On August 26, 2012 we added our 2,000th woman to
the directory of
girls and women who have raced or currently race
against boys or men. We made it to 2013 before
of 2,061 Women Who Race Against
Men - are
you on it?
- Engineers Kate
Gundlach, Andrea Mueller Are Making Their
Next Women Drivers of NASCAR, IndyCar, F1, NHRA,
Grand Am, ALMS (Video)
- ARCA: Jennifer
(FIA) - Women & Motor Sport
11 of 70 mushers in 2014 were women.
4 of 10 mushers in 2014 were
over the wall.)
- List, by state, of over1000 great places to
ride your dirt bike, ATV or UTV. Also,
- SCCA Pro
Jamie Berndt, Megan Hydutsky, Maija Liimatainen,
Megan Thornton, Sarah Whitaker
55 women drivers since
1930-2011, 4 from the US: Margie
(1989, 1991), Liz
(2005-2007), and Andrea
10 Best Women Drivers - 2:50
- AIM -
Committed to identify, train and manage emerging
- Other web sites that feature women
Women's Motorsport Network
(AWMN) supports women in motorsport and the auto
industry and our current focus is on drag racing
training for women... as the most popular choice
of motorsport in Australia for women. we call
these days 'Girl's Torque'.
12 Hour - All woman team.
- a forum to discuss issues pertinent to black
drag racers that often aren't adequately
represented in drag racing.
Women Racing Drivers Club
encourage and promote women in all forms
offers a prize-winning video, "Fast Women,"
featuring Janet Guthrie and other women
- Famous women motorcycle riders of today,
include Samaire Armstrong, Brigitte Bardot,
Victoria Beckham, Cher, Catherine Bell, Courtney
Cox, Molly Culver, Joan Jett, Angelina Jolie,
Wynona Judd, Queen Latifa, KD Lang, Alanis
Morrisette, Pink, Niki Taylor, Tanya Tucker,
Charlize Theron; Chae An, a well-known
sportswoman and Lauren Hutton, who is the first
vice-president of the Guggenheim Museum
Motorcycle Club. Since the 1900s, women
motorcyclists have continued to break down
gender, stereotypical and cultural barriers by
being inspirational role models and enabling
women worldwide to become courageous in their
own aspirations to ride. Women motorcycle riders
continue to encourage the growth of the
motorcycle industry by teaching them the skills
they need to ride safely, as well as
contributing to the demand for motorcycles and
riding accessories designed for female
consumers. While none of these women race
against men, it is an example of how the image
is changing which, hopefully, will encourage
more girls and women who have the desire to ride
on the front, not just the back of a motorcycle
make that switch.
Racing Association for Women
- The Drag Racing Association of
Women (DRAW) is a non-profit organization that
provides financial and emotional support to
qualified individuals involved in drag racing
accidents at a track. From 1985 through 2008,
DRAW provided a total of $3,117,317 in financial
assistance to 639 racing families. In 2008,
financial assistance totaled $247,500. No one
receives a salary and all office work is done
from the homes and businesses of the volunteers.
Anyone, including racers, team owners, sponsors,
track owners, manufacturers, fans and more can
become involved in DRAW. DRAW has remained
strong throughout their existence due to the
generous participation of volunteers and
contributors who loyally support them. DRAW's
motto is "Fast Help For Fast Friends!"
for Diversity, E-Mail
Muffs - Wear Them! - your
FRN was founded by Amanda Martin and Chris Rhoad
to fill a void of sort in the racing industry.
There was no site dedicated to news just about
just the women in motorsports that was regularly
updated.. Hence FRN was born! Updated almost
daily with news from all over the world FRN is
dedicated to reporting the news about any women
in any form of motorsports. Great job!
an incomplete list of "Firsts" that
women have accomplished when participating in
races against men:
1 - Not really much to say about this
neanderthal group, from our perspective
The Formula Woman Concept was launched in 2003
into the male dominated arena of Motorsport. As
the first UK driving Championship exclusively
for women it met with mixed reviews - except
from the women it was designed to appeal to!
