It's been five years in the making, but 16-year-old Elena Myers will make her long-awaited professional racing debut at Daytona International Speedway starting with practice on Wednesday, riding a Suzuki GSX-R600 in the AMA Pro Racing SuperSport class.
Myers' Daytona debut is being backed by Team Hammer, Inc. and Richie Morris Racing (RMR) and she is actively seeking financial support for the balance of the 2010 AMA SuperSport season.
At Daytona, Myers will be riding motorcycles provided by Team Hammer, now racing as Team M4 Monster Energy Suzuki, with crew supplied by RMR, now racing as Geico Powersports RMR Suzuki.
Elena Myers Speaks...
"It seems like I've been waiting forever for this," said Myers. "Ever since I was 11 years old, when I met Team Hammer owner John Ulrich, we've had this plan that when I turned 16 I'd make my Pro debut at Daytona on one of his bikes. The economy has affected sponsorship, but we're here at Daytona and ready to go. When we first talked about doing this, I was so young and didn't really know what the future would hold. But five years later the time has come and it's pretty unbelievable! "
"Teaming up with Richie Morris Racing and having Danny Eslick as my teammate here at Daytona is incredible. I've been testing an M4 Suzuki out in California to get used to the different brand and all I can say is that the bike works awesome! I know I'm gonna have the best support behind me and I plan to make the most of this opportunity. I really want to thank John Ulrich again for believing in me all these years and for making all this happen. Having the right people behind me has made all the difference in the world."
Last Sunday, Myers finished fourth in an ASRA Superbike race, drafting and passing a group of three other riders on the run to the finish line.
Myers' personal sponsors include long-time supporters Arai, Alpinestars, Stockton Moto and Bike911.com.