She's in the Driver's seat: Nicole Lyons

Here's one from the vaults! She was first official profile in my Miss Underhood piece for Intersection Magazine. Since I'm headed to west coast for the 2012 Los Angeles auto show, I thought it would be nice to do an updated post on one of my favorite female drivers and LA native, Ms. Nicole Lyons. 

My very first Miss Underhood! Nicole Lyons
Meet Nicole Lyons Pro Stock racer and one of the first African American female drag racers. She brings glamour to the garage, but don’t let the pretty face fool you. When it comes to cars, Lyons is the real deal. She’s been racing since the age of two, when her father the late Jack Davis, a famous street racer, strapped her into a car seat and took her on a 160 mile an hour ride around the track for the first time. Within 5 years she was learning to drive herself to school and working in her father’s engine shop. 

According to Lyons, “I love cars because growing up I would watch my dad start from a car that seemed dead and make it a beautiful hardcore gem. I love their curves and the way they dance when you play that song the engine is responsible for. My whole day consists of cars. I’m very hands on, I get dirty, cars are my life   and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Off the track, Lyons serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Cole Muscle Cars, an engine building and muscle car restoration company.  In 2011 Lyons was selected to be on FOX’s new highly anticipated automotive reality series “CAR WARRIORS.” The 10 episode reality show first aired on February 25, 2011, on the Speed Channel.  “CAR WARRIORS” is a car restoration competition and Lyons breaks down barriers and stereotypes as the teams engine specialist.  Being a star of the show caught the eye of Marlon Wayans who signed Nicole to a deal for her very own reality show.

Aside from television, Lyons most recently made the highly prestigious list of the “10 Hottest Women in Drag Racing,” according to Drag Illustrated Magazine (January 2011 issue) and has been in several magazine publications such as Jay Z’s Life & Times, Upscale, Vibe, Black Enterprises, Chevy Rumble, Drag Racer, Rides, Stark and several more.

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