Launched at the Autosport show at Birmingham NEC
in January of 2003 it proved to be an area that
hadn't previously been explored thoroughly as
applications to take part in the competition
Meet eight girls who are driving some of the
hottest, fastest cars on the planet. From a
quarter mile in less than 5 seconds, to twelve
hours of pur endurance racing. Biography
- The ultimate
racing resource for girls, sponsors racing
events designed just for young women, introduces
them to female role models, and supports their
early racing careers.
to Get Your Daughter Started
Over 100 women listed have participated in this
1,100 mile race on a dog sled. 22 women competed
the 2008 race and slightly out-did the men
overall.16 raced in 2009, and 15 in 2010 and
First Full Track
Uniting women riders worldwide. Through stories,
rants and raves, wins and loses, we are uniting
women motocross racers from around the world!
Located out of Dallas, Texas, USA we feature
women riders, advertise upcoming race series,
give you news and opinion pieces and keep you
involved in what we all love...motocross.
Ultimate Motocross Lady Track Check-List
Women have been pioneers in female motorcycle
riding since the 1900s, and more women continue
to become involved in riding either as a
recreation or in professional racing. According
to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC), one
out of 10 motorcycle owners are female, and
there are approximately 4.5 million women
riders. Famous historical women motorcyclists
promoted riding by proving to be gender and
cultural revolutionaries, and paving the way for
women today to enjoy the freedom of riding and
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Motorcycle, SCCA Autocross, Motor Sports
- The ultimate source for news and beautiful
pictures of the hot, sexy, awesome women who get
on two wheels and go fast. E-Mail
- ALMS racer Liz Halliday writes a
periodic column for
- Online Motorsport Directory for the Racing
Industry. Categories for all areas of
Motorsport. Also, twitter.com/RaceDrive
- gives female race car drivers in the U.S. a
chance to better compete against their male
counterparts by providing funds for equipment.
Currently support racers in the following
series: NASCAR Sprint Cup NASCAR Nationwide,
NASCAR Camping World Truck, IndyCar, ARCA, World
of Outlaws, ALMS and NHRA.
An enthusiast's automotive site, with articles
on a wide range of topics; lists many women
- Race Schedules: 2009,
- Race 2
for a Livin' - Fifty race car
driver's have been selected for an upcoming
racing reality TV show - Racin' for a Livin',
eleven of them women. 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. Three
women made the final 12 cut for Racin' for a
Livin' Reality Show .
- Lots of great places to get your
- SCCA Pro
- Dedicated to raising the profile of women in
all areas of motorsport, especially rallying. It
lists 258 drivers past and present and includes
a profile on 91of them.
101 - an
- Are you a Girl Racer or do you want to learn
more about racing, for fun or for a career?
Check out the links here to learn more about
racing series, trailblazers of racing, and other
racing web sites. Read articles about becoming a
professional driver and understand what you'll
need to get on the track. Also video.msn.com/v/us/v.htm?g=cc7b7e04-70e5-4c10-b2da-1c3eeb556b25,9dbc7367-7bfe-4a1f-8083-1dbe4188baf5,fbdf7a82-145b-43a2-b6b3-0eaadb329b69&t=m128&f=06/64&p=Fox%20Sports_Motorsports
is a comprehensive site for women racing
drivers--well worth a look.
- web site with many women racers. Track
Chic, Inc., 3535 Peachtree Rd, Ste 520-237,
Atlanta, GA 30326 or 678.534.8572 or eMail
Car Racing - All female team
Jetta TDI Championship
Auto Racers List ,
in Racing -
Lots of information
- Preview our new web site.
women in racing including their photo, web site,
E-mail and information, where provided. If you
are a woman racer and aren't listed, go to
and fill out the form. It's free. 5/10/08)
in Racing -
women over-the-wall and other race support
- Women of the NASCAR Nextel Cup -
No women so it remains a bunch of guys behind
the wheel of a bunch of cars driving around in
circles for hours because all of them are too
macho to ask for directions.
crash in NASCAR history.
of the NHRA - a
listing of women who have raced in an NHRA
National race during 2006 (As of 8/21/06) Women
who are entered in the 53rd National August 29,
2007 as of (8/23/07)
of the 24 Hours of Le
Lists 49 women
was originally founded by women tennis stars.
