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November 13, 2015

SEMA and AAPEX Goes Female Friendlier in 2015

SEMA-AAPEX-LV-563There were many more women oriented leadership events for those attending AAPEX and SEMA 2015 than any prior year. Standing ovation to the convention planners on making this happen. Was so refreshing to see the growing support and highlighting of so many amazingly talented women!

Here are some highlights:

AutoTexPinkBcamCause-Marketing panel during AAPEX  hosted by Wexco Industries / AutoTex Pink in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation

​Jody DeVere, CEO of moderated the panel on Cause Marketing during AAPEX in Las Vegas hosted by Paula Lombard and AutoTex Pink wiper blades. Executives from the National Breast Cancer Foundation participated as well AutoTexPink CEO Paula Lombard, Quick Chadwick of Tire Pros, Amy Mattinat current President of the Car Care Council Women's Board and more.

The AutoTexPink Wiper Blade program raised $270,000 in support of breast cancer research and program to date.

The SEMA Businesswomen’s Network’s mission is to provide networking, education, and recognition opportunities for professional women in the specialty-equipment industry, which will enhance their careers and positively impact the growth of the entire automotive aftermarket.

The SBN Women Driven Education Program—Newly created for 2015, this program captures networking, education and community in one event at the SEMA Show.

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September 09, 2015

Jill Close Continues Harley-Davidson’s Outreach to Women

Jill_CloseBy Jo Ann Holt

Jill Close, who has been with Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee for three years, heads up the company’s women’s outreach program. 

Jill says, “Women have always been part of the Harley-Davidson brand, and we’ve been marketing to them for decades.  Our efforts and those of our dealer network have intensified over the past several years and go beyond advertising to include more experiential elements like Garage Party events, Harley-Davidson Riding Academy, a section of dedicated to introducing women to motorcycling and the H-D brand (, the JUMPSTART simulated riding experience, and our women’s outreach booths at major motorcycle rallies like Sturgis and Dayton Bike Week.  All of these allow women who don’t ride opportunities to sample the brand and the riding experience on their terms.”

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August 31, 2015

Fun M&M'S Commercial Spoofs NASCAR Favorite, “Days Of Thunder”

Mm-days_of_thunder-leadApproved for all chocolate lovers by the Motion Picture Association of America, M&M'S® is celebrating the return of M&M'S® Crispy candies and welcoming Kyle Busch back behind the wheel of the M&M'S® Crispy Toyota Camry with a short video homage to the legendary NASCAR-themed movie "Days of Thunder" – with a Crispy M&M's twist. It doesn't matter whether you're a fan of NASCAR racing in general, Kyle Busch specifically, enjoyed the original film, or are just hungry for some M&M's, there's sure to be something here to satisfy your thunderous desire.

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June 16, 2015

Women in Automotive Conference Taps Industry Thought-Leaders for Inaugural Conference

WIAlogoThe first-ever Women in Automotive Convention will draw upon top female success stories as it assists the automotive community in recruiting, retaining, and developing female employees and leaders. Women make up just 17% of employees at auto dealerships according to NADA – and organizers of the conference are working diligently to raise this number, beginning with this event.

The conference is set for Tuesday through Thursday, August 18-20, 2015, at the Ballroom at Church Street in downtown Orlando, Florida. The three-day conference includes a recruiting event, speakers, breakout sessions, workshops, and booth displays – all centered on the goal of educating and inspiring women in all areas of the automotive industry.

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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.


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 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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