Defending NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster world champion Megan Meyer announced on Monday her intentions to retire from full-time driving at the close of the 2020 season to focus on family and other professional endeavors.
I’ve been racing in Top Alcohol Dragster full-time for five years now and a lot has changed over that time,” Meyer said. “I’ve accomplished pretty much everything I’ve wanted to accomplish in Top Alcohol. I’m ready to take a break, focus on getting married, starting a family and working on my own business. I have other goals in my life right now that I want to focus on. I’ll see where that takes me.”
Meyer won the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national championship in 2019 driving the NGK Spark Plugs A/Fuel dragster tuned by her father and team owner, Randy Meyer. In her relatively brief career, Meyer has collected 10 national event wins, 11 regional victories, and three consecutive NHRA Central Region championships
“I’m very proud of everything Megan’s accomplished,” Randy Meyer said. “She’s handled herself very well from day one. Her hard work and dedication to not only my team, but to the sport in general, has paid big dividends. She’ll have that to look back on for the rest of her life.”
Meyer was named Rookie of the Year in 2016, and three seasons later, reached the pinnacle of the semi-semi-professional NHRA ranks with her series championship.
“It’s always been my dream to be a world champion since I saw Alan Bradshaw become our first world champion driver in 2003,” Megan said. “I knew one day that would be me. I didn’t know I could do it in four years. But thankfully we had a great car, great parts, great crew guys. We hoped for the best, put in the hours and got better parts every year with the help from sponsors, especially when NGK stepped up as my title sponsor. That’s where things really improved for us.”
“I’ve been driving for a total of 17 years, and for 12 of it I was bracket racing,” Megan said. “I still love that type of racing. I got to bracket race for the first time in years a couple weekends ago and had a great time.”
NGK will continue its title sponsorship of one of Randy Meyer Racing’s A/Fuel cars under the guidance of a new driver. The NGK car will race alongside a second team car the will be shared by various driver again 2021. As for Meyer, she insists she won’t be stepping away entirely, instead dialing back (no pun intended) to her bracket racing roots.
“We don’t know what the future is going to hold, but we’re pretty sure bracket racing will always be around,” Megan continued. “It’s something that’s available to me right now because of Rachel. I’d like to take that opportunity and see how I can use it to work with sponsors and social media. In my heart, I’m always going to be a sportsman racer. I want to keep working on ways to promote the sportsman classes and come up with more ways to help sportsman racers promote themselves and their sponsors on social media.”
“I want to tell other racers to enjoy the ride, no matter how long or short they have to be a driver or a crew guy or whatever position they’re in,” Megan says in closing. “Make sure you have fun and have creative experiences because those can lead to skills and networking that can lead to big success later on. I’m just following the strides to fit my new goals now. I want to be able to help other racers, to serve with passion and to be known as the girl who became a champion but also made a difference in the industry.”