B$Z: HRT Racing's Vicki Golden Ready to Make Monster Energy Supercross History in Arlington
ready to make history in Arlington
Since its inception, the sport has been male dominated, but in recent years a tremendous surge of highly talented women has opened new doors for the growing female demographic to make its presence felt. Golden has been at the forefront of breaking new ground for the sport since she embarked on a full-fledged effort to compete alongside men in AMSOIL Arenacross during the 2011 season. Over the four years of her journey, she has helped pave the path for women attempting to compete in AMSOIL Arenacross and Monster Energy Supercross.
As a result of her determination, Golden has progressed into becoming one of the most dynamic and compelling figures in all of off-road motorcycle racing, culminating with her 250SX Class endorsement last March at the penultimate AMSOIL Arenacross round in Hidalgo, Texas. She spoke of the historic achievement and her thoughts on its significance.
"It's awesome," Golden exclaimed. "It doesn't really make a difference that I'm the first woman; I guess it's more being the only one. It really makes it more prestigious in my eyes that I have the talent and courage to go up against men in one of the most aggressive sports on earth; Monster Energy Supercross. I think part of it also is that now no one can tell me I can't race [supercross] or that I'm only there because someone gave me an exemption. I met the qualifications like every other guy that will be out there."
Upon completing the Road to Supercross, Golden set her sights on the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season, and in the months leading up to her debut in Arlington she's been hard at work preparing for the biggest opportunity of her career and what will be the most significant moment for a female competitor in the 42 year history of the sport.
"It's a lot to take in, thinking about trying to race in supercross," said Golden. "It's a big step for me so I really want to be smart and well prepared for it. I think it's going to open up a lot of doors for me. I can't wait to see what happens and where this goes."
The annual visit to AT&T Stadium will mark the opening race of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, which Golden has entered to compete for. While Golden is being realistic about her expectations in what will be her first outing on a full-scale supercross track, she recognizes the greater significance of her Monster Energy Supercross debut.
"I do [understand how significant this accomplishment is] and I'm grateful for it," Golden continued. "It really provides inspiration for younger girls, so hopefully this gender barrier breaking doesn't stop with me and it continues to happen in the future. It's been a tough journey for sure, but if it were so easy then it wouldn't mean as much."
Golden's efforts are supported by the following sponsors: HRT Racing, ACM, Elite Vehicle Brands, Bills Pipes, Just 1 Helmets, One Industries, Reel Cameras, Rekluse Clutches, HP Race Development, Motopro Graphics, RAD Wheels, Mika Metals, DT 1 Filters, Cycra Plastic, Works Connections, Streamline Brakes, Dunlop, SDG Seats and Maxima Oil.