Ingrid
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Bio
When she was 30, Ingrid Irby discovered a deep passion for racing. She demonstrated her eye-catching abilities in karting, drag racing, and autocrossing with truly extraordinary fearlessness and remarkable times. Even professional racer and instructor Justin Bell has commented with a smile: "she's just a little too quick, isn't she?"

Her love for the fastest and most challenging vehicles led Ingrid to seek out excellent open wheel instruction almost immediately, and she found it in the Bertil Roos Racing School. For an opportunity to learn from superb racers at a very difficult road course, she chose a 5-day program at Virginia International Raceway. Ingrid naturally bonded with the well-balanced and lightweight Formula Ford 2000 cars from her very first day, driving near their limit on this spectacular track. In late July 2004, she was granted a racing license by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Ingrid is now active in the South Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC).

Current
Ingrid is active in the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships (SARRC). In the SARRC alone, she has been fortunate enough to race sports cars (like the #91 Perfect Pass Racing Nissan SE-R) and open wheel cars (like the #2 Kohler Formula 500 and #4 Coast Guard F500). As a passionate racer, she has enjoyed learning a variety of cars and styles to supplement her initial training and races in Formula Ford 2000s. Her racing has taken her to some world renowned tracks, including Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway, and Barber Motorsports Park. Even given this large variety of cars and these challenging tracks, as of 2006, she has finished every race she's entered.

Future Plans
Ingrid's next goal is to move to an entry-level pro open wheel series and she is specifically trying to put together a deal to race in the Cooper Tires F2000 Series. Like nearly every open wheel racer, she'd love to eventually race and win in Champ Car Atlantics and the Champ Car World Series.

Another of Ingrid's goals is to grow the talent pool for American open wheel racing. Ingrid considers it very important for every female racer to encourage at least one more woman to get into entry level racing.

Personal
Ingrid was born in Minnesota but makes her home in Atlanta, with her husband. Although she's almost always thinking about racing (indoor karting when she can't get to the outdoor tracks), she also enjoys playing basketball, swimming, and watching movies.

She invites visitors to drop by her site at www.ingridirby.com for the latest news.

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