After nearly a decade, Pro Stock Motorcycle star Geico and Karen Stoffer will part ways the end of 2012.
GEICO executives lauded Stoffer for her many accomplishments with the GEICO brand on her Suzuki drag bikes and saluted the rider for her unwavering support and professionalism.
"Karen Stoffer has been a remarkable ambassador for GEICO and we extend our many congratulations on her numerous achievements over the years," said Bill Roberts, executive vice president. "Karen helped carry our motorcycle brand for almost a decade and introduced GEICO insurance to drag racing fans across the country. She was always a gracious and knowledgeable spokesperson for our products and we are very grateful for her spirited support."
Stoffer's six victories are third-most by a female drag racer in NHRA history, behind only Angelle Drago (41) and Shirley Muldowney (18). She is one of only 10 women to qualify No. 1 at an NHRA national event and one of only 12 women to win an NHRA national event in any category.
Since gaining GEICO sponsorship, Stoffer has recorded nine straight top-10 finishes in the championship points, including six consecutive years under the Countdown to the Championship playoff format. She also had a remarkable stretch of six years without recording a DNQ (2005-2010).
In 2010, Stoffer claimed the national record for elapsed time with a run of 6.847 seconds in Gainesville, Fla.
"We had a long, successful marketing partnership with GEICO and I thank them for eight great years together," Stoffer said. "We strived to provide GEICO and our other partners the platform and network to develop great business synergies within the NHRA. We plan on continuing that trend with other partners in the future."
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