SAMPEY OUT AT VANCE & HINES
Angelle Sampey’s three-year run as a rider for Vance & Hines is over. The team announced she would no longer be with the team moving forward.
“Vance & Hines has a heritage of success on the track, and 2022 was a disappointing season for our company and our NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team,” Vance & Hines president Mike Kennedy told NHRA.com. “While there were successes, like our win in Norwalk, Ohio, and the seven race weekends that we were the top qualifier. With our transition to a redesigned Suzuki [four valve] powertrain, at Vance & Hines, we expect to compete for championships.
“I’ve asked our crew chief, Andrew Hines, to do a full assessment of our NHRA racing operation to ensure we are in a position to compete for championships going forward. We owe this to our employees, fans, and to our partners at Suzuki and Mission Foods.
“In 2023, we will be parting ways with rider Angelle Sampey, and we wish her the best in her future racing endeavors. She’s been an asset to our team for the past three seasons. Angelle is a fan favorite, and her personality will be missed.”
No word is available as to who the team’s replacement rider will be. The team is expected to make an announcement ahead of the 2023 NHRA Gatornationals, the 2022 season opener. The three-time champion Sampey is expected to pursue other riding options.