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Last updated 1/24/05

Kat drove a Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the Busch Grand National Series in the USA.

News Update - - January 2005

Dear Race Fans,

It has been quite a while since I penned anything for this page. Since I retired from the sport in 1998 (2000 working within NASCAR back in NC), I moved back to the Toronto, Ontario Canada area and carried on with my life. Many opportunities presented themselves because of my involvement in sport, and the business world associated. Aside from my corporate life (being a venture capitalist) I enjoy, as always, golf, skiing, real estate hunting and the characters in my world.

In a manner of speaking I am still racing in my life, and although it doesn’t involve making a Chevy or Porsche do something it doesn’t want too at 180 mph, it is very full. I am fortunate to have raced, and fortunate to have the life I do now.

Please feel free to contact me at any time.


Kat's Notes - - A former downhill ski racer, 31-year-old Kat discovered a love for automobile racing when a knee injury sidelined her. She started racing in 1988 in Formula Ford 2000 before moving into SCCA and the Players GM Motorsports Series in Canada. Since then, Kat has been involved with numerous racing organizations such as the IMSA Factory Pontiac Team and has tested Busch Grand National cars and Craftsman trucks.

Kat's career goals have changed little over the past 10 years. Her main focus is to be successful in the Busch series, then move up to Winston Cup. Kat says, "I love auto racing, I really do. There is nothing more wonderful. I'm following my passion of cars, racing, and the understanding of them."

In the meantime, Kat's limited 1998 schedule will let her keep her "Rookie' status into 1999 when she'll compete for Rookie of the Year.

Here's some quick Kat Facts:

Birthday: Dec. 25, 1966
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario - Canada
Residence: Charlotte, NC
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 145

Before going into racing, Kat wanted to be a writer. In fact, she wrote numerous short stories and poems as a teenager in the style of Edgar Allan Poe. Kat's favorite book is John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany upon which the recent movie Simon Birch is based.

Kat's Tech Notes - - Roof flaps (roof air deflectors) have become a common part of Busch Grand National racing. There is only one approved manufacturer and the installation procedure is the same for all makes of cars. They are simple to install and easy to inspect because there are no electronics involved. The roof flaps are deployed when the car goes into a spin with sufficient force to lift the flaps. During inspection, they are checked to make sure that it takes no more than 2 1/2 pounds of force to lift the flaps. When deployed, the flaps create turbulence in the air, the airflow is slowed, increasing the downward air pressure on the car, eliminating the lift factor, and keeping the car on the track. The forerunner to the roof flap, still in use today, is the strakes on the right and left sides of the roofs. This small 'fin' runs the length of the roof and down along the rear window. When the car goes into a spin, the strakes disrupt the air flow, engaging the roof flaps quicker. She raced in the Atlantic series in 1991.

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