Crocker was able to put together a deal with support from WIX Filters for six regular season events in the POWRi National Midget plus POWRi’s non-points, Battle at the Center at the Southern Illinois Center’s Mini Magic Mile at Du Quoin, Ill., on Dec. 7 and the famed Chili Bowl from Jan. 14-18, 2014.
“I am thrilled to get back in the driver’s seat with the Team WIX program that embraces the American tradition of grassroots racing,” Crocker said. “I grew up at local, small-town dirt tracks where my love for racing began. Racing is part of my DNA and when I spend time at the racetrack, my passion for racing is renewed. Partnering with Team WIX allows me to focus on my racing roots and get back to what I love.
“I’m looking forward to the feeling of being back behind the wheel with the pedal to the floor and the smell of methanol fumes and just the adrenaline of racing competition. It almost doesn’t feel right when I’m not racing, which is why I’ve come in and out of retirement a few times—and I’m only 32. There is no better sense of accomplishment than coming off a feature event knowing you’ve driven the wheels off the car.”
Crocker began racing quarter midgets at age seven and she won the Quarter Midgets of America Northeast Regional Champion award from 1993-96. She also won in Micro Sprints and then jumped to the 1,200-horsepower, 900-pound winged WoO Sprint cars.
“I don’t have a ton of experience racing Midgets,” Crocker said. “I have a lot of dirt, Sprint car experience with a wing on top, so it will take time getting used to driving without a wing on the car. The horsepower (about 360 for a Midget) won’t be anything too crazy for me because it is a little less than Sprint cars.”