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.
Continue reading "The 2012 Los Angeles International Auto Show: Automakers Keep the Sport in Sport Utes" »
For my first ever car media launch
experience, Buick and AskPatty invited me to Louisville, Kentucky to
see the unveiling of the new and improved Buick Enclave and the brand
new Buick Verano Turbo.
Let’s just say that if all launches
are like this, I sure hope I get invited to many more. Everything
about this event was organized and professional. From the travel
arrangements to the accommodations to the presentations, it was all
“First Class”. There were about 24 or so media members including
me at this particular event. It was a two day event but really they
get everything in in about a 24 hour time period. The hotel, the 21c
Museum Hotel they chose was very artsy and modern. The lobby and main
floor consisted of one art gallery after another. A really neat
concept. The hotel was located in the heart of downtown Louisville
just a block or two from the famous Louisville Slugger Museum and
Factory. (So of course I ran down there to fill my Louisville
touristy obligations )
Continue reading "Buick Brings me to “Lou-a-ville”" »
is a must check out for any Kasey Kahne fan and also a must check out
for anyone who is looking to drive a new Chevorlet!
supserstar Kasey Kahne, Hendrickcars.com and Farmers Insurance have
teamed up to give one lucky individual $35.000 towards a new
Chevrolet. This event is called “Farmers Insurance Start Your
Engines Sweepstakes”. The contest runs for 8 weeks and ends on
raced for Kasey Kahne a few years back in my racing career and also
having been a teammate of his, I know this event will not disappoint.
Just by entering, everyone who enters will unlock six “hilarious”
never seen before videos of Kasey. I am sure some of you have seen
some of Kasey’s acting in years past in national television ads.
His shy quiet demeanor and good looks make for a great combination.
is one of the largest online retailers for used cars. They have at
any given time up to 5000 cars from their network of Hendrick car
dealerships. Mr. Hendrick who is the man behind the car dealerships
as well as the NASCAR team Kasey drives for, is an incredible person
and business man who does everything first class. I could almost
guarantee the winner(s) of these sweepstakes will be treated above
and beyond their expectations!
enter these sweepstakes just go to the Famers Racing Facebook page
and select a key. Every player can enter once a day, every day. Just
by entering you not only get to unlock the funny videos, but you also
have the chance to win an instant prize of either a $25 or $50 gift
certificate god towards Kasey Kahne souvenirs at the NASCAR.com
know I am going to enter just to check out the “hilarious” videos
of KK and of course at a shot to win lots of money to put towards a
For a better explanation of how these
sweepstakes work, Kasey and Farmers Insurance have made a promotional
video. Check it out at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2gKEcZtj4U.
To make a long story short, I went to PRI (Performance Racing Industry) in 2007 and realized that if I wanted a life in motorsports… I had a very long way to go since I didn’t grow up with a racing background. My father had me work the room exchanging as many business cards as I could but most importantly making a real connection with motorsports
professionals. No one, and I mean no one, wanted to speak with me and I was a fairly confident young girl! Then I began to realize that maybe it was because I was a girl that no one wanted to talk to me? Needless to say, the first day of the convention was terrible for me. The last two days I adopted a new communication style. I patiently waited for someone’s attention and finally jumped in saying, “My name is Shea Holbrook, I’m a 16-year old aspiring female racecar driver. I’m going to be a pro one day so we should know each other. Here’s my business card.” The first time I did that my heart literally sank to my stomach! I got people’s attention and from there on in I realized that if I didn’t make an opportunity happen I would never make it in this industry.
Over the past few years I’ve come to realize how wonderful and passionate “racing” people are but also how cutthroat and demanding this industry can be. Racing has completely possessed every ounce of my body, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Continue reading " “Fear is a state of mind, Will is an action taken.” " »