This season has been one of frustration for Pro Stock Motorcycle rider Angie Smith.
Smith competed full-time on NHRA’s Pro Stock Motorcycle circuit in 2010 and 2011 finishing a career-best 11th in the points last season and 12th in 2010. However, Smith has been limited to entering just five of this season’s nine races.
“This is frustrating because neither one of us (Matt, her husband and herself) have a sponsor,” Angie said. “I can’t be out her full-time and it is really frustrating because I’m not going to race forever. I want to race as much as I can right now. Right now it is just a funding thing.”
Matt Smith runs his Matt Smith Racing operation which includes him and Michael Ray. Both Smith and Ray ride Buells. Angie has competed on an MSR Buell at Englishtown, N.J., Chicago, Norwalk, Denver and Sonoma.
Angie wrecked during the final qualifying session at Norwalk. She clocked a 7.10-second time to get in the field. Then, Smith’s brakes failed and she sped through the shutdown area and the sand trap, laying the bike down just before the cornfields. She didn’t suffer any serious injuries.
Right now, Angie is trying to secure 2013 sponsorship.
“I’m working on a couple of deals and they may not all be on a bike,” Angie said. “It may be in a car, but we will have to see what comes. This is just one of those deals where something might come about and maybe nothing comes about. I am trying to stay positive about everything. Either way, I want to be out here on a bike or I want to be out here in a car. I want to be out here racing. I’m staying out here of course with Matt and working on the bikes and stuff like that and I’m learning a lot in that aspect, but ultimately I want to be a driver.”
Back in November 2010, Angie tested behind the wheel of the Yonke Motorsports/JB Coffman Enterprises Pro Stock Pontiac GXP.
When asked if the car option seeks is Pro Stock, Angie had a quick response.
“No, and I will just say that,” Angie said. “It will not be a Pro Stock car. I would love to be able say we have something in the works and we are going to do this deal, but right now it is all about funding.”
As for the remainder of 2012, Angie said there is a possibility she will ride again.
“I may race at Las Vegas (Oct. 25-28) and Pomona (Nov. 8-11),” Angie said. “I am not sure yet.”
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