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Muldowney instantly realized what had occurred. Not only had she beaten Bob Edwards to win the top fuel final at the 1976 Springnationals, she had become the first woman to win an event in NHRAs fastest division. She was now a trailblazer in a sport in which women, up to that point, were rarely accepted.
"(The fans) were just out of control that day," said Muldowney, who would win 17 more events and three series championships. "It was a good day for the NHRA. They finally relaxed and realized this is something the sport had needed for some time."
A gender barrier was broken that day, but few women followed Muldowney into drag racing. More than two-dozen female drivers have competed in NHRA events since Muldowneys achievement. Eight have won professional events. Pro stock bike driver Angelle Sampey has been the best with 39 wins and three series championships.
While the number of female drivers remains low, the group that is racing this season is having unprecedented success. Entering the Pontiac Performance Nationals this weekend at National Trail Raceway, four women are ranked in the top five of the points standings in their respective categories, the most in NHRA history.
Melanie Troxel is off to a record-setting start in top fuel and leads her category by 132 points. Angelle Sampey is second and Karen Stoffer is fifth in pro stock bike. Erica Enders is third in pro stock and Hillary Will is 10th in top fuel.
It could be coincidence their prosperity is happening now. It helps that female drivers are landing with well-established, well-financed teams. Troxel and Sampey are associated with Don Schumacher Racing, the biggest team in drag racing and one with vast resources.
"What we are starting to see now is women who are capable, good drivers are starting to get some opportunities with the right team," Troxel said. "We're starting to see women who are capable of doing the job and getting opportunities with teams that can do the job."
Sampey agreed. She has one of the best teams in the motorcycle category, finishing in the top three in the points standings every year since 1998. "You have to have to the whole combination to win," she said.
Troxel tried for years to find that right combination. She didn't compete in 2004 and only raced the last half of the 2005 NHRA season as she sought sponsors.
Since she hooked up with Schumacher, Troxel has been the hottest driver on the NHRA circuit. She became the first top fuel driver to reach the final round in the first five events. She has won national awards for her start and gained attention throughout the country
"This is kind of what you hope for in an odd way," Troxel said of the notoriety she has received. "This is what I worked for my entire life to achieve. It was a struggle at times and I wondered if I was going to get an opportunity, but I never questioned my resolve to try to find a ride." Enders and Will have not toiled as long as Troxel. In their 20s, they are part of a core of young racers who are emerging after succeeding in the junior ranks.
"It's great to have girlfriends out here in a man's world," Enders said. "This has been a dream of mine forever since I was a little girl ... It is surreal (to be racing)."
Though female drivers are taking center stage this season, they hope the attention quickly diminishes. They relish the spotlight and the focus it brings to drag racing. More important to them is that they be viewed as great drivers, not female drivers.
"I've always felt very accepted by other competitors, but I've always been conscious of the fact that I didn't want to be seen as a female first," Troxel said. "All I want to be is a good race car driver who happens to be female."
Source: Friday, May 19, 2006, Jeremy McLaughlin,
The Columbus Dispatch, www.dispatch.com/sports-story.php?story=dispatch/2006/05/19/20060519-F1-00.html
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Racy women set new record
The prize for the winners of the four races Amanda Elliott (34 from Derby) Michelle Nixon (22 from Little Malvern), Lucy Redding (31 from Toddington) and Amanda Black (23 from Skegness) respectively is automatic entry for the 8-round 2006 Formula Woman Novice Race Series, which will feature at events throughout the UK. The remaining women will now be invited to attend a Formula Woman boot camp, from which the final 12 entrants will be selected for the Series.
Said Formula Woman founder Graeme Glew, "We had over 4000 applicants for just 16 places in next years Series for Caterham K-Series racecars. The 2000 selected were whittled down to 100 hopefuls via a variety of tests on and off the track. Those 100 were then invited to enter for Pembrey, as it was felt a concentrated race day was the perfect way of sorting the women from the girls and giving those attending an experience to remember. We are confident we created a new world record in the process and have submitted our claim to the Guinness Book of Records."
As part of a commitment to Formula Woman, Channel 4 is compiling a documentary on four of the competitors including the oldest entrant, 67-year-old Jean Neville from Haslingden in Lancashire. The resulting programme will be screened in 2006.
The race days were with not without incident, with Race Two posting a pair of false starts and the final event ending prematurely following an accident. However the driving was hard and fast and the competitors and spectators loved every minute.
Said Formula Womans Penny Mattocks, "The other race goers (almost exclusively male!) were bemused by the number of drivers with long blonde hair and the circuit restaurant had to purchase an emergency supply of cereals and fruit to supplement its normal fare of fried food. There was even a nutritionist on hand and Formula Woman marshals manning the marshals posts. In short, there were girls everywhere!"
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All drivers will receive a safety breifing and safety clothing and helmet.
Start off with a timed practice session, this will determine the order of the grid. With the fastest driver on poll, second fastest 2nd etc.
The race starts with a rolling lap. The winner is the first person to complete 50 laps.
The first 3 placed drivers will receive trophies, with an additional trophie being given to the driver with the fastest lap.
It's good fun, so why not take part? Call now to reserve your place. What is a Formula One Go-karting Event? Amanda is planning to enter Ancaster's women only F1 race. If you fancy having a go or challenging her, come along for a bit of fun. Why not check out their website for more infomation View High Resolution
Provisional Formula Woman Championship Dates.
7/29-30 - Pembrey - 2 races
8/12-13 - Mallory Park - 2 races
8/19-20 - Brands Hatch - 2 races
9/23-24 - Snetterton - 2 races (double points)