Dominique Van Wieringen: An Up and Coming Female Racer
It is always fun for me to interview a fellow female racer and a very competitive one at that, who looks to have a bright future ahead of her! Just last year, Dominique Van Wieringen won the 2012 Super Late Model Championship at Springport Speedway in Springport, Michigan at the young age of 17. Dominique, who was born and raised in Ontario, Canada, started racing motorcycles at five years old and later transitioned into go karts which has eventually led her to the world of stock car racing.
Recently I caught up with Dominique via email. Here is some of the Q and A:
How did you
get interested in auto racing?
After my family and I got out of motocross racing, our neighbour introduced us to go-karting (the step before cars) and I loved from the beginning, then we set on car racing since.
What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced as a female in the sport?
Some of my competitors have been hard on me but there was a good level of respect from evergone.
On the other hand, what are some of the advantages to being a female in the sport?
Fans are easy to be around and I think the fans are comfortable around me.
What are some of your biggest accomplishments in racing so far?
Winning the Outlaw Super Late Model championship at Springport and raising over $1000 for the American Cancer Society.
What are some "girly" things you enjoy?
I do have a love for boy bands, crafts, fashion and the occasional chick flick.
Dominique seems mature beyond her years and definitely focused on making a name for herself in the stock car world. She is very well rounded, balancing racing while still in school and on top of that giving back to the community as she continues to raise money for the American Cancer Society. She has an easy to navigate website and is connecting with her fans through all the new social media outlets, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Looks to me like Dominique is well on her way to a successful career. Her long term goal is to make it to the upper echelon of the NASCAR ranks. Certainly one to keep an eye on as she makes her way!!
To learn more about Dominique and follow along with her career... go to www.dominiqueracing.com.