Around here at AskPatty, we adore Shea Holbrook. Not only is
she an incredibly talented Pirelli
World Challenge racer, but she also works closely with Parent Project
Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the United States
focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and she’s currently raffling
off her own racing helmet to help raise awareness and funds for Parent Project
Want a chance to win Shea Holbrook's Racing Helmet, which is
valued at over $3,000? Buy a $20 raffle ticket at community.parentprojectmd.org/events/shea-holbrook
before October 5, 2013, and you could win her helmet after her last race at the Houston Grand Prix on that day.
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Art mimics life in Kristin (MK) Ducote’s newly released book "Naked
Paddock." In this novel Ducote’s main character and the events surrounding the
lead's life are very similar to what Ducote herself has experienced. Throughout
"Naked Paddock" there are many ‘true tales’ regarding a woman’s insights (and juicy
behind-the-scenes drama) that occur within the fast and flashy world of motorsports,
and nobody can tell it better than the wife of Le Mans driver Chapman Ducote.
Although Kristin Ducote grew up riding horses on a little farm in Florida, her humble (and very grounded) childhood and later adulthood helped to
train and prepare her to be the amazingly successful 30-year-old she is today.
Continue reading ""Naked Paddock" Book Review: Drawing from life as a race car driver's wife" »
By Erin Evernham
The slogan on my souvenir shirt reads, “To some it’s a
driveway, to others it’s a race course, but to Rod Millen, it is a dream.” Rod
Millen is one of the most accomplished hill climb and rally racers ever. After
Rod and his wife Shelly attended the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England a
few years back, they decided to create their own version of the event in Rod’s
home country of New Zealand. And they have done just that with the Leadfoot
Festival (as they named it): they have built from scratch a first-class event that
brings together classic cars, vintage motorcycles, old race cars, and
Continue reading "Erin Evernham Races at the 3rd Annual Leadfoot Festival" »
U.S. Pro Surfer and Pro Rally Star Team Up As Female First-Timers And
By Sue Mead
Casablanca to Essaouira, Morocco: It was no surprise that
pro navigator and rally driver Chrissie Beavis, 32, of San Diego, was
successful at the arduous and difficult navigation required of competitors in
the Gazelle Rally that brought
her team to an eighth-place finish out of 150 teams from 20 nations. After all,
the multi-talented Beavis has guided many celebrated drivers, such as Rhys
Millen, Tanner Foust, Ramana Lagamann and Seamus Burke to numerous stage and
overall wins, highlighted by a Pikes Peak win in 2005, a United States Rally
Championship win in 2006, and Gold and Silver Medals at the X-Games in 2007 and
2008. Beavis started campaigning her own Performance Stock Class car in 2005 in
the California Rally Series, and has also had class wins as a driver, with
several podium finishes.
Continue reading "2013 Ralleye Aicha des Gazelles Attracts Highest Number of U.S. Women Ever-and Nine Canadian Teams" »
By LeeAnn Shattuck, a.k.a. “The Car ChickTM”
We’ve all heard the old adage, “Beware the woman driver!”
Sir Stirling Moss even reiterated his own
similar opinion last week, only to be debunked by many women racers in the
profession. That normally insulting phrase took on a whole new meaning recently
at the the Doug Foley Drag
Racing School held at zMAX Dragway in Concord, North Carolina, where I met up with top NHRA
drivers, Brittney and Courtney Force, for a day of drag racing.
Continue reading "Why Not Drag Race? Girls Like to Go Fast, Too!" »
With 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.”
Continue reading "Erin Evernham, The Only Woman To Ever Win A World Of Outlaws Race, Asks Sir Stirling Moss, "Excuse Me, Sir?" " »
Inc., a website, blog, and online resource that serves as a safe
haven for women to connect with Certified Female Friendly®
automotive retailers, today announced that TrueCar.com's former
Senior Editor, Brandy Schaffels, would be stepping into the role of
Chief Editor for the AskPatty.com website and blog. A true car girl
at heart, Brandy
Schaffels has spent more than 25 years as a journalist supporting the
her new role as Chief Editor of the AskPatty.com Automotive Advice
for Women website and blog, she will create a variety of
informational woman-focused content on all subjects from car care and
maintenance, to lifestyle-related features, vehicle reviews, and
Continue reading "Brandy Schaffels, formerly Senior Editor of TrueCar.com, Takes New Post as AskPatty Chief Editor" »
Let's give a big cheer to Shea Holbrook and her
amazing presence representing women in the racing and automotive industry. Not
only is she a successful racer and longtime friend of AskPatty.com, but today Shea launched
a new website, www.SteelOvaryNation.com and
an accompanying #SteelOvaryNation hashtag campaign representing female drivers,
engineers, mechanics, fans, car, and motorsport gurus.
Continue reading "Racer Shea Holbrook Launches SteelOvaryNation.com" »
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
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
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.
are some of your biggest accomplishments in racing so far?
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.
Although southern California is celebrated as a sports car mecca, sport utility vehicles of every size and type were among the biggest hits at the
2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show. More than 40 different brands parked their new models and concept renditions on the ‘red carpet’ at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as 50 new vehicles made their premier entrance or global debut. The LAIAS is among the most significant shows in annual big-city show season in the U.S. and the home of the Greater Los Angeles Auto Dealers Association (GLANCDA), the umbrella organization for local and regional dealers. The LAIAS is followed by 2013 auto shows in Detroit (January), Chicago (February), New York (April) and other cities across the nation.
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