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From: 26 Malvern Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23221 or 804-340-1977
Age: 36
DOB: 9-1-69
Ht: 5'10"
Married
Self-employed

Sunny Hobbs is an up-and-coming female professional racecar driver. Her ambition, talent and determination coupled with her camera-friendly and fan-friendly personality will lead her to success. Sunny's goals include competing in more ARCA races and/or Busch series events.

Sunny has diverse racing experience on oval tracks and road courses, sports cars and stockcars. Her stock car experience includes ARCA, IPOWER (previously NASCAR Dash), Late Model Stock Cars and Late Model Trucks. In addition to her stock car racing, Sunny has been racing in NASA and SCCA.

Sunny has gained valuable on-track experience by competing in her first two ARCA events in 2002 – Daytona International Speedway, the Discount Auto Parts 200, February, 2002, finishing 31st on lead lap and at Atlanta Motor Speedway, qualifying 19th (with no previous track time there) and finished 33rd, due to oil pump problem on lap 72.

For the last two years, Sunny had competed in NASCAR's Weekly Racing Series in a Late Model Stock Car at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, NC. The NASCAR Weekly Series is the country's leading program for weekly short track racing.

In addition to her stock car racing, Sunny has been competing in various sports car events sanctioned by the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and NASA (National Auto Sport Assoc.)with a recent win at Virginia International Raceway in the Valentine’s Day 200, a NASA endurance race, driving a Factory Five Cobra.

In 1999, Sunny was selected, after try-outs to compete in the WGGT (Women's Global GT), a series featuring the fastest women drivers from around the world in identical Panoz/Ford Esperante race cars.

In 1998, Sunny logged a partial season as a rookie in the Late Model Stock Car division of NASCAR Winston Racing Series at short tracks in Virginia. She raced the #32 Monte Carlo at South Boston Speedway, Langley Speedway and finished up the season at Southampton Motor Speedway.

She races NASCAR saloons and American Women's Global GT cars.

Sunny is an excellent spokesperson with television experience and ease in front of the camera. She participated in the Richmond area Public Library program, Race Into Reading, a summer goal-oriented program to encourage reading, for children of all ages. Sunny was also an advocate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Race for the Cure to promote awareness of breast cancer research and treatment, when competing as a member of the Lyn St. James Automotive Team. She attended the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program in Nov. 1995, which included seat time in a Spec Racer, IMSA Mustang and ASA stock car. Her hometown is Richmond, Virginia
Source: sunnyhobbs.com

In 2 career ARCA RE/MAX Series starts in 2002, finished 31st at Daytona and 33rd at Atlanta after qualifying career-best 19th. Veteran of NASCAR Winston Racing Series late models and Sportsman at Caraway Speedway, Southampton Motor Speedway, South Boston Speedway, Southside Speedway, Langley Speedway and Old Dominion Speedway since 1994. Tested 14th quickest in ARCA RE/MAX Series testing among 30 drivers at Daytona Int'l Speedway in preparation for her attempt at making the starting grid for Daytona in '02. Has also successfully completed Andy Hillenburg's Fast Track High Performance driving school at Charlotte as well as the Lyn St. James Driver Development program. Won an SCCA-sanctioned event in the Improved Touring A (ITA) class on the 2.5-mile Summit Point road course in Winchester VA in 2001. Also veteran of SCCA road racing at Rockingham and Mid-Ohio race courses. Placed 5th in points in Pro Truck Series division at Southern National Speedway '96. Earned a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington DC.

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Racin' for a Livin' - Sunny takes the 11th spot. 8/1/06
Sunny Hobbs has been selected as one of fifty race car driver's (including 10 other women) for an upcoming racing reality TV show - Racin' for a Livin'. The competition starts with Fans Voting Online to select the top 12 drivers. Only these 12 drivers, selected solely by fan voting, progress to the TV show. Then they compete in race cars, on different courses, judged by top drivers, crew chiefs and broadcasters. The winner receives a fully-funded and sponsored ride for a limited number of races in the NASCAR Busch Series. Please go to www.racinforalivin.com and show your support! Vote and Vote Often - you can vote as often as you like! Sunny

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Hobbs Ready for 12 Hour Race

