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May 07, 2015

Denise McCluggage, the First Lady of Racing, dies at 88

Denise_McCluggageIt is with deep sadness that we share the news of the passing of Denise McCluggage, an American auto racing driver, journalist, author, and photographer, yesterday at the age of 88. McCluggage was a pioneer of equality for women in the U.S., both in motorsports as well as in journalism, and she broke ground for the many female racers and journalists who have followed after her.

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April 14, 2015

Women Power: The 2015 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles

 

When the dust settled, this all-women’s rally drew the greatest number of teams—and wins—ever from the U.S.

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By Sue Mead

It’s the only rally for “women-only” and the toughest all-women’s sporting event in the world. I learned about it first from my dear friend Emily Miller, a true entrepreneur with talents that range the gamut from being an accomplished off-road racer to running a PR firm that provides sports marketing and helps build brands. Miller placed 21st that year and returned for two more rallies, placing 11th and 2nd consecutively.

Since, she has been the U.S. team trainer for the legendary Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, known as the Gazelle Rally in the United States. Miller is mentor and an ardent cheerleader for the off-road rally, encouraging other women from all walks of life to participate in this “life-changing” event that takes place in southern Morocco’s majestic and challenging landscape.

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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 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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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

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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 TrueCar.com, Takes New Post as AskPatty Chief Editor

Brandy_Schaffels_AskPatty_Headshot-1AskPatty.com 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 automotive industry. 

In 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 news.

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