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Rebekah Mercadel Heating up Junior Dragsters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 25th, 2008 3:36pm

Rebekah Mercadel, or Beka to her friends, is a New Orleans native who now hangs her hat in Texas thanks to Hurricane Katrina. She is also a junior drag racer and pilots a Top Alcohol Jr. Dragster for Mercadel Motorsports. She is one of about 8,500 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) junior drag racers and one of a very few licensed minority top alcohol junior drivers in the country. With her dad and crew chief -- ...


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Hillary Will proves 'yes she can' at O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 14th, 2008 2:05pm

Hillary Will proved "yes she can" at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals in June, the ninth event of the 2008 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, in Topeka, Kans. Will won with a final round victory over Larry Dixon. "There's so many emotions because there were times where I thought, 'I can't do this. Maybe I shouldn't be racing. Maybe I don't belong in this fuel car,"' ...


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Peggy Llewellyn -- Racing goes on

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 27th, 2008 3:53pm

No matter what happens from here, Peggy Llewellyn has no regrets. After a break-out 2007 season, where she earned her first NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycles victory and finished fourth in the final POWERade standings, after a six year hiatus from the sport, Llewellyn was released from her ride. Former team owner Karl Klement gave Llewellyn no reason. She says she doesn’t really need one. Just a few weeks after ...


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From Dreaming to Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 21st, 2008 3:40pm

So, all your life you've dreamed of being a racecar driver, and now you think it's time to get behind the wheel. But where do you start? Well, unless your name is Earnhardt, Unser, or Andretti, you're going to need to roll up your sleeves, do your homework as well as some serious planning before you'll be ready to take on Daytona, Indy, or the World Rally Championship. If you're really serious about ...


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Dina Parise is Racing for a Cure

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 9th, 2008 7:00pm

Dina Parise is a 40-year-old married woman, former figure skater, hairdresser and drag racer. She has always had an interest in racing, Formula 1, NASCAR, you name it. Oddly enough, she never watched drag racing, until she met her husband Andrew ten years ago. After watching him race, she decided to strap in and give it a try for herself. She went to Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School, and got my ...


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Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival November 1, 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 1st, 2007 10:10pm

It's that time of the week again! Time to take a spin around the wide world of motorsports and see what some of our favorite fun and fearless females are up to! AskPatty.com has all the news. Today, seven women race regularly in the NHRA's top classes. But Peggy Llewellyn’s success in the sport is viewed as another barrier broken because she is the first African-American woman to win. "It ...


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Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival October 18th 2007

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 18th, 2007 5:05pm

Natacha Gachnang makes history by becoming the first female driver to race an A1GP Car. “The tests in Silverstone have been a fantastic experience and I’m very grateful to Max Welti for the opportunity he gave me to drive for the A1 Team Switzerland team. It’s interesting to get to drive a single-seater like the A1 GP car, one of the top racing cars in the world. "I will do my best to help the ...


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