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March 13, 2008

Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival - March 13th

March is women's history month, and what better way to celebrate than taking a look at what some of our favorite ladies in racing are doing.

Chrissy_wallace Another Wallace is set to make a name in racing.

This time it is 20-year-old Chrissy Wallace, daughter of Mike – who will serve as her sponsor.
She will make her NASCAR debut March 29 in the Craftsman Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway. Tapped to drive for a championship-caliber team, Wallace said she will drive five Truck races and five ARCA races for Germain Racin

Jamie_little The Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race has often attracted "super-celebrities," such as George Lucas and William Shatner, who command the spotlight during the race.

No such driver fits that super-celebrity bill this year, but there are some recognizable names in the celebrity field that was released on Tuesday. The celebrities will compete on Saturday, April 19, in one of the six featured races in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The ladies in the celebrity field are women's basketball analyst Nancy Lieberman and auto racing TV reporter Jamie Little.

California_speedway Beth Rice has been promoted to the position of dragstrip manager of the Auto Club Dragway at the Auto Club Speedway, Speedway President Gillian Zucker announced today.

“We are excited to have Beth assume this new position,” said Zucker.  “She has a great deal of experience, is well respected in the drag racing community, and is exactly what we need to help take the Auto Club Dragway to even greater heights.”

Rice becomes just the fifth woman to currently hold the position of dragstrip manager at a National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned track of which there are over 140 such tracks.

Janet A tribute to a fast and racey lady.  March is Women’s History Month.  Often unrecognized, there are major milestones achieved by American women who have made history, (12 of which broke ground as the “first female” in their achievements.)

One of these remarkable females is Janet Guthrie, who in 1977 was the first woman to compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500.  She was honored by the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and inducted in 2006, as well as the Women’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.

Nadia Nadia Ghammoudi – daughter of Olympic champion Mohammed Ghammoudi – is the organizer of the Butterfly Rally – and annual race for women in motorsports.

She is one of the first Tunisian female drivers, other women who competed were Hend Chaouch and Abla Lassoued in the cars category, and Hamida Seklaoui in motorcycles.

Katy_jackman Danica Patrick, Erin Crocker, Milka Duno...Those are just a few of the more recognizable women who drive really fast for a living.

Remember the name Katy Jackman, she's riding on the right path, or rather track to becoming one of the next famous female race car drivers.

She is a sophomore at South Effingham high school and she felt the need for speed two years ago.  She got involved with the Southern Kart Club thanks to her step dad, Scott Barksdale who was already involved in racing karts. 

Lindapic_noman2 by Linda Przygodski
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