Saturday, August 18, 2012
At 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, Sampey's forty-one wins puts her just four behind the number one Pro Stock Bike Racer ever, so she naturally resisted using her gender to grab sponsors. Speaking about how she and other women racers feel about being seen as women first and competitors second, Sampey told one reporter: "In my mind and in my heart, I'm just a racer. When the helmet goes on, you can't see the faces. We want you to give us attention because we're winners."
Sampey retired in 2010 (at the age of forty) because she wants to have a baby, but her career stats, they say, will almost unquestionably put her in the Hall of Fame one day. Right where in-your-face women belong.