Michelle Devilbiss Creating the Life She Wants to Live Through Drag Racing
Michelle Devilbiss is taking the drag racing world by storm. However, she wasn’t always in the drivers seat. Michelle started off as a Crew Chief for the infamous “Devils Reject’ Car piloted by Brian “IceMan” Devilbiss for Evolution Performance. It was only a matter of time before Michelle Devilbiss got behind the wheel and started turning heads.
From Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Michelle Devilbiss is the pilot of the 2000 Nitrous powered 600ci BBF Mustang GT known as ‘Devils Revenge’. Devils Revenge was built by DGR Performance and is equipped with a Books Carb 1550 with 13.5/1 Compression and a 9″ – 2500hp Center Section Aluminum Pro HD Case with 40 spline gun drilled axles — WOW! Complete with Aerospace Components Billet Brake System and safety equipment by Stroud Safety! Michelle Devilbiss and her Devils Revenge Mustang are powered by Gulf Racing Fuels Mach 116 and a Pro Line 5000 Trans by Trans Specialties.
You can often catch Michelle racing or crewing at Mason Dixon Dragway, located in Boonsboro, Maryland. She is currently racing heads up 1/8 mile — Extreme Outlaw, Quick 16 and Insane Quick 8 — However, she has been known to agree and kill it at a Grudge race or two.
In 2013, Michelle was named Crew Chief for the ‘Devils Reject’ Car of the ‘IceMan”. As a Team, they took the 2013 GT500 from a mid 8 second car to low 7’s!
“I’ve had the opportunity to work with the best in the business from Brian Devilbiss coaching me in my car to learning how to get the car from A to B with Patrick Barnhill of PTP Racing,” Michelle Devilbiss says,”Thanks to our race Team Evolution Performance, I have learned what it takes to be a competitive drag racer and an effective leader as Crew Chief when I wear the hat.”
In 2015, Michelle got her shot at the driver seat in a 2015 5.0 Mustang built by Evolution Performance.
“The car was featured in Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords Magazine. I quickly got comfortable in the car, making 170 passes down the Track that season. Being the ‘new girl’ on the block I was challenged to Grudge races and took the win in every one of them,” Michelle explains,”I picked up my first Sponsor ACE Racing Clutches and by the end of the season I had dropped 2.5 seconds off my ET.”
After much success, it was decided that Michelle was destined behind the wheel Heading into the 2016 season, she would be piloting her own race car.
“There was no ‘easing’ into the car. I had no Test-n-Tune. First time in the car, I entered a 5.90 Index race. Q1 I rolled up, did my first ever big tire burnout, staged the car and hit my Transbrake button for the very first time, held the throttle to the wood left off the Transbrake and just reacted. Not knowing what this level of power was going to feel like….what a rush,” Michelle says,”I never lifted. Round 1 Eliminations was my 3rd ever pass in the car and I ran a 5.83 putting me out, but was so thrilled because I had run almost 2 full seconds faster than I ever had before. I was hooked!”
This was the turning point for Michelle Devilbiss. With the need for speed and the passion to drive it, she entered the Extreme Outlaw and Quick 16 Class. It didn’t take long before she was shooting a 300+ shot of nitrous and kicking ass and taking names.
“The launch and G-force feeling was addictive! It was time to light the candles and get busy,” says Michelle,”In July, I had the opportunity to race with Daddy Dave of the 405.”
Thanks to the support of Michelle’s sponsors, she is fortunate enough to be able to compete in drag racing and travel most of the year. Currently, Michelle is representing some of the best companies in the industry, including: Gulf Racing Fuels, Stroud Safety, Aerospace Components, DGR Performance, Evolution Performance, UPR Products, Watson Racing, Scorpion Racewear and Killer Mile Motorsports.
Outside of racing, Michelle spends a lot of time mentoring the youth to get them interested in motorsports. In addition, Michelle also helps organize a number of different charity car shows and dyno events at the Evolution Performance Shop. Most of their charity events go to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF).
“I believe you get back what you put out there” says Michelle Devilbriss, “Giving makes the heart happy!”
For 2017, Michelle is aiming to hit the 4’s in Devils Revenge. With her best ET of 2016 being 5.20, we know she is not far from it.
“Create the life you want to live. Be your own biggest Fan because strength, perseverance and motivation can make all your dreams come true,” says Michelle Devilbiss.
We look forward to Michelle’s success in 2017! Get ’em girl!