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Ask Patty Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival: August 23rd

Published Aug 23rd 2007, 3:39pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

This week is taking a trot around the motorsports world to check in with some of our favorite female daredevils.  We're checking in with who's making news and what topics are getting boos. From the uber-hot Tarah Geiger to why NASCAR is suddenly all male again, is checking out what in the world in going on!

2tg Pittsburgh area race fans are in for a treat August 25-26th. For the first time ever, promoters have added two new events to the weekend race menu: the AMA Open Invitational and the sixth and final round of the Women's Motocross Association (WMA). The WMA is led by recently crowned Amateur National Champion Tarah Geiger. She will be facing her long time rival, Jessica Patterson at Steel City Raceway.

Kirchberger Congratulations to 17-year-old, Ashley Kirchberger who has just clinched her fourth consecutive Queen Bee feature race at Holland NASCAR Motorsports Complex in Upstate New York.  While many female competitors choose to take on their male counterparts, Kirchberger has stuck to the Queen Bee class; which is strictly reserved for females. Now that she has gained momentum in that series, she is contemplating a move to a division where she can match her moves against the boys. You go girl!

Leilani_384x256_5Leilani Munter impressed in her Indy Pro Series debut last week at Kentucky Speedway. Driving the No. 57 Smart Papers/Lucas Oil Car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Munter grabbed a 16th place finish.

Her next event is set to be at the Indy Pro Series finale at Chicagoland Speedway on September 9th. is reporting that Ashley Taws unveiled two new pink "Barbie" race cars she intends to compete at Ontario Sportsman Series races and Super Touring Car events. "The Barbie at Wal Mart" Dodge Charger stock car and "The Barbie at Wal Mart" BMW E30 Super Touring Car are really something else.

"It's a pleasure and an honor to once again provide support to a young lady who epitomizes the Barbie ideal to "B Who You Wanna B" to young girls," stated Nilo Del Bel, Senior National Account Manager for Mattel Canada.

Danicap_2 According to a report in The Winston-Salem Journal, NASCAR appears to have stalled in their efforts to recruit women into any of the sport's top levels. Just two years ago, every manufacturer was in a battle to the death, as to who would be the first to get a girl into Victory Lane. But now, that fervor seems to have died off.  As Danica Patrick dazzles in IRL, testosterone continues to predominate at the Truck, Busch and Cup levels. Currently, there are no full time drivers in any of NASCAR's three main series.


Vote for Force at AOL. Ashley Force, the uber-hot daughter of John Force, reached the final round in AOL's hottest athletes pole. Force blew away golfers Anna Rawson and Paula Creamer, snowboarder Gretchen Bleirler, and even the IRL's girl du jour, Danica Patrica. The NHRA Funny Car rookie now has to face softball goddess Jennie Finch in the final round. is a 2007 proud sponsor of  the NASCAR No. 112 Chevrolet driven by the highest ranked professional female race car driver Deborah Renshaw.

Watch Deborah Renshaw racing on uTube by clicking here.

Whew! What a wild week it's been for our ladies at the top of their game! Good luck girls!


by Linda Przygodski
Women in Motorsports
Contributing Editor




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