INDIANAPOLIS – American sprint car racer McKenna Haase is heading to Australia to race in the Ultimate Sydney Speedweek at Valvoline Raceway.
The deal was recently finalized, with sponsor Flair Dancewear signing on to support Haase as she competes in Australia from Dec. 26 to Jan. 18.
“I’m really excited to make my first trip to Australia,” said Haase. “I think it’s every driver’s dream to race down there and I can’t wait to line up with Brad (Sweet), Aaron (Reutzel) and Carson (Macedo) for Sydney Speedweek.”
The Iowa born and bred speedster has made a name for herself for many reasons, including becoming the first woman to win an A-Main at Knoxville Raceway.
In recent months she has moved to Indianapolis to further her motorsport aspirations.
“From what I’ve seen McKenna has many skills,” says Flair Dancewear’s Darren Park. “She will be a huge asset to any race she competes in. You can see that she’s very popular on social media and with her community leadership qualities I know that she’ll be great value for her team and her partners.”
Haase will pilot the No. U55 Flair Dancewear/Prolube/Western Sydney Mechanical Don Ott-powered Maxim for car owners Matt and Sharmane Thomas.
“We’re excited to have McKenna on board,” said Matt Thomas. “She’s a great racer and a very inspiring person. We know that Sydney fans will love her and she’s going to be very competitive. It’s a good opportunity for her to get out of the snow and also to drive a 410 car for the first time. It’s pretty cool that she’ll be doing that for the first time with us.”