The site now has a speakers bureau and much
a resource for
- Women to Watch in
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Danica Patrick and the Top
12 Up-and-Coming Female Drivers in Motorsports
Over the past five years, Danica Patrick has
certainly paved the way for some up-and-coming
female drivers, but theyll have a tough road
to hoe without some stats and good looks to back up
Patrick didnt exactly set the world on
fire with impressive stats before landing an
IndyCar ride with Bobby Rahal.
But, she had magazine cover/model good looks and
the sponsors started to line up when the idea of a
race car driver with such sex appeal was
When compared to such female drivers as Simona
de Silvestro or Catherine Legge, Patrick
didnt score a single win in any other open
wheel series such as Formula Atlantic, unless you
go way back to her go-kart days.
None the less, Patrick has raised the awareness
that female drivers can get the job done against a
male dominated sport.
Here are a dozen up-and-comers that could very
well make a difference in the record books over the
Simona DeSilvestro: The Swiss Miss
This 22-year-old Swiss driver has shown in a short
period of time, that she is the real deal to
compete with the men.
Just watching her in car camera footage shows me
that she can manhandle this powerful open-wheel car
At the race in St. Petersburg, FL, DeSilvestro
gave seasoned veteran racer Tony Kanaan all he
could handle in the closing laps to notch a career
best fourth place. (Editor's
note: Tony used almost all of his Push-to-Pass to
stay ahead while Simona didn't. She had around 13
left at the end of the race.)
The Swiss Miss experienced racing in
Europe and America as a teenager with wins, poles
and numerous podiums.
This year, she is part of a one-car team with
much better backing than 2010. Id predict
several more top fives especially on the
Katherine Legge: She Can Get a Leg Up on
This English born 30-year-old driver has won
Formula Atlantic races as well as poles and
When competing in Champ Car series, she became
the first woman to lead a lap at a Champ car
She has driven various kinds of open and closed
wheel cars and is currently looking for something
full time. She also survived a horrific crash at
Road America with great spirit and bravado.
She is currently doing some sedan and sports car
racing looking for a better opportunity.
(Editor's note: The
subtitle doesn't fit. The excuse Queen seems to be
more appropriate. In their Atlantic rookie seasons,
Katherine was 25 (2005) and Danica was 19 (2003).
If it wasn't for her PR guy, or the big accident at
Road America, she would have gotten little
recognition in Champ Car. Katherine usually
finished near the back of the pack. Of 28 races in
2006-07, she finished closer to last in every race
than she did to first.
Her highest placement in
2006-2007 in Champ Car was 6th at Milwaukee in 2006
and 6th at Las Vegas in 2007 (when only 10 cars
were running at the finish in both races) and her
largest finish from last place was 13th when 18
cars finsihed or five positions from last (Portland
In 2006 she finished on
the lead lap once in 14 races to take 8th with 11
cars left at Long Beach. 2007 was better. She
finished on the lead lap in 5 of 14
Liz Halliday: A Sports Car Threat
This California-born driver has been a threat in
sports car racing, especially the American LeMans
series where wins or top threes awere the norm.
This attractive 33-year-old blond racer has the
time clock clicking against her for major backing
in any series.
Of all the current female drivers, she probably
has the most impressive record of wins and podiums
at venues such as Petite LeMans in Road Atlanta and
a win at the famous 12 Hours of Sebring.
Jennifer Jo Cobb: With as Many Teams as
She's Been on This Year, Suitcase Cobb
This aggressive American-born NASCAR racer competes
in the Camping World Truck series as well as the
Other than the sixth she notched in the opening
truck round at Daytona, she has struggled to keep
up with the Jones.
Her soon-to-be-fossil age of 37 is not helping
her overall goals of being a full time competitive
Shes only had nine starts since 2004 in
either division with an average start of 34th and
average finish of 40th.
Pippa Mann: Rocketchick
Now heres a pretty blond female 28-year-old
driver combo that is poised for much bigger things
in the world of racing.
