Tell us a little about yourself?
Hi, I’m Rathyna Gomer. I’m 24 years old and I began drifting in 2010. I started off drifting in a 2007 Nismo 350z with simple modifications such as coilovers and a welded differential. I stayed on that setup for about two years.
In 2013, I took the year off to build a more competitive car. I bought another 350z chassis, it is fully caged and I am dropping in an LS3. When all is said and done, the car should be putting out about 420 HP and 400 Torque.
In the meantime, I have launched my brand – Not A Kitchen. The site and brand is here to advocate gender equality within motorsports. It serves as a vessel for women competitors to feel empowered and reach their desired goals.
At what age did you start racing?
I started drifting at the age of 20. I did not have much racing experience beforehand. I had spent some months prior to my drifting career doing a little Time Attack,
but nothing excessive.
What’s your latest racing accomplishment thus far?
My latest racing accomplishment first resides in my decision to build a professional and competitive drift car. Now, I am equipped to take on Pro-Amateur Drift series across the West Coast in the U.S. I have competed in the Pro-Am series before and in other local events. Most have been for fun, but in one competitive event I earned the title and trophy of “Best Drifter of the Day”.
In your spare time what would we find you doing?
In my spare time, I don’t do too much. My life consists of work and school for the majority of the week. On the weekends, my preference and joy is spending my time with friends and family, eating delicious food, and playing video games. I also writing, so I work as a drifting journalist on the side.
What is the highlight of your racing career?
The highlight of my racing career was during my first Pro-Am competition. I had spent almost a year practicing by myself and I was terrified to go out, drive in front of other amazing driver, and compete. To my surprise, I was able to keep up with the pace and I did not embarrass myself.
What advice do you have for aspiring drivers?
My advice is to believe in yourself and make small goals along the way so that you won’t become discouraged. I know it may sound cheesy or a cliché, but I have learned that is the complete truth in success. I spent many months mentally beating myself up because I wasn’t performing at a personally satisfying level. I discouraged myself from improving because I believed I wasn’t a good driver.
However, one day it clicked – whatever I say and think about myself will reflect on the track. From that day onward, I made it my goal to just be a little bit better than I was the day before that. Success is nothing but a mindset. If you believe you can be the best driver, road racer, or rally driver in the world, you’re already one step closer than the guy or girl who thinks they’ll fail.