2016 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Set career bests for time and speed in Gainesville
Became only the ninth driver to run over 280 mph in TAD
Raced to three victories
2014: Raced to divisional victory in Bowling Green (TAD)
2013:Raced to first NHRA victory in Atlanta (SG); Raced to divisional victory in Bowling Green (SC)
2015 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Raced to three victories
Finished career-high 4th in points (TAD)
Northeast Division champion (TAD)
2015 wins/runner-up finishes: 3/2
Career wins/runner-up finishes: 9/4
2015 points finish: 4th nationally, Northeast Division champion
Best points finish: 4th (2015)
First start: Orlando, 2012 (Super Comp, divisional)
Career-best elapsed time: 5.192 seconds (TAD, Gainesville, 2016)
Career-best speed: 280.06 mph (TAD, Gainesville, 2016)
2016 cars: CARS Protection Plus/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil dragster, CARS Protection Plus/VP Racing Fuels Chevrolet Cavalier
The 2016 season was a historic one for drag racer Mia Tedesco as the 22-year-old from Pittsburgh became the first female national champion in the ultra-competitive Super Gas category of the Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.
Tedesco and crew chief Jason Lynch got the job done with a steady string of performances in the CARS Protection Plus/VP Racing Fuels Super Gas Chevrolet Cavalier, both at the divisional and national levels. They competed at 18 races in total to outlast John Taylor, Steven Furr, Tommy Phillips and a host of other top drivers to take the category's top prize.
Her march to the top of the drag racing world was highlighted by two huge wins at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, where she won the divisional race on June 5 and returned a month later to capture the trophy at the national event on July 10. Those two victories also helped her clinch the Division 3 Super Gas championship.
Remarkably, Tedesco raced another car all year as well -- the 275-mph CARS Protection Plus/Schepel Motors/NGK/Lucas Oil Top Alcohol Dragster -- where she earned an eighth place finish in the national points. That run into the top 10 was boosted by three impressive regional victories in Gainesville, Fla., St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio, that helped her clinch the North Central Region Top Alcohol Dragster title for the second year in a row.
Known as "Miss Mia" to her friends and fans, Tedesco plans for more of the same in 2017, and with the title of world champion now attached to her name, she knows it won't be easy to defend her title. However, with the support of her family, a strong faith in God and competition experience in five different classes, she won't be easily stopped.
Faith and family are vitally important to Tedesco. She began drag racing when she was 8 at Pittsburgh Raceway Park, a track owned by her father Michael Tedesco. It was her Uncle Carmen who convinced his niece to grab a helmet and firesuit and to get behind the wheel of a race car. A lifelong drag racing fanatic, Uncle Carmen was Mia's biggest fan until his passing in 2015.
"My family has always been very involved in my racing," Tedesco said. "We all enjoy spending time with each other whether we’re at the track or at home. It’s a great feeling to know I have their support in everything I do, including racing.
"Along with my family, my faith is super important to me, and that’s never going to change.
"Winning the Super Gas championship and being the first girl to do it in 65 years of organized drag racing, that's really special and something we're all proud of, for sure. What's better is that it all happened because we work so well together."