This English-born, Indiana resident did very
well in Indy Lights, notching a win, two poles and
seven top 10s, which earned her a shot at the
bigs in IndyCar this year.
She is slated to compete in eight IndyCar races
this year with Conquest Racing including this
years Indy 500, thus becoming the first
British female driver to attempt to qualify for the
I will be keeping a close eye on this talented
driver with great anticipation.
Johanna Long: The Next SuperStar
This 18-year-old rookie driver may have the best
shot at competing in the Nationwide and Trucks
series over the next several years.
She recently won a NASCAR Late Model race.
Between her age, good looks and some luck on and
off the track, this combo may be the one watch
among the taxi cab set.
Maryeve Dufault: The Whole Package
This good-looking Canadian brunette is getting the
job done in both open and closed wheel
She started with motocross racing, then
progressed to open and closed wheel competition
with always a keen eye on go-kart racing to keep
Her latest two entries in this years ARCA
racing found her finishing 28th at the Daytona
opener, the result of a wreck followed by last
weeks run at Talladega where who started 39th
and finished an impressive 12th.
I recommend keeping an eye on this talented
driver who tends to eat and sleep anything
connected with racing.
Ana Beatriz: Brazilian Talent
This Brazillian young driver became the very first
woman to win not one but two Indy Lights races, an
oval and road course. Actively karting since the
age of nine with success could only help this girls
The 24-year-old talent started in IndyCars last
year with nothing much to shout about.
This year, the most notable footnote is her
broken wrist at St. Petersburg, sidelining her from
competing in Barber Motorsports Park.
The jury is still out on this potentially
(Editor's note: Bea
had six top 5s in her last year in IndyLights. Her
rookie IndyCar race was San Paulo last year where
she started 22nd and finished 13th.)
Alison MacCleod: (not MacCloed)
Winningest Female USAC Driver
The goldy-locks 22-year-old Canadian driver has
recently been dubbed the winningest female driver
in USAC history.
Since 1998, she has won in go-karts, shifter
karts and a host of Ford Focus and Regional Midget
Currently, she is looking to move into the stock
car set, more specifically ARCA.
Sloan Henderson: The Real Deal
This cute blond driver has been on a tear winning
Late Model races at her local short track in
The 18-year-old American driver could very well
be on a path to greatness among the taxi-cab
.with the right connections.
So far, she has captured numerous LM wins, poles
and top fives in addition to being named most
Sloan is self taught having raced and won in all
divisions entered from Bandeleros to Legends to
Late Models with numerous track records along the
Stay tuned as she could have the right
stuff to be a star.
Amber and Angela Cope: Cupie Dolls
Yes, their famous Uncle Derrike, Derrike Cope that
is, has brought these two stunning blonde beauties
among the stock car ranks, more specifically to the
truck series to see what they can do.
So far, they can look great in a driving
.and thats it. This could be a very
Teenage Girl Restores A
Car She Can't Drive
This young mechanic is rebuilding a Pontiac Fiero
ahead of her 16th birthday
One girl's passion for a project car has
inspired a whole community of gear heads. Kathryn
DiMaria was only 12 years old when she came to her
parents with the idea to refurbish a Pontiac Fiero.
The car hadn't been in production for 13 years when
she was born, but after spotting it at local
classic car show, she knew it was for her.
The fact that the restoration would allow her to
learn her car inside and out for several years
before actually getting her driver's license seemed
like solid reasoning to mom and dad. So using her
babysitting money they bought a rough, but drivable
1986 Fiero for $450.
Her dad hit the Internet message boards to brag
about his 'cool daughter' and her story became a
source of inspiration for other Fiero lovers. Even
though the pair aren't asking for help, assistance
from the community has been pouring in ever since
that first post. Members have followed the 2 years
of updates and pictures of progress and have helped
with their advice and even a few tools and
For her 13th birthday members of the forum even
sent her gifts just to be part of the build. When
the DiMarias had trouble with the bumper, a user
named James Schultz sent them some parts from his
side business Fiero Fiberglass.
"Kathryn helps motivate things. We think 'She's
gonna need this, let's make her something'" Schulz
told CNN. The shop keeps her thank you note hanging
on the wall.