Sunny will be racing this weekend as a member of the PRG Racing Team in the 12 hour Devil in the Dark road racing event at New Jersey Motorsports Park. PRG Racing Team with drivers Jon Goodman, AJ Gillum, Sunny Hobbs and Alan Olson have chosen to promote & raise funds for Mini’s Mission, a charitable fundraising program for pediatric cancer, during SCCA’s grueling 12 hour race. SCCA Endurance Racing has a long history and can trace its roots back to the legendary classics such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Daytona 24 Hours, & 12 Hours of Sebring.
Source: www.sunnyhobbs.com/new/?p=177

American University Alumna Sunny Hobbs Poised to Make Speedy Comeback


After years in the fast lane – literally – Sunny Hobbs, BA/SIS '92, put her career as a racecar driver on hold to start a family. But now that her twin girls are four years old, and her son is two, she is back on the track and looking forward to having her family cheer her on. But Hobbs knows it won't be easy: "It's tough. I think returning to a career is tough for any woman who has kids… but I think people go back to what they love, and that's what I'm trying to do."

Hobbs discovered her need for speed after graduating from American University with a degree in international relations. She was drawn to both the driving and engineering aspects of racing as well as the fierce competition. Hobbs explains, "It's extremely competitive. Everybody in the top five or ten at any track is a hundredth of a second off of each other in terms of speed… You're always on the edge."

She says her time at AU has helped her succeed. "The experience I had at American was such a positive one. It gave me the confidence to believe I could do whatever I wanted to do. Obviously, racing cars doesn't have anything to do with international relations, but I do think it makes me more marketable. It helps me in my sponsor search and in dealing with other people in sports," she says.

Hobbs also has maintained friendships with her Alpha Chi Omega sorority sisters. When she raced at Daytona Speedway, five of her sorority sisters cheered her on from the stands.

Staging a comeback is a challenge, but Hobbs is driven. "Last year, all I wanted to do was get back in a racecar, any racecar. It didn't matter where it was or what kind of track it was on. I didn't care. I just needed to get in a car, so I could say I had raced," she recalls.

During the past six months, Hobbs has been behind the wheel and searching for sponsors – a particularly difficult task in this economy for any professional driver. She recently raced at Old Dominion Speedway and placed second, along with two teammates, in a four-hour endurance race at Summit Point.

She also was back at the legendary Daytona Speedway recently to qualify for ARCA races – which she says is the NASCAR equivalent to baseball's minor leagues.

It's clear that Hobbs is making progress and loves what she does. "Racing requires your absolute focus. You cannot waver your focus for one second, or you'll make a huge mistake. And that's what I like about it – everything else just fades away."
Source: www.american.edu/alumni/success/Sunny-Hobbs.cfm

Hey Race Fans!


I had the privilege of testing an ARCA car @Daytona Saturday 12/17/2011 and it was awwwwesome!! We ran 2.5 miles in 50.617 seconds, that’s 177.806 mph. 3 sessions of single car runs. The seat fit like a glove, the downforce was sick, great grip on the new smooth surface and, of course, no lifting anywhere for incredible speed. Thank you Andy Hillenburg and Fast Track Racing crew.
Source: www.sunnyhobbs.com/new/?p=52

12.17.11 – Testing at Daytona


Sunny is set to test at Daytona International Speedway this Saturday December 17th in the #10 Andy HIllenberg Fast Track Racing ARCA car.

Summit Point EMRA race


AJ Gillum, Sunny Hobbs and Gideon Lenkey, teammates in the #163 Mazda Miata finished 2nd in the EMRA 4 hour twilight endurance race at Summit Point Raceway, a 2+ mile roadcourse. The team used this event as a platform to promote awareness and raise funds for Mini’s Mission, Burning Rubber to Help Another, which raises money for children with cancer. We had an exciting last few laps when we almost caught the first place car, but could not make up for one costly pit stop.
Source: www.sunnyhobbs.com/new/?p=74

Results


  • Experience in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, including Daytona International Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • Former winner at Road Atlanta in a Factory Five Cobra machine
  • Former winner at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in the Valentine’s Day 200, a NASA endurance race
  • In 2006, Sunny finished 5th in Points in Factory Five Challenge Series
  • Three years NASCAR Late Model Stock car competition at Caraway Speedway, South Boston Speedway, Southampton Motor Speedway, Old Dominion Speedway and New Smyrna Speedway
  • Sunny was selected, after try-outs, to race in the inaugural event of the Women’s Global GT, a series featuring the fastest women racers from around the world.
  • Winner of SCCA sprint race at Rockingham Speedway
  • Sunny is a graduate of Lyn St. James Driver Development program and also the Fast Track High Performance Driving School
  • Sunny started by racing in the Charger
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