As for everyone else in the world, this year has brought some unexpected changes, ups, and downs due to Covid-19. Despite all the challenges and changes, Julie Nataas and the Randy Meyer Racing team finished third in the championship. The best overall finish of her career. The 2020 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series has been one for the books. Here are Julie’s top five from the season:
- After being stuck in Norway, Julie made it back to start the season in Gainesville, FL, for the Baby Gators in March. Although the team didn’t get the result they wanted with a first-round loss, Julie was happy to be back in the U.S. and back at the racetrack with her team. A couple of days after, the U.S. went into a lockdown, and the season was on pause until July.
- Before the lockdown started in California, Julie visited ARP bolts. She got a tour of the whole facility in Santa Paula and Ventura, had lunch at their racing-themed restaurant, Hozy’s grill, and got to meet the people behind ARP Bolts.
- Running a 5.31ET-274MPH in the OTG/Randy Meyer Racing dragster, Julie qualified no.1 in Bowling Green, KY. Julie defeated David Jordan first round, Matt Sackman second round, and running a 5.22ET-275MPH, Julie defeated Jackie Fricke in the final and won the race.
- A couple of days after the team won in Bowling Green, KY, it was time for the Jegs Allstars and the prestigious U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, IN. Julie qualified for her first Jegs Allstar after winning the North Central Championship in 2019.
- Julie ran a 5.17ET-280MPH to Josh Hart’s 5.22ET-278MPH for the win in the rain-delayed Gatornationals final in Dallas, TX.
“It’s been a different year for all of us, and because of covid-19, our NHRA schedule got changed, but it’s been a great season despite the changes we’ve all had to make. I’m proud of my team to finish the season with a world championship for my teammate Megan Meyer and me in third place. I’m excited about the 2021 season, but right now, I’m ready to take a trip to Norway to see my family. I haven’t been able to see them since February because of the travel restrictions. I’m forever grateful to have the best support system. This year would have been difficult without my NHRA family and my best friends. Like they always do, they have picked me up during my downs and celebrated with me during my ups”.Julie Nataas