Right now she's facing the biggest job yet,
rebuilding a 3.4-liter Camaro engine to replace the
2.8-liter that came in the Fiero. Now 14, she is
optimistic the car will be running by the time she
reaches her 16th birthday in 2014.
Ashley Phalen Killed in
Driving Experience Crash at Auto Club
A woman is dead after crashing a replica Indy race
car into a wall at the Auto Club Motor Speedway in
24 year old Ashley Phalen of Los Angeles was
driving the car as part of the " Mario Andretti
Driving Experience" at 9:32 a.m. Friday when her
vehicle slammed into a wall at a high rate of speed
and flipped over, according to the San Bernardino
County Sheriff-Coroner's Department.
Phalen was taken to Kaiser Foundation Hospital
in Fontana where she later died.
The "Mario Andretti Driving Experience" is
described by the company's official website as
being the "World's Fastest Driving Experience." In
the paid driving experience, members of the public
are allowed to drive replica utilizing "full size,
600hp, Indy-style race cars with open cockpits and
Editor's note: Many comments
following this story centered around condolences.
Here was my response.
The other possibility is that it
might have been the highest point in her life. The
adrenline rush, the euphoria. That's a draw for
many in extreme sports. Find where the limit is.
Ashley found that limit early. Another Ashley has
pushed the limit and lived. And she (Ashley Force)
hasn't stopped pushing the limits. I have a feeling
that if there is a heaven, this Ashley is enjoying
it to the fullest.
Garage Magazine #13
The "Chicks Rule!" issue features some of the
greatest women around with guest editor Shirley
VW Scirocco Cup:
Promising female racer to get free seat in
The Volkswagen Scirocco-R Cup is to offer one
promising female driver a fully-funded seat next
VW Motorsport has teamed up with the FIAs
Women and Motorsport Commission to offer the prize,
and has invited ten young hopefuls to test at the
Oschersleben circuit this week. Ginetta racers
Louise Richardson and Sarah Moore and Britcar racer
Jade Pavely are among the drivers being assessed,
having been nominated by the MSAs Women in
The UK is blessed with some excellent
female drivers, said MSA chief executive
Colin Hilton, and were starting to see
a growth in numbers coming in to the sport.
Weve nominated three of our leading
drivers and we know they will represent the UK with
Nominees will need to demonstrate both on-track
skills and classroom theory to earn the
scholarship. The successful driver will run in the
Scirocco Junior class for the full 2011 season and
should they finish among the top five in class
would automatically extend the contract for a
The Scirocco-R Cup enjoyed a successful
inaugural campaign in 2010, particularly through
its use of racing legend guest drivers
across the season.
Gundlach, Andrea Mueller Are Making Their
They'll probably never drive into a corner at 200
mph, appear in a Super Bowl commercial or make a
music video with Jay Z.
That's OK with Kate Gundlach and Andrea Mueller.
While they won't ever have Danica Patrick's
celebrity status or even the name recognition of,
say, Katherine Legge, the two behind-the-scenes
racing stalwarts know they're doing something
historic and cool in motorsports.
Gundlach, 31, is the only female engineer in the
IndyCar series who's on the timing stand and in
contact with the driver throughout a race. Mueller,
35, is the lead race engineer for Penske Racing's
No. 22 car in the NASCAR Xfinity series, and it's
no accident that the car has won the last two team
owners championships and leads the points this
Andrea Mueller is compiling the
résumé of a future NASCAR crew chief
but so far hasn't expressed interest in that
If you think it's no big deal in either case,
watch an IndyCar or NASCAR telecast on any weekend
and see how many women you can spot on pit road --
in any role, let alone leadership positions.
Gundlach and Mueller have key jobs, and they're
easy to point to as women who could one day lead an
IndyCar or NASCAR team, even if only Gundlach
aspires to that role.
