Long time NHRA drag racing competitor Vance and Hines (V&H) is returning to NHRA drag racing. The V&H team had had a 20-year sponsorship with Harley-Davidson (Harley). Harley’s decision to end its factory racing programs left the V&H team looking for a new sponsor. And now, V&H has a partnership with Mission Foods to continue racing in the NHRA Drag Racing Pro Stock Motorcycle category.
V&H will no longer field a Harley based bike but is switching to Suzuki for 2021. The bike will utilize a new four-valve V&H modded Suzuki engine. It features a modernized top-end providing increased valve lift and reduced mass in the valve train. The machine’s 1850cc engine will deliver nearly 400 horsepower. It will be mated to a custom chassis developed using data from V&H’s thousands of runs in NHRA competition.
Riding the machine will be Angelle Sampey, a 3-time NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Champion. Also, her 43 Pro Stock Motorcycle wins make her the NHRA’s top female athlete. Sampey is happy to be on the new V&H ride:
“I’m so excited to be part of the Vance & Hines team again this year. This is a first class company that gives me the best bikes I’ve ever ridden. I’m feeling really good about what we can accomplish together this year.“
Equally happy is V&H’s CEO, Mike Kennedy:
We’re happy to be working with Angelle once again. Vance & Hines is in a wonderful position right now. We’ve got one of the top riders in the sport aboard our outstanding new equipment and we have Mission Foods as our new Team Partner. I couldn’t have hoped for anything better as we go into the 2021 season.”