Gearhead Girl and Team O’Neil driver Keanna Erickson-Chang recorded the first win of her rally career with veteran co-driver Ole Holter calling the pace notes in this weekend’s New England Forest Rally! Keanna shows us how it is done on the course and on the podium.
Learn what tips Aurora Straus, first lady of Monticello Motor Club, uses to be one of the safest drivers both on and off of the track. At a mere 14 years of age, she’s already on the fast track!
Aurora Straus at the 3 day Skip Barber race school, December 2012
Some experience it as an adrenaline rush. A few have compared it to an out-of-body experience. For Amy Mills, the moments before any race are ripe with anticipation. To temper her excitement, she jumped on the track at Lime Rock Park in advance where we caught up with her leading up to the SCCA Regionals last summer. Continue reading
Even in a world where every driver wins and no one gets a trophy, vintage drivers are as competitive as anything. Peggie Barten is no exception. She runs a Triumph Spitfire against Corvettes, Mustangs and Chevrons that completely out-horsepower her, but she loves to zoom. Continue reading
Renee Dupuis got a taste of the track when she was four years old, and doesn’t have any conscious memories of it. Her parents had bought a quarter midget, and her passion took it from there. Last April, she became the first – not to mention only – woman on on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, and this year she hopes to uphold her reputation for top-ten finishes.
I was introduced to the sport of auto racing at a very early age. As a youngster, my mother would take me to Stafford (Stafford Motor Speedway – Stafford Springs, CT) to watch my dad race in the Street Stock division. We would go to Stafford on Friday night and I remember spending time sitting in the driver’s seat of his car on Saturday mornings – while the car still sat on the trailer from the night before.
My first introduction to sports car racing came to me as a pre-teen girl when I read “The Red Car”, written by Don Stanford in 1954. The SCCA was dragged into the story of a teenaged boy in Colorado who lusted after the MG TD that belonged to the rich kid in town. I realized that this club was real, and as soon as I was grown and out on my own that became one ofmy first goals – to find SCCA, which I later found was referred to as The Secret Car Club of America.
Racing is a sport that allows me to push my limits and escape reality for twenty heart pounding laps; my name is Katie and I am a twenty-five year old spec Miata racer. I was born in rural-one stop light in the wholetown-Connecticut, needless to say there was not much to do. Since I was young,I have spent the majority of my free time around cars and animals, the two things I loved most. My passion for competition and speed began with horsebackriding at age 5, a sport I pursued for twelve years. I learned focus and drive and developed a love for individual based competition.
I write the “Revvin’ in SEDiv” column for SportsCar Magazine. The SE Division I write and photograph about includes the Daytona, Sebring, VIR tracks, etc. Plus Solo, Rallycross, Hillclimbs, and every aspect of driving, wrenching, and volunteering for SCCA. (As an outdoor writer and photographer, most of what I cover is kayaking, hiking, fishing, etc.)
My motorsports history began just four weeks after I was born, thanks to my dad. He was the first full term RE of the South Carolina Region-SCCA and was originally a rally driver and corner worker. My mom often served as a corner worker and rally navigator as well. I went to my first race, the Chimney Rock Hillclimb, in April 1981 (I turned 29 years old in March). My dad took a long racing hiatus after my birth, but we still went to the track all the time. I swear sometimes that I grew up among Road Atlanta’s red clay hills and kudzu covered trees (previous to Panoz’s involvement).