The historical significance "never really
occurred to me before, but now that I'm stepping up
to that platform, I can see the significance," said
Gundlach, who grew up in Pennsylvania around her
father Tim Gundlach's vintage motorcycle racing and
earned a mechanical engineering degree from the
University of Pittsburgh. "Up until now, the guys
have treated me like a family member, so I've never
felt singled out. But then you look around and say,
'Hey, there aren't that many of us out here. OK,
this could be really something.' "
Gundlach seems to have the tough outer shell
needed to get there. A blue belt in Brazilian
jiu-jitsu who fends off the invariable sexism that
comes in a male-dominated sport by giving it back
("That's probably not the HR way of handling it,"
she admits), Gundlach blends in and has won a host
She admits she has to take a different approach
with what she sees or hears once in a while from
"You get things like, 'Don't you have a guy who
should be helping you do this?' " she said. "Or, 'I
can't believe these guys are standing here letting
you do this on your own' -- that kind of thing.
"I get a lot of looks and stares and
questionable faces when I'm walking through a
crowd. That can be distracting -- where people
continuously watch you as you walk by. I'm like,
'Man, come on.' I try not to wear any tight
clothing or anything revealing or anything that
would attract attention to me in that way."
Mueller also grew up around her dad's racing --
Steve Mueller was an engine tuner on Silver Crown
and sprint cars -- but after earning a mechanical
engineering degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo,
she became, well, a rocket scientist.
She did NASA-contracted work on the space
shuttle, doing postflight inspections and preflight
certifications. "The coolness factor of what we
were doing was very high; it was just the
day-to-day tasks that kind of wore me down on it,"
Andrea Mueller is the lead engineer for Penske's
No. 22 car in the Xfinity series.
All the while Mueller kept her eye on racing,
her first love. When her dad's connection to Sprint
Cup driver Ryan Newman through the Silver Crown
ranks helped her get an introduction to Penske
Racing, she made the most of it. She landed with
Penske in 2007, worked her way up to lead engineer
on the No. 22 car and over the last three and a
half years has helped that car win 20 races in
NASCAR's No. 2 series with a rotation of
"She has been amazing and a huge part of that
team winning a couple of championships," said
driver Ryan Blaney, who's sharing the car this year
with former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski and
Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano. "She's always
innovative, and that's something you have to have
if you're going to be an engineer on a top
Penske competition director Travis Geisler
points to Mueller as being the constant on a team
that has changed crew chiefs, car chiefs, mechanics
and a host of other personnel over the past three
years. "She has given us the continuity and kept
the team on track, knowing its history and what
we've done at different places," he said.
Mueller is racking up the résumé
of a future Sprint Cup crew chief -- no woman has
ever held the role -- but to date, her response has
been thanks but no thanks.
Her sights are set on being a Sprint Cup race
engineer, a role that would let her focus on
technical and analytical duties while the crew
chief calls race strategy. "Obviously, it wouldn't
be me making the final decisions, but the crew
chief and I are talking through every strategy as
the race is going on," she explains.
Geisler isn't convinced that Mueller won't
someday change her mind, noting she "has the
bandwidth, the work ethic, the mentality to achieve
any level she aims for." He says, "I think she
wants to stay focused on the highest level in that
position before she looks at that possibility. Once
she reaches that height, some of those thoughts may
change a little."
There aren't many women in the engineering ranks
of big league racing, but some of those who have
broken through have made an impact.
Alba Colon is the Sprint Cup program manager for
Chevrolet. Cara Adams is a senior project engineer
for Firestone and helped design the tires used in
this year's Indy 500. Leena Gade in 2011 became the
first female race engineer to win the 24 Hours of
Le Mans, and in 2012, she won the FIA World
Endurance Championship's "Man of the Year"
Former stock car driver Ashley Parlett, a hoot
if ever there was one in racing, has been a car
chief and suspension mechanic in the K&N Pro
East and NASCAR trucks series for several
Kate Gundlach practices jiu-jitsu to keep fit
physically and emotionally.
There's also Rossella Manfrinato, an Italian
engineer now working for Ferrari who Gundlach says
had a huge mentoring impact on her. And IndyCar
mechanics Jessica Mace and Anna Chatten also have
attracted attention for breaking through in their
roles. Chatten, a longtime gearbox mechanic, was
the first woman to go over the wall on pit stops in
2009, and Mace did that this year.
