Moreda pulling double duty at Indianapolis GP
Aug. 17, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shelina Moreda isn't just chasing history this weekend at Indianapolis.
She wants to open doors for female motorcycle racers everywhere.
If things go as planned, the first woman to compete in a motorcycle race at the storied Brickyard also will become the first woman in track history to compete in two series on the same weekend. Moreda is scheduled to race Sunday in both the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Series and then in the eRoadRacing World Cup, an electric bike series.
"Well, I was the first girl to race here, so I better be the first girl to race in two races here," Moreda said.
Only one other woman, Simona de Silvestro, has raced twice in a weekend at Indianapolis — during the BMW Formula's doubleheader weekend in 2006.
Moreda will become the first to run three times in one weekend and the first to try it in back-to-back races, the last two on Sunday. She finished 19th in the 10-lap AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson race Saturday.
But this is no longer just about Moreda achieving another female first. She's here to get results.
When Moreda came to Indy two years ago for the Harley race, she had been on the bike exactly one week.
This time, the former California Dairy Princess, has increased her repertoire. She competed relentlessly on flat tracks, short tracks and in supermoto races, a schedule that has allowed her spend to spend only night at home over the past month. And she's now added former Harley racer Michelle Disalvo as her mechanic.
The goals are simple.
"My goal is to be on the podium for the electric bike race. I want to be standing next to teammates on the podium," she said. "For the Harleys, we were 25th (Friday) and 18th in practice (Saturday morning), so I want to be in the top 15 Sunday."
Moreda also is making a difference off the track.
She and American MotoGP rider Colin Edwards have teamed up to conduct the Fast Girls Dirt Skills Camp, an all-female workout for aspiring motorcycle racers.
But the best way for Moreda to boost the profile of her pet project may be gaining attention through her results this weekend.
"The electric bike is about 100 pounds lighter, so it's not the easiest thing to jump back and forth. I'm testing myself," Moreda said. "Mentally, I just have to go into it knowing that that I have to go faster in the second race and stay calm and smooth on the track."