Professional motorcyclist Peggy, of Mexican and Jamaican descent, became the first woman of color in the world to win a professional motorsports event, winning at the NHRA POWERade Dallas event in 2007, earning her an appearance in the inaugural Countdown to 4 and Countdown to 1, giving her a finish in the POWERade top five in standings where she recorded her post-career-best time and speed. For the season, she finished fourth overall and holding the highest placing for a female in the Pro Stock Motorcycle class.
The eight year professional motorcyclist ran an abbreviated season in 2008 where she advanced to the semifinals in Denver, finishing the season qualifying five of six races. Peggy made history once again in 2010 becoming the first woman of color to own, operate, and race for a professional motorsports team.
Also in 2010 and 2011, Peggy was recognized for her achievements by the Women’s Sports Foundation at the 32nd and 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala in New York.
In May 2015, Llewellyn was awarded the Inspiration of Youth Award, which is given to an individual who has inspired the youth of today to become great achievers of tomorrow, by Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Named 2009 Female Athlete of the Year by The Elements of a Champion Foundation for displaying extraordinary character on and off the racetrack, Peggy is dedicated to her community through actively being involved with Women’s Sports Foundation’s Go Girl Go! and independently promoting the sport of motorcycle racing, physical fitness education, and following dreams to young girls. She also supports Divas For A Cure, a unique national service-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of Black and Latina women, who ride motorcycles across country to increase awareness and raise funds to support a cure for breast cancer throughout the year and through their signature fund raiser, Divas For A Cure Breast Cancer Motorcycle Run.
Over the years, Peggy has been covered by many media outlets to include ESPN, ESPN Deportes, FOX Sports, Ocean Style Magazine, Heart & Soul Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Dragster Magazine, Essence Magazine, to name a few, and has graced the cover of Latina Style, Decisive Magazine, Black Girls Ride, and Our Heritage Magazine, as well as being featured in 2012 on BET “Black Girls Rock!”
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Race: Jamaican American/Mexican American
Height/weight: 5’1”, 120 pounds
Race Team: 2Wheel Woman Racing
2008: Participated in three events and qualified for all events.
2007: Won first career final round appearance, becoming the first woman of color to win an NHRA POWERade event (Dallas); Earned appearance in inaugural Countdown to 4 and Countdown to 1; Finished in the POWERade top five in standings; Posted career-best time and speed
2001: Participated in six events
Career Best E.T. – 6.928 seconds Career Best Speed – 193.24 mph
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