Williams is a professional stock car driver currently competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Armani races for RBR, Reaume Brothers Racing. Armani is the first professional driver in NASCAR openly diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Armani uses his racing career as a platform to draw awareness and acceptance to Autism and create better life outcomes for families impacted by the disorder.
Armani has competed coast to coast in the United States and Canada.