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Women in Motorsports Blog Carnival: September 6th

Published Sep 6th 2007, 9:17pm by Jody DeVere in Featured Articles

This week it’s all about girl power. From fiesty Ashley Force beating out all other athletes (male and female) to take the trophy in AOL’s Sexiest Athlete to the women of Feisty Racing. is taking a spin around the global motorsports arena to see what’s happening with some of our favorite racer chicks.

Newshirley_5Shirley Muldowney is trying to change her aloof image. The drag racing legend reached out to try and bridge the generation gap by hosting a breakfast Saturday morning at O’Reilly Raceway Park. Among the nearly 50 attendees were drivers Hillary Will, Karen Stoffer and Ashley Force and Champ Car Atlantic Series managing director Vicki O'Connor. Many were meeting Muldowney for the first time.

"I miss it every day of my life," she said. "But when I see the ladies doing well, it's very gratifying. I can sit back on the sofa and be satisfied."

Ash1_4Ashley Force has won AOL’s Hottest Athlete Contest. Force defeated IRL’s Danica Patrick en route to the title. Force drives the Castrol GTX Ford Mustang in the NHRA for John Force Racing. After beating out the women, Force faced NFL hottie Tom Brady in the vote for who’s got the most mojo (male or female). Brady’s got her beat in the baby-daddy department, but not in the Hotness factor; Force swept the floor with the sperminator, to be voted AOL’s Hottest Athlete by 86%.

Betty_jean_2Betty Jean Gray knows how hard it is to be a woman in a man’s world. The female tool specialist has been selling parts for cars for 12 years. She is an Automotive Service Excellence-certified commercials parts specialist at Advance Auto Parts in Frederick, Virginia.

"But I get just as much respect, if not more than any other person. Believe me it was not easy at first. It is not easy being a woman in a man's world," Gray said. "You have to prove yourself. From there, the possibilities are endless."

Fiesty_racing_2Feisty Racing in the United Kingdom is giving new meaning to “girl power”. Feisty Racing is an all girl racing team which formed from a group of female racing friends in Bemuse club racing during 2004.

Feisty aims to encourage women into motorcycle racing with the help of ladies who already race. Feisty Racing is the racing arm of Bikegirl Limited. The team currently comprises girls who have already had phenomenal successes and have a great deal to teach you.

Next up for the Feisty girls:
Snetterton (C600 and R400): 15th & 16th September
Brands Hatch (R400): 29th & 20th September

A_sampey_2Angelle Sampey has just three NHRA races left to save her season. Sampey's early departure from Indianapolis last weekend dropped her from second in the points to fifth, which is just outside the cut off for the Countdown to Four.

"We've got three races left to get our act together," said the Louisiana resident. "We're only 14 points out of fourth, so fortunately that's not a big deficit."

Wamjam_2 The Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports (WAM) and Witherell Racing Promotions and Marketing (WRPM LLC) are pleased to announce country music act Andy Griggs will be the opening act for the first annual WAM JAM Charity Concert. This event is slated to take place on October 20, 2007, at Fieldcrest Stadium in Kannapolis, NC, home of the minor league baseball team, the Kannapolis Intimidators. The Women's Auxiliary of Motorsports', a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, mission is to enrich the lives of women, children, and families through educational and wellness programs.

Deborah_renshaw_smile_2_2 is a 2007 proud sponsor of the NASCAR No. 112 Chevrolet driven by the highest ranked professional female race car driver Deborah Renshaw.

Support our favorite racer girls by watching them on television this week and checking out their webpages!

by Linda Przygodski
Women in Motorsports
Contributing Editor


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