Driver // Verena Mei

Verena Mei

Verena has been involved in the automotive industry for over 10 years.  She was first introduced to racing while modeling for Toyo Tires from 2000-2002, at the height of Sport Compact Drag Racing.  During these years, she grew a passion for racing.  In 2002, on recommendation of Indy Car legend Bobby Unser Jr., she sent herself to stunt driving school to test her driving skill, and she loved it.  A month later, she sent herself to the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School, and ran a 9.46 second quarter-mile, at 144 mph, earning her Pro Competition Drag Racing License, making her the fastest Asian-American female in the US.

In 2004, The Bondurant School trained her to become a racecar driver.  She got her start in drifting while training in 300 HP Roush Mustangs, and made her debut into the drifting world in a Bondurant Roush Crown Victoria.  That year, she bought her own car, and built it up on the G4 TV show, Street Fury.  She was then chosen by Nissan Motorsports who built her a 484 HP, twin turbo, 350Z for her to run in the Formula Drift series. In her first season Verena was one of the first, and top-female drifter in the North America.  After 5-years of Formula Drift, she competed in the Redline Time Attack series, winning a class championship in her first year, placing podium at every event and becoming the first female to win a championship in the series. She also converted her custom 350Z to run on E85 fuel (again, in a TV show, Racing Greener) and was the first driver to win a championship in an alternative-fuel race car.

This year Verena has taken her driving skills to the dirt.  She moved to New Hampshire to train with the North American rally guru, Tim O�Neil, at the Team O�Neil Rally School. She�s completely immersed herself in the rally world to become a rally champion.  Verena spends everyday at the school. . . training, instructing, and has built her own rally car.  She has co-driven for the 2011 Rally America 2WD Champion, and raced in her first rally this year. 

Verena just signed a 2-year contract with TrueCar, as part of the True Car Racing �Women Empowerment� initiative. She will compete in Rally America in 2012 and 2013, and Baja 1000 this year.

Verena has been recognized four years in a row by the Lyn St. James Foundation at their annual, Women in the Winner�s Circle event, for being a pioneer and making an impact on motorsports. 

Verena has hosted and stared in automotive TV shows, appeared in the blockbuster movies �Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift�, and Rush Hour 2, and attracts a lot of media attention when she races.  She has a degree in marketing, has worked in advertising,
has trained at the Groundlings School, and has a deep knowledge of the automotive industry and motorsports in particular.

Verena has worked with most of the automotive manufacturers for the past six years.  She has worked on numerous consumer ride-and-drives, dealer training, and press launches as a Pro-Driver, Product Specialist, Vehicle Production Manager, Facilitator, and Driving Instructor.  She has also been a Brand Ambassador for companies such as BFGoodrich, testing tires, doing commercials, speaking at national/regional sales meetings and product launches. 

Verena�s personal goals, through her accomplishments, are to be a positive role model, empower women, and to educate teens about car control and the importance of safe driving.

Mei can play the Ukulele behind her head.

What was the most fun moment in rally?  Saturday at the 2012 100AW, Leanne started figuring out how to push my buttons to make me go faster.  It was the first time I actually had fun rally racing.  We were laughing at the start of every stage, and I progressed so much as a driver!  Now I know that�s how it�s supposed to be, and am really loving it!

How did you get started in Rally or Rallycross?

I love to sing and dance, and the Broadway musical, RENT, inspired me to follow my passion and go after my dreams.

My first introduction to racing was being a poster model for Toyo Tires at sport compact drag racing events.  I learned about racing, met people in the industry, and wanted to get behind the wheel.  In 2004 I started drifting, then competed in Formula Drift for 4 years, and kept going.

What are your future goals?

Be on the podium!

// About
Name - Verena Mei
Hometown - Pearl City, HI currently residing: Littleton, NH
Occupation - Rally Driver

// Career Results
Year Event Class Finish
2013 Ojibwe Forests Rally 2WD 5
2013 New England Forest Rally 2WD 6
2013 Susquehannock Trail Rally 2WD 7
2013 Oregon Trail Rally 2WD DNF
2013 100 Acre Wood Rally 2WD 6
2013 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD 5
2012 Olympus Rally 2WD 4
2012 New England Forest Rally 2WD 7
2012 Susquehannock Trail Rally 2WD 5
2012 Oregon Trail Rally 2WD 4
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2012 Rally in the 100 Acre Wood 2WD 7
2012 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD 8
2011 Errol Rally Group 2 DNF
2011 MaxAttack! - NEFR 2WD DNF
2011 Mexico Rally Group 2 5
2011 Sno*Drift Rally 2WD 4
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