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Flaming Lips’ “First Lady” racing the Gumball 3000


OKLAHOMA CITY — Mrs. Wayne Coyne is joining the line-up for the 14th annual Gumball 3000 Car Race and Rally.

The Gumball 3000 has been held all over the world.

This year, Michelle Coyne is joining three other women in car 116.

Two of her teammates having a racing license.

The Gumball started in New York City Friday, May 24 and ends eight days later in Los Angeles.

The race makes rally stops in several cities including, Toronto, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Santa Fe and Las Vegas.

About 100 of the world’s most beautiful cars grace the route.

More than 200 participants fly in for to the race.

Past and current “Gumballers” include Daryl Hannah, David Hasselhoff and Snoop Dog.

This year Michelle Coyne is joining in the fun, “It’s a crazy adventure for those of us who are doing it.”

Michelle Coyne is better known as Mrs. Coyne, wife to Oklahoma City Flaming Lips rockstar, Wayne Coyne.

Coyne is a rookie to The Gumball 3000.

Her team, tweeting with the Twitter hashtag #teamLiveBaitCar116, left New York City Friday.

They are live-tweeting their journey.

Coyne describes herself as a proud Oklahoman and said people are always surprised Oklahoma City is her hometown.

Coyne said, “People from other parts of the world, they know what New York is about and Los Angeles. They have an idea about Texas but they find Oklahoma sort of mysterious.”

Coyne packed her best Oklahoma City Thunder gear to cheer on her NBA team during the race.

“Anymore at Lips shows, we will have seas of people wearing Thunder shirts. It’s really exciting,” she said.

Mrs. Coyne plans on Thundering Up at every stop between NYC and LA.