Valerie Thompson Racing – Update
The Texas Mile (March 27 – 29) was our first event of the season, which met with mixed success. We made two excellent BMW dealership appearances on the way to the event, which generated a great turnout of racing fans and motorcycle enthusiasts. I posed for numerous pictures with fans and signed a lot of autographs.
I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the first event of each season, it cures the “racing withdrawals” I experience in every off-season. Our Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants BMW ran strong right off the trailer. My first run was over 195 mph, but mechanical gremlins decided to make an appearance to ruin our weekend. We made changes before the second 195 mph pass, but solving the problem required ordering parts to be shipped overnight on Friday. Unfortunately, the parts did not arrive till Monday, preventing additional runs. However once we got the bike home and took a better look at things we noticed that we did more damage and since then it’s now being repaired.
Texas Mile Highlights
RacerConnect.com provided live-streaming coverage of the Texas Mile locally and via the Internet throughout the event. The Texas Mile promoted our name and pictures from last year in their marketing and public relations brochures and guidebook (center page) with VTR mention. All brochure handouts were distributed to 200 plus competitors and record spectator attendance.
Racinf for a Cause – The Matthew Care Project. we generated great exposure and contributions for this non-profit tied to HopeKids.org Through my involvement with the HopeKid.org, I had the opportunity to visit a little boy named Matthew Care in 2012 at the Children’s Phoenix hospital. Matthew was suffering from Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and unfortunately passed away Dec. 23, 2014. On a positive note, Matthews family and friends created The Care Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to families affected by childhood cancer. The owner of Knockout Energy Drink, Matt Holeman, asked me to ride his team’s The Care Project bike to generate additional PR and contributions to The Care Project.
My top speed on the Knockout Energy Drink bike was 189.6 mph, which was heartily celebrated by the Knockout Team and Matthew’s family who traveled from Arizona for the event. The Care family spent the entire time with us at the track. We created new positive memories while raising money for a very worthy cause. I feel so fortunate to be involved with such a wonderful effort and lucky to have friends like The Care family and Matt. I feel even more fortunate to have sponsors like you who help us make a difference on and off the track with organizations like HopeKid.org.
For additional information about The Care Project, please visit
May 15 – 17 El Mirage Dry Lake Bed, CA: Southern California Timing Association’s land speed racing event with hopes of breaking the land speed record of 214.360 mph in the APS-G class and becoming the first female motorcyclist to earn a spot in the famed “200 MPH Club”.
May 2 Guest Celebrity lead rider & speaker at the International Female Ride Day – Scottsdale, AZ
May 9 Guest Appearance Chester’s Harley-Davidson – Mesa, AZ
June 9 – 10 BMW National Aftersales Conference Celebrity Appearance – Las Vegas, NV
June 17 – 18 Celebrity guest appearance on PowerNation TV with Courtney Hansen Automotive shows on Spike TV, CBS Sports and NBC Sports – Franklin, TN
June 30 – July 1 Akrapovic headquarters appearance – Ivancna Gorica, Slovenia
July 2 – 6 BMW Motorrad Days 2015 – Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Thank you Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants for your support of VTR. I could not chase my dreams without your help!