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March 15, 2012

Record-Breaking Woman Race Car Driver Dr. Audrey Zavodsky Inducted Into Sports Faith International All Star Hall of Fame

Sfhof1Dr. Audrey Zavodsky - Record breaking woman race car driver with 50 podium finishes,F16 pilot and Ford Executive - was inducted into the Sports Faith International All Star  Hall of Fame Sunday, February 26, 2012 at Carmel Catholic High School, Auditorium One Carmel Parkway, Mundelein, Illinois.

Audrey Zavodsky, Ford Motor Company corporate nurse, is responsible for working with the company's corporate physicians and clinical operations to help oversee the medical needs of employees in 30 plants nationwide.

Zavodsky began her career with Ford in 1993 as a part time nurse. Prior to joining Ford, she served as vice president, Angela Hospice, and as the director for a large area hospital.

Sfhof2In addition to her responsibilities on Ford's medical staff, Zavodsky is aprofessional race car driver. She uses her racing experience to help keep Ford employees and race courses safe by emphasizing safety and the use of safety equipment at all of the company's proving grounds. Some of her major racing accomplishments include: women's Global GT Champion, SCCA Regional Champion (9 states), first certified female Hi-Performance driving instructor by the Bondurant School, Panoz GT Pro wins, Panoz GTS win, SVTOA driving instructor, Ford Motor Company proving ground Tier-3 driver, several IMSA wins, first "2 women team" to finish the 13 hours of VIR, and class winner at the 24 hours of Morosso.

Zavodsky also serves as an environmental ambassador and a motivational speaker. She recently was honored by the state of Michigan Senate for her leadership at Ford. In addition, she is actively involved in Ford'sProfessional Women's Network, one of ten Employee Resource Groups available to employees in the U.S. She also has been honored with numerous awards forher contributions to educational institutions and is an honorary United States Thunderbird, having flown the F 16C.

Zavodsky received a bachelor of nursing degree in 1980 and a master's degree in administration from Madonna University. She received a Ph.D. from Fielding University in Santa Barbara, Calif. She currently is serving as aboard member of the National American-Arab Nurses Association, serving as a spokesperson for Ford Motor Company's Driving Skills for Life program andas a spokesperson for Dynatek Mustangs.

The Sports Faith Hall of Fame was created in 2008 by Sports Faith International in order to recognize and encourage excellence in sports and in the Catholic Faith. By providing a forum for the inductees to sharetheir personal stories and accomplishments, the organization’s hope is many will be inspired to aim ever higher.

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