Imagine that you and a buddy are Sean and Han from “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.” You are drifting through the empty streets of late night Tokyo in your gorgeous orange and black Veilside Mazda RX7. As you are drifting through the streets you come across two gorgeous females in a beautiful two-tone Nissan Skyline GT-R R33. The girl sitting in the passenger seat of that Skyline is none other than the beautiful Verena Mei.
Verena is quite the accomplished professional. She began life in the automotive business as a Toyo Tire poster model for import drag racing. After getting a few tours under her belt she really wanted to get more out of her career. This led to a phone call to Bobby Unser Jr. I checked my own Rolodex and no, no I don’t have Bobby’s name on there anywhere (lol). He offered her a little advice on how to really get started and what she needed to accomplish. Did she build a car? No. Did she date a famous driver? No. She did the things that we all dreamed of as young kids. Verena went to stunt school, drag racing school, and signed up for the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving. Her driving resume is something that I had to read a few times to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Verena raced Formula Drift from 2004-2007, 2008-2009 she participated in the Redline Time Attack Series, and in 2010 she began learning how to race in Rally Racing at Team O’Neill Rally School. She called her cameo in Tokyo Drift “ironic” and she could hardly keep from smiling as Rhys Millen drifted that RX7 around her. I can only imagine that she would have been in Rhys’ seat had she been given the chance.
Being a female in motorsports has come with quite a few challenges. Verena is constantly trying to prove herself and earn a little respect for her craft. Her favorite parts of being in the motorsport life are making an impact, empowering women, and teaching people about driving. Looking back at her resume I know this is something she does very VERY well.
In what little spare time she gets Verena finds herself just trying to relax. She is making more of an effort now to find that balance between work and life. Other than that she is living her dream everyday. One thing Verena wishes she had is more time to do the things she needs to do. She would like to do some marketing and find a better way to connect with her fellow auto enthusiasts. Being a car enthusiast at heart is certainly a great place for her to start.
I want to thank John Leigh of Planet Zero for making this interview happen. I really enjoyed spending a little bit of time with Verena and she is welcome in our community anytime she wants.
Verena, when you read this, if you are driving….I GOT SHOTGUN!!!
Please visit her Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/verenameiracing and make sure to click “like.” I also need to thank Sean from West Houston Muscle for letting me use his venue at Blast to the Past After Hours for this interview. Please visit his Facebook Fan Page at www.facebook.com/seantajapparel .