She grew up in her dad's workshop, spending hours at the
racetrack with her family, as her father raced classes such as pro
stock and pro modified or worked with other race teams, and the
track became her favourite place.
At the age of 8 Ida started racing Jr Dragsters, at 16 Ida got
her Super Comp Dragster license. In 2017 Ida started racing in the
class Super Street Bike, the European version of the US class Pro
Street Bike. In 2019 the team competed in the Scandinavian
championship with a new bike, known as Lucky #13. Starting the
season of good setting several personal bests and qualified top 3
almost every race of the season. The third race in the championship
ended with the teams very first win, making Ida the first woman to
ever win in the Scandinavian Super Street Bike class. The
final race of the year ended with a second place finish in the
event and the team also stood as the overall winners in the
Scandinavian championship, making Ida the first woman to ever win a
Super Street Bike championship.
In July 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 and without wheelie bars, doing so at 6.985s and
205.9mph. The following race Ida rode a stunning 6.885s making her
the second fastest rider in Super Street Bike history at that time
and it made the the team the second team to get into the 6.8 second
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 who is well known for being the best at
licensing new drivers for this class. 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.
And she is only getting started, and is one to watch!
Here are some key points that I would advise you to concentrate
It is ok to work in a career that doesn't set you world alight,
to cover the costs of living while you work towards making your
passion your career.
Your age, race, gender etc do not define you, limit you or
dictate what you can do in life, you can do whatever you choose to
pursue in life.
What environment you are raised in, helps shape what your kids
are into, what they resent, what they enjoy and so on. Choose
wisely as a parent, encourage not force, introduce them to lots of
different experiences,let them develop their skills and interests
and encourage them to find their own path in life.
You are not the same as your parents, you siblings or your
friends. Society does not get to tell you what to do in life. You
get to choose what you do. Your life is yours to live.
Drag racing is open to all, gender-allowed roles and sports are
being removed thankfully, chase what excites you in life.
Do not let fear hold you back, even if it looks scary. Ida got
more injuries doing gymnastics when compared to a supposedly
dangerous sport like drag racing.
No matter what sport or activity you do, you are an ambassador
for the sport even as a hobbyist - you represent the physical,
mental and emotional benefits that the activity offers, people
listen to your experiences of it and consider it from what you say.
Use your experience to encourage others, to bring them into the
love of participation in the activity.
If there is not a path for someone like you in your preferred
course, activity or sport, make one! Ida is always breaking records
and chasing the next 'first' she uses these as a motivational tool,
rather than a block. Just because someone hasn't done it before,
its not the end for you, be the first to do it!
Ida uses the smalls wins to motivate her to push herself
further and achieve new feats in the sports.
It might be harder to do your sport or activity depending on
your physicality, so you should seek a good trainer to teach you
how to prepare in the gym, on the equipment to be more efficient,
to mentally prepare etc. It is OK to ask others for help, and bring
in experts to improve your performance.
Social media is becoming an integral part for all athletes, at
any level, as it lets you get promoted to others in various
platforms, connect with your fans, use as leverage to source
funding and sponsors etc.
Treat your team, support staff etc like family, share in the
spoils, enjoy the time together, the modifying of your setup etc.
No matter if you win or lose, the time sent together can be the
best memories regardless of the result.
Ida works hard every day to improve her performance. You can
work on your reaction times, get healthier, more cardio, build
strength, analyse performances to find fixes etc. There is always
something you can be working on to improve. Enjoy the journey of
working towards perfection, you will never get there but the
journey is always more fun than the destination.
Again, you don't need to know it all. You can start with no
experience, there are many coaches and experts you can work with to
develop your skill set etc. Never be afraid to ask for help,
guidance along your journey to be a badass.
Trial different styles and methods on your training, and look
to see what works best for you. For example - Training ... at night
or morning? See what results you get with the different options and
analyse the results. Build a strategy and system of working, so you
are as prepared as possible to compete etc.
Control the aspects of your sport etc that you can control and
let the others just happen. You know what will come such as the
kick off, start up procedure etc. Let them become something you do
automatically and instead use the will power and brain energy on
what you can control.
What gets measured gets managed. Use analytical tools to record
data on your performance and other factors. Once you know your
starting points, you can then work on how to resolve issues,
improve on areas and plan a schedule of training and work to become
The fear will always come, you will always fear it when doing
something new, competing in front of people etc. Expect it, accept
it, even give it a name and it loses it power over you! Build a
routine of things you can do when not competing that lets you deal
with the fear, such as listening to music, meditating, speaking to
fans etc, find your own individual methods to suit your own
Learn the risks but do not be controlled by them. Ida knows the
risks. Shes had accidents and seen others have them too. Her love
for the sport is stronger than the nerves. Control what you can,
control the aspects you can so you are as safe as you can as
possible when you take part.
Ida likes to find faults, as she knows she can not dwell on the
mistakes, it is something she can fix, something she can work on,
to improve her performance. Be proactive to improve yourself rather
than beat yourself up. Perfection is not possible.
No connection is ever a bad thing. They can be a client, a fan,
a team mate, and so much more. Learn how to connect with
businesses, people and so on. You will be surprised how people you
meet can help you grow and evolve in various ways.
Share what you like and find interesting on your social media,
your fans will find you and connect. Share all sides of it, what
you find interesting, others will. People buy into your
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