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April 16, 2013

Erin Evernham, The Only Woman To Ever Win A World Of Outlaws Race, Asks Sir Stirling Moss, "Excuse Me, Sir?"

ErinEvernhamWorld Of OutlawsWinnerWith all due respect to Sir Stirling Moss and all his racing accomplishments, I respectfully disagree with his latest statement in which he said just a few days ago, “The trouble is, when you’re racing, it’s pretty tiring. We had three-hour races in those days. You needed tremendous concentration. Now races are only one hour and 10 minutes… We’ve got some very strong and robust ladies, but, when your life is at risk, I think the strain of that in a competitive situation will tell when you’re trying to win… The mental stress I think would be pretty difficult for a lady to deal with in a practical fashion. I just don’t think they have the aptitude to win a Formula One race.”

Danica-patrick VLYes, everyone has a right to their own opinion, but to me if you are going to make such a bold statement it should come with some evidence or hard facts as to why you believe this. Show me a neurological study somewhere that supports your case. Maybe it’s my red headed temper or maybe it’s my engineering mindset, but this statement comes across as quite sexist and irrelevant without any strong material to back it up.

Being the only women to ever win a World of Outlaws race, I feel the need to share my view on his statement. Yes, I realize F1 cars are night and day to winged sprint cars but they still have over 900 horsepower and only weigh about 1200lbs and are considered by many one of the toughest types of racing around. Three time NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion and former IndyCar Champion, Tony Stewart said this about his first laps in a winged sprint car, “I was like a dishrag after I did those laps. I don’t think I even took a breath the entire time I was out there. I could hardly stand up when I got done. I still can’t believe these guys do this and do it so well.” He also said, “Of all the cars I’ve raced, the winged sprint car is the one I’ve struggled with the most.”

Katherine legge VLNow, granted, since then Stewart has gone on to win a handful of World of Outlaw races but this is my evidence that winged sprint cars are one of the most challenging forms of auto racing. And wouldn’t you know… a not so “robust” woman (me) had the “aptitude” to win a World of Outlaws race.

There are many women who have won races in major forms or motorsports. Danica Patrick has proven women can win in the IndyCar Series and in my opinion will someday prove a woman can win in NASCAR. Katherine Legge won three races in the Toyota Atlantic Series which was the feeder series to Champ Car at the time. Alice Powell just recently won two races in F3 Cup, a development series for Formula One. And many women have won races in the NHRA.  I am sure there are more notable winners I am leaving out, but this list should prove there are plenty of women with the capability to handle the “mental stress” in a “practical fashion” to win races!

So, excuse me Sir Stirling Moss, a woman has not yet won in Formula One, but I just don’t think anyone can say that we don’t have the “aptitude” and above are my reasons and hard facts as to why I respectfully disagree with you.

-Erin Evernham

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