After three seasons, the Vance & Hines team has parted with three-time world champion Angelle Sampey. The search for a replacement rider is currently underway.
"Vance & Hines has a heritage of success on the track, and 2022 was a disappointing season for our company and our NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team," said Vance & Hines president Mike Kennedy. " While there were successes, like our win in Norwalk Ohio, and the seven race weekends that we were the top qualifier. With our transition to a redesigned Suzuki [four valve] powertrain, at Vance & Hines we expect to compete for championships.
“I've asked our crew chief, Andrew Hines, to do a full assessment of our NHRA racing operation to ensure we are in a position to compete for championships going forward. We owe this to our employees, fans and to our partners at Suzuki and Mission Foods.
In 2023, we will be parting ways with rider Angelle Sampey, and wish her the best in her future racing endeavors. She's been an asset to our team for the past three seasons. Angelle is a fan favorite and her personality will be missed.”
The search for a replacement rider is currently underway, and the team expects to make an announcement well in advance of the season-opening Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, the first race of the 2023 Camping World NHRA season, which is scheduled for March 9-12, 2023.
Sampey is expected to explore other available options in order to continue her career, which includes three NHRA championships and 46 victories and 80 final rounds in 292 career starts since 1996.