Roddy Racing's All Girl Crew For 2002
By Bob Gettys
Don and Sharon Roddy and their all-girl crew are looking to make waves in
Photo by Bob Gettys
I would like to take the time to talk about a special
team with whom I have become very close. I first met Don and Sharon Roddy
at the first SFC race of 2000. Since then, the Roddys have become very
special people in my life. If all friends were like Don and Sharon, the
world would be a better place to live in.
About the Roddys... Roddy's
Racing Team started in 1999 after being out of racing for 25 years. With a
bit of laughter, Don said that the Jr. Dragsters today are running about
as fast as he did that long ago. He wondered if he was really up to this.
The team started as a husband and wife team, Don and
Sharon Roddy, with the help of some good friends from time to time. Their
first car was a yellow 1957 Thunderbird, but when that "bird"
wouldn't fly as fast or as straight as they wanted, they bought a 1993
Corvette Funny Car. Sporting one of the wild paint jobs for which Don's
is so noted, they made their first run with the car at the end of the 2001
season with the Southern Fuel Coupes.
Don had never driven a clutch car before so it was a
whole new experience for him. He quickly adapted to the new car and the
clutch by busting off a 4.53 at Ware Shoals on his second pass. He and
Sharon knew then that the Funny Car was a good decision for them, but now
their concern was how to manage the car without any help. Getting the car
to the starting line, lifting and lowering the body, and adjusting the
clutch after every run were many of the things that had to be considered.
This was when the "girls" appeared on the scene.
These two girls are just as special to me as are Don and
Sharon. They are full of life and loads of fun to be around.
About the Girls... Shayna Harding and J-Bird
(Jena) Roddy, daughters of Don and Sharon, were more than happy to come
back into the drag racing scene when asked. They, just like Don, quickly
adapted to what they had to learn and do. Training was easy because they
were eager to learn everything from the bottom up and they did, thus the
"All Girl Crew For 2002" was born. Fans are amazed when the
girls lift the FC body and climb underneath with the dial indicator in
hand to adjust the clutch. Their movements are quick and accurate. The
dirt, grime, and sweat are never a consideration for these girls. Don will
tell you very quickly that he didn't raise his girls to be dainty.
This also goes for his wife, Sharon, who is the crew
chief of this team. Knowledgeable about every aspect of the car, Sharon
handles many duties. She keeps everyone focused and calm before every
race, going over every little detail -– twice. When asked what her main
job was, she said that it was to keep Don in the groove. That is a hard
task in itself because she laughingly says that Don likes to take the
scenic route at times. I have heard through the grapevine that she presses
Don for good reaction times. This must be working because at the Ware
Shoals race on May 18, Don had the best reaction time with a .430 light.
The Roddys always take the time to talk to fans, young
and old. If you walk into their pit, you will always see the team talking
or signing tee shirts for their fans. And the team has many fans because
they know and realize that their fans are their number one priority. The
Roddys strive to give them the best show possible at every race.
At the end of every race –- win or lose -- this family
knows what drag racing is all about.
Don, Sharon, Shayna, and Jena: Y'all have something that
everyone dreams about, especially me.