A Family Man And A Soccer Mom.
Rob Korn and Lori Francis.
So what are these two people with traditional values doing on a dragstrip? Racing Harley Davidson motorcycles, Screamin Eagle style. From the dynamic logo to the precision machine, the Screamin Eagle Team is a crowd pleaser. The crowd loves noise with speed so when Rob Korn or Lori Francis performs a Harley Davidson burnout, a trademark rumble erupts into the stands, the ahhhs of the crowd echo back. When either inch to the line, more noise and speed are about to please. America's favorite name for motorcycle is a welcome entry in the competition on the fast track.
We caught Rob and Lori during a rain delay and had time to question these tandem members of the Screamin Eagle team. We asked Rob the questions first, because Rob was closest to the pit path where media interviewers lurk. Lori stepped forward to answer our questions:
Do you have a nickname?
Who are your Heroes?
"My dad. He raced Harleys."
What are your scariest moments?
"Crosswinds are terrible. I'm too light."
Do you work out?
"Yes, I do. Couple of times a week on my upper body."
Do you have a special diet?
"Junk food. Sweets."
What mental routine prepares you for each run?
"I go through my entire run couple of times. From the fire up to the finish line."
Do you have time for a hobby?
"Softball. And I'm a soccer Mom. I have three kids, a boy and two girls. 13,14, and15"
Many motorcyclists ride to unravel, what do you do to unwind?
"I don't believe I do unwind."
What personal quality (one trait) would you want your fans to admire most?
"A normal American girl, a person."
What's most important?
1.Fame 2.Money 3.Thrill/fun 4.Winning
"Thrill and the fun and winning. I got a taste of winning last week!"
Are you happy?
What could make you happier?
"Ride a perfect race."
If you could change one thing about motorcycle drag racing, what would it be?
"I don't know."
When driving a car, do you always wear a seatbelt?
2. Yes. 2. No. 3. If yes, really?
WHERE do you find the most peace in your life?
"Peace is at home with my family."
WHEN do you find the most peace in your life?
"Every night after 10 PM."
Do you have a full-time occupation?
"I assemble wheels for Harley Davidson."
You're a skilled racer…What one factor, what one reason separates you from the fast traffic on smooth public highways?
"I hate speeding tickets."
"I feel honored that they (Harley Davidson Screamin Eagle team) chose me to ride for them. I'm going to do the best job I can."
We enjoyed talking with both down-to-earth members of this Screamin Eagle team. Lori sees herself as a typical mom, but we see skills in her racing efforts that are far from typical. Because of her dedication and diligence, we chose one word in hopes of describing this combination of humility and determination:
But then we huddled up, and decided to simplify Lori's word:
Go to the Rob Korn interview