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IDA ZETTERSTRÖM

Born:  Stockholm, Sweden

Date of birth:  May 2, 1994

HobbiesAmerican muscle cars, motorcycles, actionsports

Work:  Top Fuel driver for JCM Racing.

Owner of marketing company Ida Zetterström creative, specialized in social media marketing, website design and content creation. 

Started racing:  Started in jr dragsters at the age of 8

Licenses:  Super Comp Dragster, Super Street Bike, Top Fuel Dragster

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BACKGROUND

 

At the age of 8 Ida started racing Jr Dragsters and had a great start of her career. 

At the age of 16 she moved up and earned her Super Comp Dragster license.

2017 Ida started racing in the class Super Street Bike, the European equivalent to the U.S. class

Pro Street Bike.

In 2019 Ida had her breakthrough year in SSB with several final round appearances and her first event win, making Ida the first woman to ever win in the Scandinavian Super Street Bike class.

At the end of the season Ida and the team stood as the overall winners of the Scandinavian Championship. Making Ida the youngest to ever win a Super Street Bike Championship. 

Ida also received the VP Racing Fuels Special Award for the racer with most notable achievements in 2019.

In 2020 Ida became the first woman to ever clock a 6 second run in the Super Street Bike class, and in all classes driven on street tires / without wheelie bars, doing so with a new track record ET of 6.985s at 205.9mph. 

The following event Ida clocked a stunning 6.885s making her the second quickest rider in Super Street Bike history at the time and it made the team the second team to ever get into the 6.8 second zone. 

Ever since her start in jr. dragster, at the age of 8, the dream was always to race Top Fuel dragster, a dream that never died during the years of racing other classes.

Ida continued to work on making this dream come to true, and by 2020 the goal was clear and she contacted RF Motorsport and Rune Fjeld - who is well known for being the best at licensing new drivers for the Top Fuel class.

Ida started her licensing at Bug Jam 2021 where she made all runs needed except for one full pass, she therefore returned to complete her license at the Euro Finals Shootout. At the Euro Finals the team got the full pass needed to complete her license and they did so in a stunning 3.862 seconds, the quickest licensing pass ever. With 3.862 seconds Zetterström rocketed into the number four spot of quickest Top Fuel drivers in Europe.

In the first official FIA Event of 2022 Ida and the team set a new European record of 3.782 seconds and by that, they where the first team to ever clock a 3.7 second pass in Europe. 

In the second race of the 2022 season Ida and the team found themself in the winners circle for the first time in an FIA Championship event, as they took home the Top Fuel win at Tierp Arena
 

In December 2022 Ida was acknowledged on Drag Illustrated prestigious 30 under 30 list, highlighting the most influential young people in dragracing.

At the first event of the European FIA Championship at Santa Pod 2023 Ida and the team reset their own European ET record with a 3.773s pass while also taking over the new European Speed record of 321mph. Ida and the team then went on to win the event. An impressive start to what came to be a very impressive season with 4 Top Fuel wins and the overall 2023 Top Fuel Championship victory.
 

"I'm Incredibly proud of my #RFMotorsport team and our partners for the performance we have shown this year; loosing only one round all year, numerous nr 1 qualifiers, running consistently and taking home the European Records for both Speed and ET and the overall Championship victory"

In 2023 Ida announced her move from the European FIA series to compete in the NHRA Mission Foods series together with JCM Racing. Making her NHRA Top Fuel debut in 2024. 

“This is a unique opportunity to bring a talented rising star into the world of NHRA Drag Racing,” said JCM Racing team owner, Joe Maynard. “We’ve followed Ida’s success on and off the track for some time now. She obviously has the skills it takes to excel in Top Fuel. Plus, she understands the importance of social media and how to utilize it to benefit partners. She’s the full package. I believe Ida has a bright future in NHRA Drag Racing, and we’re thrilled that she’s making her U.S. debut as a member of our JCM Racing organization.”  

Top Fuel Dragster

Category: Top Fuel 
Series: NHRA Mission Foods series 

Horsepower: 12.000hp

Engine size: 500 cubic inch

Fuel: Nitromethane

Team: Racing for Team JCM Racing

DRDB Position: 1st 

2023 Results: European Top Fuel Champions with RFMotorsport

Career-best elapsed time: 3.773 s (Santa Pod Raceway, 2023)

Career-best speed: 321 mph / 516.62 km/h (Santa Pod Raceway, 2023)
European ET and Speed record holders with 3.77s and 321mph, first team in the 3.7 second zone in Europe 

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Super Street Bike

Brand: Suzuki Hayabusa

Category: Super Street Bike

Series: FIM European / EDRS PRO Nordic
Horsepower: 750hp

Fuelsystem: Fueltech 

Turbo: Xona Rotor turbo

Engine Builder: Kim Hilander

Tuner: Arttu Heinälä

2020 points finish: 1st Finnish Championship

2019 points finish: 1st EDRS PRO Championship

2018 points finish: 7th EDRS PRO Championship

DRDB position: 10th of 332

Career-best elapsed time: 6.885 s (Kauhava, 2020)

Career-best speed: 215.55 mph (Kauhava, 2020)

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