Race Series: Grand Am Cup, ST Class, pro racing
in a Mazda RX8- for Roar Racing
Introduction: For Susan, racing became a dream
at age 17 when her dad bought her a Corvair Monza
convertible, four on the floor. The dream was put
aside until at age 56, she attended a racing
school. Everyone asked her if she was afraid to
drive. She replied "Yes I am afraid I will get
hooked." She did, and has raced at every
opportunity since June, 2002.
Susan began in open wheel racing, and in 2005,
she won 4th in the Skip Barber Southern Regional
Masters Championship, and 11th in the Overall
Championship. She is the first woman to not only
race a Masters Regional Championship Race, but also
to win a First Place at Summit Point. She raced
SCCA and NASA events also where she won First Place
in a Formula SCCA race, and two third place
Finishes in a Renault Spec Racer. She has now moved
to a sports car with the Mazda RX8.
Current Season: This season, Susan is racing in
the Grand Am Cup series driving for Roar Racing in
the teams No. 26 Performance Coaching Mazda
RX-8. Susan is being sponsored by her company,
Performance Coaching, where she and her husband
help clients "Find the Zone" in whatever they want
She saved the day at her debut in Daytona in
January when she and her crew chief refused to give
up when the RX-8 was disabled early in the race.
Working feverishly in the garage with much prayer
and a lot of heart they restarted the car; and
although 11 laps down, she nursed it through
another 25 laps to bring it under the checker.
Racing Goals: Susan wants to race as long as she
can, but her goal is just to experience the sheer
joy of doing it. When asked what she loves most
about motorsports, Susan smiled and commented,
I just want to go like the wind! I love
racing and the feeling I have every time I strap
into the seat.
Personal: Susan has lived a multifaceted life.
Using her B.A. in Art, she enjoys architecture,
interior design, and photography. With her Ph.D. in
Behavioral Science, she practices counseling with
her husband of 27 years. She also enjoys working
with Performance Coaching to help individuals
achieve their goals in athletics, academics, and
life. While Susan takes what she does very
seriously, she does not take herself too seriously.
Her smile and laughter are infectious to those
Special thanks to Ray, her lifetime hero and
partner; Roar Racing and its founder, Nick
Gurucharri, for the opportunity to race and for
providing construction, preparation, and trackside
support; Performance Coaching for sponsorship, and
mostly God, for life and health and fulfilling a
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