A little help from my friendsThursday, May 17, 2012
Posted by: Katie Sullivan

I think it is pretty safe to say, I have been in the fast lane for the past couple months. I am completely in love with my graphics company, Tough Girl Designs. It is a ton of hard work, but I could not be more thrilled to see how far it has come in such a short time. Best of all, I completely love my job, and I feel so fortunate for that. I'm also trying to finish up my associates degree in Small Business and Entrepreneurship. I know it has been a little while since I last updated my blog, and so much has happened since I last wrote.

I am so lucky that since my accident, I have already had the opportunity to get back on a Pro Stock Motorcycle. I can honestly say it was probably one of the best feelings I have ever had in my life. Of course, after the wreck I heard a lot of the things that were said. While there were many people who were very supportive, I also had a few negative people who decided to step in with their criticism. I am not usually affected by negativity or criticism, but I have to be honest and say it wasn't the easiest thing in the world to put it all behind me when it was time to get back on the bike.

So when I made that first seven-second pass after my wreck, I felt like I had proved to myself that I belong on a Pro Stock Motorcycle. That was the best feeling in the world. We had been testing at Kool April Nights at Redding Drag Strip, in order to get ready to go to the Houston for the O’Reilly Spring Nationals. Testing went fairly well, but in testing it is hard to turn our bike all the way up. So unfortunately we failed to see that we had some sort of a wiring issue. When we got to Houston we could only make the bike run 182-mph no matter what we tried. Everybody worked so hard, we even did a motor swap between the third and fourth qualifying runs. I have to give a huge thank you to my crew: my dad, Freddie Camarena, Steve Rice, and Dennis Bagshaw. Everybody worked extremely hard to do everything they could to get us in the show on Sunday. Even though we didn't qualify, I am extremely proud of this whole team.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to make Houston. So many people stepped up to help make it happen. One of the biggest contributors was Tanner Clift with Pist N' Broke Speedshop. He stepped up to pay our way to get to Houston. It was because of him, that I was able to race there. I really can't thank Pist N' Broke Speedshop enough for what they did for us. Also, I owe a huge thank you to my family, especially my parents. I know how hard my wreck was for them to see, and to still support my racing, they are the best family in the world. Time to get back to work, I will update everyone soon on our future plans!