The Vance & Hines NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team announced today that it has parted ways with three-time world champion Angelle Sampey after three seasons.
“Vance & Hines has a heritage of success on the track, and 2022 was a disappointing season for our company and our NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle team,” said Vance & Hines president Mike Kennedy in a statement. “While there were successes, like our win in Norwalk Ohio, and the seven race weekends that we were the top qualifier. With our transition to a redesigned Suzuki [four valve] powertrain, at Vance & Hines we expect to compete for championships.
“I’ve asked our crew chief, Andrew Hines, to do a full assessment of our NHRA racing operation to ensure we are in a position to compete for championships going forward. We owe this to our employees, fans and to our partners at Suzuki and Mission Foods. In 2023, we will be parting ways with rider Angelle Sampey, and wish her the best in her future racing endeavors. She’s been an asset to our team for the past three seasons. Angelle is a fan favorite and her personality will be missed.”
Sampey finished second in the standings in 2021 with two wins, following up a one-win season in 2020. She appeared in two final rounds in 2022, winning one, on her way to a sixth-place finish in the points.
The team says its search for a replacement rider is currently underway, as it builds toward the season opener in Gainesville, Florida next March.