"They're all really hard workers," Gundlach
said. "Anna Chatten is phenomenal -- she's an
absolute mental giant. Jessica Mace is a good buddy
of mine. She has faced a lot more discrimination
than I have. She has gone through a lot, so it's
good to talk and have a network and push each
Gundlach has had no trouble pushing herself as
an assistant engineer for driver Charlie Kimball
under lead engineer Brad Goldberg. She has worked
feverishly toward her goal of becoming a lead
engineer -- IndyCar teams are led by a race
engineer and a race strategist rather than a crew
chief -- and by all accounts, she is on pace to get
"I'd love to be a lead engineer," she said."
That's what I want to do. That's what I remind
myself in the morning when it's the middle of
[winter] and I'm like, 'Why am I doing
this?' I'd like to make the decisions on the
She is described as a blend of intellect,
charisma and tenacity -- qualities Chip Ganassi
Racing managing director Mike Hull says are needed
in the "carnivorous" world of racing to achieve
longevity and credibility. There's also her
team-first approach: Her data analysis has not only
Kimball but also the three other Ganassi drivers:
veterans Scott Dixon and Tony Kannan and
20-year-old Sage Karem.
"Kate is someone who is really positive, really
driven, has a terrific skill set and a desire to
not only participate but also learn from the
mentoring group around her," Hull said. "That's
what makes a successful person in racing, whether
that person is male or female. We look at people
who can do all those things inside a system and
pull their weight."
Kimball, who says he bonds with Gundlach because
he too stands out, as the first IndyCar driver to
compete with diabetes, agrees.
"She definitely knows when to keep her head
down, keep the nose to the grindstone, but at the
same time, I really enjoy going out for a meal with
her after the weekend or [also] with my
engineer Brad, and we laugh and joke," he said.
"There are a lot of different elements to her.
She does that jiu-jitsu for fitness. Let me tell
you: There are very few people I would want in my
corner if there was a skirmish on pit lane, and she
and Brad would be at the top of my list."
Gundlach somehow manages to sound disarming when
she talks about how the jiu-jitsu gym is "a good
place to work out emotional problems instead of
holding them in" and how "it feels good catching
somebody into submission at the end of the day, it
Kimball laughs. "I'm always happy to tell Kate
stories because I do think she's an extremely
valuable member of the team," he said. "She is
doing something really different, and frankly, I
think it's really cool. I have a lot of respect for
people who break boundaries, be it gender or
VW Scirocco Cup: Promising female racer to get free
seat in 2011
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Ashley Phalen Killed in Driving Experience Crash
at Auto Club Speedway
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Three female racers left their mark on history
July 23rd competing together in NASCAR Camping
World Truck Series.
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For the first time ever, four women will race in
the Indy 500: Rookies Ana Beatriz, the fastest
female sitting 21st on the grid, and Simona de
Silvestro right behind in 22nd. Next is Danica
Patrick in 23rd and Sarah Fisher qualifed during
Sunday's Bump-Day activities in the 29th position.
Milka Duno did not make the field.
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Formula 1 will return to the U.S. in 2012 at a
race track built specifically for the event just
outside Austin, TX. It was last held at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2007 and was
previosuly run on such diverse tracks as Watkins
Glen and street circuits in Long Beach, Las Vegas,
Detroit, Dallas and Phoenix.
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Going into Pole Day, the two rookies lead the
field of women. deSilvestro is 15th fastest,
Beatriz is 26th, Patrick 28th, Fisher 33rd and Duno
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All five IndyCar women are registered for the
Indy 500: Milka Duno (ranked 23 from 5 races),
Sarah Fisher (ranked 28th from 1 race), Danica
Patrick (ranked 16th from 5 races) and rookies
Simona de Silvestro (ranked 20th from 5 races) and
Ana Beatriz (ranked 27th from 1 race.).
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Five Up-and-Coming Women Drivers Awarded Project
Plus, IndyCars sets their 2009
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The 2010 racing season is in full swing.. Don't
forget to up-date your free web page here at
WomenInRacing.org with your past accomplishments
and your schedule and results for the coming year.
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