Stoffer leaving Las Vegas with a smile on her face - 11/5/2012
Rob Geiger - Geiger Media
POMONA, Calif. (Nov. 5) - The NHRA World Finals this weekend is not only the final race of the 2012 Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, it's also the final race of the partnership between GEICO and Pro Stock Motorcycle racer Karen Stoffer.
The nine-year relationship between GEICO and Stoffer is coming to an end after this race, and the six-time national-event winner hopes to be back for 2013 and beyond.
"Many have asked what we are going to do in the future, and my answer is, 'We want to continue what we have started and are looking for another partner to fill the GEICO gap,'" Stoffer said. "We have a good value package to offer. It includes not only racing but a great growth strategy for our partners that has proven to be very successful, and the reason why we had a nine-year partnership with GEICO."
So Stoffer will be a busy woman this weekend, not only fulfilling her normal duties of interacting with fans and focusing on her riding, but also greeting long-time friends.
"The last two races of the year are out west," Stoffer said. "This is kind of our home area, so we have a lot of friends, family and fans here. It's tough, because you don't know if you're going to be back next year. Everybody says, 'We'll see you next year. Oh, wait, you don't have a sponsor yet.'
"It's tough. You never know when you're going to see 'em again, but we're optimistic. We don't have anything lined up as of now but we're optimistic."
Stoffer is coming off a second-round appearance at Las Vegas, where she and crew chief Gary Stoffer were encouraged by two exciting races during eliminations. Stoffer won her first-round matchup by .0029 seconds, then lost her second race by .0027 seconds despite one of her best passes of the weekend.
"We want four good runs in qualifying in Pomona, and we want four good elimination runs on Sunday," Stoffer said. "We're going the right direction and I think Gary's got everything all figured out.
"I'm not sure it gives me confidence but definitely Gary because he's been struggling the last couple races with the fuel and what direction to go. He's finally gotten on something again. Hopefully it won't change a heck of a lot going into Pomona but he definitely knows what direction to go."
Stoffer sits fifth in the Pro Stock Motorcycle points standings, which would be her best career finish if she remains there one more race.
Stoffer went on to extend special thanks to all
of the 2012 sponsors and supporters.
Geico Powersports 1-800-442-9253, Suzuki Extended Protetion, Bates Leathers, KYMCOUSA, NGK, Airtech, Red Line Oil, American Racing Products, Mechanix Wear Gloves, and TKO Graphics.