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Karen Salvaggio and Factory Five Racing

Published Apr 21st 2008, 7:37pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Karensalvaggio Thunder Valley Racing’s Karen Salvaggio joined up with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) for the season-opener at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California, held on March 9-10. Salvaggio is driving for Factory Five Racing, and competed again 40 other racers. She drove in Race Group B, which was one of the larger groups of the weekend, and the division for Camaro-Mustang Challenge Cars, American Iron and American Iron Extreme cars.

Salvaggio was able to pretty much pick up where she left off last season, she posted a quick time, and in fact she set a new track record in the qualifying session, securing the pole position. In the race, she led flag-to-flag to take the checkers.

The car was really hooked up, and felt like it was on rails. Kudos to my fellow Cobra drivers on the great run. They are all outstanding racers, and they sure kept the heat on the entire race. I could tell Dave (Standridge) was giving it all he had, and I knew he was there the entire race, but I was determined to drive clean, race hard, and bring the victory home.”

This is Salvaggio’s third season racing Factory Five Challenge cars, and looks forward to making herKarensalvaggio2 2008 season as exciting as last year. In 2007, she racked up five pole positions, garnered right top-5’s, and won two races. Salvaggio and her team also took on the biggest endurance racing challenge in North America by competing in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in December 2007. “Enduring rain, wind, and snow, the team completed more than 1400 miles under racing conditions, and proved they were up to the test. “

Salvaggio hits the track next in the Infineon Challenge at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. In February, setting another track record, and bringing home an equally impressive podium finish (second place) in EO Class in the 2.5 hour endurance race. The team finished seventh.

In addition to her racing duties, Karen heads www.thundervalleyracing.com . Since her youth, she has enjoyed a love of motorsports,. By day-job as an elementary school principal in Southern California.

Her racing career began in the early 1980's, while she was in the U.S. Air Force. She spent nine years as an aircraft mechanic, working on B-52's and KC-135's in the US, in the Philippines, and in Japan. It was during that tour that a friend at Castle Air Force Base in Central California offered to let her drive his stock car at a local dirt track.

It took only a week for Salvaggio to purchase her own car and she has been racing ever since.

Check out Karen and her ride at: www.ffrchallenge.com



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