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September 11, 2014

Could Shea Holbrook be the First Female to Win a Pirelli World Challenge Championship??

Shea_Holbrook_celebrates_victoryWe’re keeping our fingers crossed that Shea Holbrook will make history when she races this weekend. Currently second in the TCA championship, just 36 points behind point’s leader Jason Wolf; if she wins, she will be the first woman to win the Pirelli World Challenge Championship.  

When Shea Holbrook hit the track at the SCCA World Challenge Pro Racing in 2010, she was one of the youngest female drivers in World Challenge history, finishing sixth in the series as a rookie driver.  

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October 02, 2013

Hurry! Here’s your chance to WIN Shea Holbrook’s Racing Helmet!

Shea-Holbrook-and-her-racing-helmetAround 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 Muscular Dystrophy. 

Want a chance to win Shea Holbrook's Racing Helmet, which is valued at over $3,000? Buy a $20 raffle ticket at 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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August 23, 2013

"Naked Paddock" Book Review: Drawing from life as a race car driver's wife

Naked-Paddock-Book-CoverArt 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.

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June 21, 2013

Erin Evernham Races at the 3rd Annual Leadfoot Festival


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 motorsports legends.

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April 23, 2013

2013 Ralleye Aicha des Gazelles Attracts Highest Number of U.S. Women Ever-and Nine Canadian Teams

U.S. Pro Surfer and Pro Rally Star Team Up As Female First-Timers And Place 8th!

By Sue Mead

Ralleye-Aicha-des-GazellesCasablanca 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.

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April 18, 2013

Why Not Drag Race? Girls Like to Go Fast, Too!

LeeAnn-Shattuck-drag-racing-at-ZMaxBy 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.

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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.”

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March 25, 2013

Brandy Schaffels, formerly Senior Editor of, Takes New Post as AskPatty Chief Editor 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's former Senior Editor, Brandy Schaffels, would be stepping into the role of Chief Editor for the website and blog. A true car girl at heart, Brandy Schaffels has spent more than 25 years as a journalist supporting the automotive industry. 

In her new role as Chief Editor of the 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 news.

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March 20, 2013

Racer Shea Holbrook Launches

John R. Walker_Mosport8Let'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, but today Shea launched a new website, and an accompanying #SteelOvaryNation hashtag campaign representing female drivers, engineers, mechanics, fans, car, and motorsport gurus.

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March 01, 2013

Dominique Van Wieringen: An Up and Coming Female Racer

534265_454280681279537_1398817498_nIt 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.

Dominique in carOn 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 victory laneDominique 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!!

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