Paige – Born August 1998 (15). www.paigewheeler.co.uk
Paige first attended Santa Pod Raceway for a fireworks display in 2007. Paige enjoyed watching the drag racing and wanted to go and watch it every week. Paige begged parents Andy & Dionne to let her have a go in one of Santa Pod Junior Dragsters for nearly two years.
Andy & Dionne finally gave in and in July 2009 they booked Paige a go in one of the Santa Pod Junior Dragsters as a surprise for her 11th Birthday. Paige had a fantastic time and was observed by the Race Director on the same day so she could apply for her MSA (MotorSports Association) licence.
A week later the Wheeler family purchased a 2nd hand junior dragster. Paige began testing most weekends and entered her first UK National event the SPRC Nationals Finals in September 2009. Paige then reached the semi finals at her 2nd National event, the Easter Thunderball 2010.
At the FIA European Finals in 2010 Paige met famous American drag racer Melanie Troxel at the time part of R2B2 Racing Team. Melanie signed Paige’s dragster for good luck and then Paige went on to win the 2010 FIA European Finals event!
In October 2010 Paige & family were invited by Melanie to attend the NHRA Las Vegas Nationals in the USA. Paige found herself lined up at a NHRA Fan Fest along side the worlds greatest drag racing stars signing her hero cards for the thousands of fans queued up to meet their idols.
Over the winter of 2010 Paige had a brand new custom made dragster built by Half Scale Dragsters Inc in Phillipsburg, NJ. The state of the art dragster was at the time the only one of its kind in Europe. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in less than 3 seconds and has a restricted top speed of 85 mph. It’s capable of beating a Bugatti Veyron in a 1/8 mile drag race!
In March 2011 Paige and Dad, Andy, travelled to the NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville Florida as guests of the R2B2 Racing / Melanie Troxel. Team owner Roger Burgess invited Paige to join the R2B2 Racing Team and represent them in Europe!
In July 2011 Paige and family travelled to Bristol, Tennessee to race at the worlds largest junior drag racing competition, the NHRA Eastern Conference Finals. Paige competed in three events over ten days using a dragster provided by Half Scale Dragsters Inc. Over 600 children aged between 8 and 17 years from all over the USA attend. Paige won several rounds getting through to two 2nd round appearances and a 3rd round appearance.
Despite changing over to her new dragster mid season Paige finished 9th place in the UK Championship in 2011.
Paige & Belle were nominated for most professional appearing team in 2011 & 2012. The girls won the SPRC Most Professional Appearing Team Award in 2012
Paige ended 2012 in 3rd place in the UK National Championship
Paige & Belle have recently joined American Racing Team GK Motorsports and are team mates with Pro Stock driver Erica Enders. Erica also started in Junior Dragster and featured in the Disney movie Right on Track.
Paige also jumped off the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas on the Sky Jump in 2012.
Paige won the ‘Best overall apearing car’ award at the 2013 NHRA Eastern Conference Finals at Bristol Dragway, Tennesse, USA.
Paige also drives Europes fastest’s Outlaw Junior Dragster.