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April 16, 2010

Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival - April 16 brings you all the news from the fierce, femme-fatale's of motorsports.

Sweetie girl Sweetie Girl Racing, the first and largest Canadian all-female car enthusiast team, was established in 1999.

Women are now having a remarkable influence on what was once a totally male-dominated sport. Far more than just a car club, SGR is a group of strong female role models and is a diverse organization committed to educating, participating, and fostering personal growth in its members and the community.

Kellywilliams Kelly Williams continues to hold car care clinics for women all over Canada.

A ladies car care clinic is a tool for the shop owner develop a good relationship with your customers. 

It teaches customers the importance of preventive maintenance and why it is important to keep their car in good running condition.

Most recently, Kelly became the host of Mechanical Chicks, which airs weekly on the Global Television Network.

This year, she is also acting as an expert panelist on Canada’s Worst Driver, a new television series on the Discovery Channel.

Graham Rahal’s deal with Sarah Fisher Racing has been extended.

Rahal will drive for Fisher at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 18. Fisher will pilot the car at Kansas on May 1.

Milka IZOD IndyCar Driver Milka Duno completed Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park with a 24th place finish in her third new non-oval IndyCar race of 2010.

"We've all been working really hard and I can't say enough about Dale Coyne and his organization," said Duno. "We started this season with a severe handicap with regard to the amount of pre-season testing we were able to do on non-oval courses -- so we're doing our best to overcome that," said Duno.

"We made a decision to focus on preparing the car for the race, and not so much on our qualifying set-up, and it was a good decision for us. We've still got Long Beach  ahead of us -- and we'll be working very hard for that race as well."

Danica_Patrick_Indy Danica Patrick didn't have the best weekend at the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

”I think it’s going to be tough to pass,” said Danica Patrick after qualifying. “You’re going to be lucky to see any really, maybe into turn 5, the hairpin — maybe. There might be some accidents. Maybe there will be bumping while you’re trying to do it. Pretty big corners, but the rest of the track is going to be follow the leader. That’s my opinion.”

It was tough for her.

She struggled all weekend, finishing 19th -- right where she started.

Sonjaambrose Sonja Ambrose, wife of driver Marcos Ambrose, knows how hard it is to have her husband on the road.

She employs the use of SKYPE and other new communication technologies to stay in touch when she takes their children to Australia for the summers.

“It does help greatly, it really does,” Sonja said. “It really closes the gap. We’re not so far away from each other, really. We can hop on there and chat freely and see each other and carry on and make jokes and do all those fun things together. That makes things a lot easier.”


by Linda Przygodski
Contributing Writer

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