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Margie's first racing experience took place one
weekend when her parents were out of town. She
"borrowed" the family Buick Electra, made some
minor modifications (popped off the hubcaps and
disconnected the odometer) and drove the car from
Lincoln to Omaha, Nebraska, 60 miles away, and
entered the bracket drag races. She's had the urge
to race ever since.
Margie started racing professionally in 1978.
Her first ride was in a Porsche 914-4 at the IMSA
race at Road America. She competed for several
years at major tracks in the U.S., including
Daytona, Watkins Glen, Phoenix, Riverside, and
Portland. She and her husband, Paul, raced their
Porsche 924 GTR's as a team from 1978 to 1989.
In 1983, Margie drove for Dan Gurney in the
Riverside 6-Hour Endurance Race. Her co-driver in
the factory Toyota was the actor, Gene Hackman.
That race led to a call from Jurgen Barth of the
Porsche factory team and to a drive in a Porsche
Kremer CK-5 at Monza.
Le Mans and Daytona
From 1983 to 1985, Margie competed in the World
Endurance Championship Series in Italy, England,
Australia, and France, driving Porsche 930 Turbo's,
Porsche Kremer CK-5's, BMW Gebhardt's and BMW
URD's. Her top finishes were on the podium with
third places at Brands Hatch and Mugello. She drove
in the 1984 24 Hours of Daytona in a 911 RSR,
finishing 6th in GTO class. She was the only woman
to drive in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1984 and
1985, running as high as 1st in C2 class.
In 1988, Margie began competing in the American
City Racing League, driving a Sports 2000 and
representing Team San Diego. She finished 3rd in
1991 and 5th in 1992. In 1994, Margie competed with
42 male and one other female driver in the ACRL.
Margie took over the lead in the Drivers
Championship in the third race, at Laguna Seca.
From that point on, she never gave up the lead and
after setting two consecutive poles, she clinched
the Championship in the 7th race of the 8-race
season. Margie is the only woman ever to win a
professional road racing championship in North
PPG Pace Cars
When Margie isn't competing in race cars
herself, she drives the pace cars and does
precision formation driving at PPG IndyCar World
Series races all over the United States. Margie
spends a great deal of time in public appearances,
as a motivational speaker to corporate sales
meetings, and as a guest speaker for clubs, career
classes, and television talk shows.
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