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Shannon McIntosh is no ordinary girl

Published Jul 10th 2008, 2:56pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

Shannon Don’t mistake Shannon McIntosh for just another girl.

While some girls were busy shopping for shoes and worrying about the color of their lipgloss – Shannon was worried about where she was going to race on Wednesday nights.

"I took her to a race when she was about 4 years old, and she loved it," said her father, Tim McIntosh. "So I bought her a quarter-midget when she was 5, and we haven't stopped."

Quarter-midgets grew to micro-sprint cars, and now she wheels a 360 Sprint car.

"My friends really don't understand what I do or what it means to me," Shannon said. "I want to be a full-time race-car driver. I want to go to NASCAR, but right now I just need to get experience."

How did you get into racing?
I don't have any racing history in my family, but my dad was always interested in it. When I was 4, we went to a local Quarter Midget race and I was hooked. A funny story that my parents always tell is. We were at the race and I was nowhere to be found. They looked and looked and finally found me sitting in the stands all alone watching the races! I wanted to race so my parents bought a Quarter Midget and there's been no looking back!

What are you racing this year?

This year I'll be racing 360 Sprint cars at local dirt tracks in Ohio such as Limaland Speedway and Waynesfield Motorsports Park as well as Dirt Late models in Illinois. We also may do a few Ford Focus Midget races with USAC.

Coming_soon What is your proudest accomplishment in racing?

Winning the Brennan Kaylor Memorial race at Lawrenceburg Speedway in 2004 was one of my proudest accomplishments. It was an honor to participate in a race held in memory of a boy who loved racing and was given the chance to race the same race (at FunFest) the previous year.

Who are your racing heroes?
Tony Stewart. The fact that he can and will drive anything under the sun and be fast in it is awesome to me. I love his 'say anything' attitude and raw talent that has made him the one-of-a-kind driver that he is.

Have you ever thought about joining NASCAR's diversity program, or exploring stock cars?
Yes. My goal is NASCAR and I do want to eventually get into stock cars. The NASCAR Drive for Diversity is a great program!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I'll be 28 and by that time I plan to have a few years in stock car racing under my belt. In 2018 I hope that you'll see me breaking barriers as a woman and a driver in NASCAR and possibly other types of racing as well!

Do you have any interests outside of racing?
I'm very into fitness and health. I spend much of my time at the gym doing various sorts of exercise from cardio and weight training to yoga and kick boxing

Lindapic_noman2 by Linda Przygodski
Contributing Editor

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