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Women race car drivers that burn up more than the just the track

Wednesday March 4th, 2009 at 10:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

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They’re hot! They’re sexy! They really know there way around a race paddock. They’re some of the best drivers around. CarReview.com would like to salute the hottest women racing. Last week we covered Danica Patrick’s stunning feature in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. But who are some of the other woman drivers that could make any engine purr? (Note: This blog will feature a lot of automotive sexual double-entendres.)

Melanie Troxel

Vroooom! Saucy Melanie competed in her first drag race at the age of 16 in a car with an engine she rebuilt herself as a high-school project. Melanie became one of the quickest and fastest females in NHRA history when in 2005 she clocked a 4.458-second pass and 330.31-mph speed in Dallas. In 2007, she scored event wins in St. Louis and Memphis, twice runnered-up, and ended the season ranked No. 9.

Melanie grew up in Colorado and inherited both her love for the sport of drag racing and her work ethic from her parents. She began her professional career driving in a Top Alcohol dragster in 1997. She captured two NHRA national event victories in 1999, and finished second in the national points standings. Her first opportunity in a Top Fuel dragster came in 2000.

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Melanie opened the 2006 season in amazing form, earning her first career Top Fuel victory in Pomona. A few weeks later in Las Vegas, she recorded her second Top Fuel victory and became the first NHRA Top Fuel driver to reach the final round in the first five events of a season. Melanie continued to race in the Top Fuel class in 2007 scoring two more wins (St. Louis and Memphis) during the season. In 2008, Melanie made the switch to Funny Cars and gladly accepted the challenge. In just her 8th race out, she recorded her first win in the class (Bristol). Melanie became just the 14th person and first female to score victories in both NHRA Top Fuel and Funny Car categories.

Did we also mention she’s really hot?

Sarah Fisher

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Sexy Sarah Fisher signed a contract in 1999 to compete at the top level of open-wheel racing. This hottie qualified for her first Indianapolis 500 in May 2000 at the mere age 19–becoming just the third female race car driver to compete and one of the youngest drivers to ever race in the Indianapolis 500! In 2001, Fisher claimed a second place finish at the IndyCar series inaugural race in Homestead-Miami Speedway.

From age five, Fisher raced quarter-midgets and go-karts until she was a teenager, winning the 1991, 1993, and 1994 Workd Karting Association Grand National Championships. By age 15, Fisher was racing Winged Outlaw Sprinters and winning 1995 Dirt Track Racing Round-Up Rookie of the Year award.

In 2002, Fisher became the first woman ever to qualify fastest when she claimed the pole position at Kentucky Speedway. Sarah Fisher still holds the track qualifying record to this date. Fast forward to 2008, Fisher makes her seventh start the Indianapolis 500, tying Lynn St. James for the most starts by a woman, and her first start as team owner under the umbrella of Sarah Fisher Racing.

Being hot also doesn’t hurt either!

Ashley Force

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In September of 2007, Ashley Force was voted the winner of the first annual “Hottest Athlete” poll on AOL Sports. Ashley beat out quarterback hunk Tom Brady, and fellow female driver Danica Patrick for the honor.

Sultry Ashley Force was also selected as the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series’ Rookie–of–the–Year in November 2007. On April 27, 2008, hottie Force earned her first ever NHRA professional win, defeating her father, John Force, in the final round, and becoming the first woman to earn a win in the Funny Car class at the NHRA Summit Southern Nationals held at the Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.

Three years after earning a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cal State-Fullerton, the former high school cheerleader is being hailed as a future star of the NHRA series and a possible successor to her father.

Gentlemen, start your engines!


New Girls on the Starting Line Who Get On Top and Under the Hood

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When talking about lady race car drivers, it still seems to matter that they’re ladies, and the usual selling point is that it attracts more fans to the sport. But what makes it so attractive to budding driver, and college student, Michelle Abbate and former artistic rollerskating champ turned grease-monkey, Jessica Dunford, and girls like them? I think it’s that they’ve uncovered what previously featured (and more seasoned) lady drivers including Melanie Troxel, Ashley Force and Erin Croker already know: adrenaline rushes do not discriminate. Read Adrienne’s interview by clicking on the link below to learn more about Michele and Jessica.

Rising Stars Discovered at Ken Block’s Gymkhana Grid Competition


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13 Responses to Women race car drivers that burn up more than the just the track

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  4. buck says:

    Great article. Google “Alissa Gevings”. Sprint car driver. 2X track champion. Youngest female to win in division ever anywhere. Oh by the way she is way hot!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Club Racer says:

    Did you guys not read the title of the article?

    Go back and read it again.

    It is not judging women on whether they can drive or not. It is commenting on a few women that are not only excellent racers but just happen to look good as well.

    Leilani Münter is exploiting the fact that she looks good, she is the Lucky Jeans Model, and has had her image plastered all over magazines.

    I don’t take anything away from any of these girls, but until recently, racing has been a man’s sport. So naturally, guys hear about girls in racing and of course the first thing they are going to do is wonder if she is hot. Deep down inside, that is every guy’s dream. And if you say its not, then you’re lying to yourself on some level.

    I have raced against Sara Fisher (Although its was back in her dirt racing days) and I sucked at Late Models. And have raced against Katherine Legge in some SCCA events at the Club Level. Those girls have earned everything they have got. They have worked hard to get where they are, and in this day and age, if being an excellent female racer and good looking is working for you… then I say use every weapon in your arsenal to get where you want to go in life.

    As my wife (who is hot and an excellent track day driver, by the way) always says. “Hey, you have to use your gifts, otherwise, what good are they?”

    • Derek says:

      Thanks for your comment and for recognizing the honorable aspects of the article. While I do admit the article was posted to draw page views (what article isn’t?), I tried to do it in a semi-intelligent and responsible manner. Even the photos included in the article were chosen carefully.

      And this isn’t the first time I have written about female racers. Link to the article below profiles two gals who are addicted to the sport and show more heart than most guys. Marissa and Kim may not have the high profile like Danica Patrick, but their enthusiasm with motorsports runs just as strong.

      http://reviews.carreview.com/blog/grrrls-can-do-it-too/

  6. Chris says:

    All Milka Duno has is her looks. She is a terrible race car driver if you actually follow racing. The commentators at one race even referred to her as Milk and Donuts because she is such a joke at the track. I do agree though that many women in the sport are judged by their sex and looks rather than ability at times.

  7. Kristen says:

    Wow what a sexist article. It’s like a female can’t be good at something without having her looks rated. When will it be enough just to be good at something without also having to be considered f***able. Having men think you’re hot isn’t much of a goal in life.

  8. amberstaar says:

    as a women race car driver(i used 2 drag race) erin has always been my favorite. not that i dont like the otehr women a swell. yes, she is a good lookng women

  9. Derek says:

    Ashley Force is my favorite, too. And she has two sisters that aren’t too shabby, either.

  10. m35man says:

    Yeah, now I see what you mean. Better photo. I still like Ashley Force more. She looks like the girl next door.

  11. Derek says:

    Bad photo quality. Check out Milka’s other photos in the article and tell me you see the same thing.

    btw, I replaced the first photo with another photograph of Milka.

  12. m35man says:

    You call that woman in the photo good-looking? She looks like a tranny with bad makeup. You’ve got to be fricking kidding me!





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