Gaige Herrera Hired by Vance & Hines

Vance & Hines today announced the members of the Vance & Hines/Mission/Suzuki NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle (PSM) Team, which will feature four-time champion Eddie Krawiec and 29-year-old Gaige Herrera competing for the 2023 championship. The riders will be back aboard Suzuki Hayabusas tuned by six-time champion Andrew Hines.

No stranger to fast bikes, Herrera is a fourth-generation racer who has had success in Pro Street and Grudge racing with runs in the 6.30’s over 200 MPH.

Gaige on the Stoffer/Underdahl Suzuki at Indy in ’22

In 2022, Herrera competed in six NHRA events, his first taste of NHRA PSM racing. He qualified in four of the six races he entered. Herrera impressed the Vance & Hines team when he rode Eddie Krawiec’s Suzuki in a test following the Las Vegas round in October. You read about this on Eatmyink and saw this team foretold in the Eatmyink Facebook Group—THE home of breaking motorcycle drag racing news.

“This is such a tremendous opportunity,” said Herrera. “I never expected to get a call with an invitation to join the Vance & Hines team (even though Gaige and I talked about this in November….), and when I told my dad (long time drag racing fixture Augustine Herrera), he was as excited as me.”

“We love finding and supporting talented riders,” said Terry Vance, co-founder of Vance & Hines, who then referenced Krawiec. “We have another guy on the team that we hired before he had ever qualified for an NHRA PSM race. That worked out really well.”

A member of the Vance & Hines team since 2007, Eddie has accumulated 49 NHRA PSM wins and four championships (2008, 2011, 2012, 2017). He was the first member of the team to enter the Denso 200 MPH Club with a current top speed of 203.49 MPH.

“This will be my second year on the Suzuki Hayabusa and I’m ready for a big year for me and for the team,” said Krawiec.

Gaige on his nitrous Pro Street ‘Busa

Andrew Hines, a six-time NHRA PSM champion, leads the team as Crew Chief again this year. Andrew is the son of Vance & Hines co-founder Byron Hines and has notched 56 race wins in the PSM class.

“I watched Gaige’s first run at the US Nationals and immediately knew this guy was something special, he’s a long-time Suzuki rider and it was easy to see how confident he was on the bike,” said Andrew Hines. “I can’t wait to help him develop into a championship level rider in PSM on one of our bikes.”

Suzuki continues its partnership with the Vance & Hines team and will have a significant presence at several of the stops on the 2023 schedule. The Suzuki display will host rider autograph signings at most races and Suzuki’s 2023 motorcycles will be on display for race attendees.

“We’re happy to continue our relationship with the Vance & Hines squad for 2023,” said Kerry Graeber, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at Suzuki.  “We look to continue our shared history of success in NHRA drag racing and welcome Gaige to the team to pilot the legendary Hayabusa Pro Stock motorcycle alongside Eddie and crew chief Andrew.”

The 2022 NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle season begins at the Gatornationals in Gainesville FL March 9-13, 2023. The PSM schedule includes 15 stops in 2023 with the finale at the In-N-Out Burger Finals in Pomona, California.

story courtesy of Vance & Hines, photos by Tim Hailey

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