For Nicole Lyons, every day is race day. Not only is Lyons one of the world’s premier female professional racecar drivers, she is also the ultimate multi-tasking machine. As she continues to make her mark as a racer behind the wheel, she also spends countless hours creating, designing, engineering, restoring, marketing and branding highly tuned and tweaked engines.
Lyons grew up under the tutelage of her father and mentor Jack Davis, who was known for his keen sense of engine building—specifically for drag racing and funny cars. As a young girl, time spent with him in the garage was hands-on learning his craft. In time she was building her own engine. Just before she entered her first professional drag race, her father passed away. It was a defining moment for her personally and professionally. Remembering the words of her father, she chose to race, and beat the number three driver at the time.
In an extremely competitive sport dominated by men, Lyons proves she is more than an attractive woman with a spirited personality. A tough competitor who savors the role of the underdog, she is the first African American female to race in the coveted NHRA Top Sportsman & Comp, and the ADRL Top Sportsman classes. She is also the first woman to compete in both NHRA drag racing and NASCAR in one race season.
When not on the track, Lyons serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Muscle Cars, an engine building and muscle car restoration company. In 2011 she was selected as the engine specialist for the automotive reality series “Car Warriors” that aired for 10 episodes on the SPEED Channel.
Drag racer, race car driver, engine builder, and business woman. Nicole Lyons is the epitome of the Outperformer.