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Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival October 4th

Published Oct 4th 2007, 5:47pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles takes a twirl through the motorsports landscape this week to see what's happening with some of our favorite fun, fearless women racers. From Tennessee to Iran, has all the news from around the world!


Ashley Force is having a life-defining year. She is America's Hottest Athlete and with that comes the kind of fame that allows her to guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. In an interview with The Driving Woman, Force talks about her family's A&E reality show, Driving Force, the tragic death of her teammate Eric Medlen and being chosen AOL's Hottest Athlete over Tom Brady and Danica Patrick.


Behind the wheel of a race car, Iranian driver Laleh Seddigh has to put up with all kinds of verbal abuse from her male counterparts. But that's not stopping her from becoming a national phenomenon.

Nicknamed "Little Schumacher" Seddigh is trying to rise above her countries archaic ways. "Resistance from men does not bother me," Seddigh said."Once I get on the track I like to use my technical skills, take control and dominate the other drivers."


Congratulations to Trish Dover for finishing fourth in the Knoxville Mid-States 305 Sprint Championships last weekend. Dover was the only female competitor in the field. "It had been almost four weeks since I’ve raced and it was great getting back in action at Knoxville,"  Dover said. "In the two 305 races I ran we were very competitive and racing with the 360s I feel has really improved my reaction time."



Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship points leader Leanne Tander has been nominated for the 2007 CAMS Motorsport Personality of the year award. Tander is one of 11 drivers, from most major championships in Australia, to be nominated for the annual award that is voted on by fans via the CAMS website.


Arin McIntosh traded in her racing helmet for a tiara last week when she won the title of 2007 Persimmon Festival Queen. An accomplished sprint car racer, the 18-year-old McIntosh can now add beauty queen to her list of undertakings.

“I am very excited, and very surprised,” McIntosh said seconds after walking off the Main Street stage. “This is very different. I am not used to wearing a fancy dress.”


Gillett Evernham Motorsports is proud to announce that Mac Tools will again be the primary sponsor of the No. 98 Mac Tools Dodge driven by Erin Crocker in the ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.

"I’m really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the Mac Tools Dodge Charger," explained Crocker. "We have had a lot of success with Mac Tools on board so I’m optimistic heading into Talladega this weekend. At the beginning of the season we were able to start on the pole at Daytona and with the superspeedway cars that Gillett Evernham Motorsports is capable of producing and with the support of our friends at Mac Tools, I know our chances of getting a top five finish and quite possibly our first win are high."

Peggy This week the Richmond Times-Dispatch explores the differences among the performance of women in auto racing's top divisions. Winning is what makes the difference and the ladies of the NHRA are the leaders in the world of racing. They eclipse the much hyped Danica Patrick handful of women competing in NASCAR.

"Being a woman brings you a certain notoriety, but when you get past that, it's about winning races," NHRA driver Peggy Llewellyn said. "When you put the helmet on, no one knows you are woman. When you competing at this level, it's not a hobby. It's about winning."


Deborah_renshaw_smile_2 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 in the ARCA/ReMax Series event on October 5th at Talladega Superspeedway broadcast live on Speed. Check out Deborah’s website at and her new interview with Pretty Tough Magazine.

Whew! What a wild week it's been for the ladies of racing! Check back next week when takes another trip around the globe to keep you up-to-date on all the fantastic women in auto racing.


by Linda Przygodski
Contributing Editor

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