Stock car racing team makes history, starts 3 female drivers


Alexander Rossi is third, eight points behind Newgarden, with teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay and Penske’s Will Power within a point of each other for fourth and fifth.

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ARCA driver Natalie Decker, of Eagle River, Wis., stands next to her car during practice for the July 7 ARCA Series race at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. Decker’s team, Venturini Motorsports, made stock car history on June 29th by starting three female drivers in the same race for the first time in the modern era of the sport.

NEWTON, Iowa (AP) ‘ Stock car racing team Venturini Motorsports has had a tradition of employing women that stretches back for decades.

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Stock car racing team makes history, starts 3 female drivers at Chicagoland Speedway

Natalie Decker, Leilani M’nter and Toni Breidinger finished 12th, 18th and 20th, respectively, at Chicagoland Speedway. By starting as a trio, they helped raise the profile of women in a sport long dominated by men.

“We’re not trying to bill ourselves as this team that is championing female drivers by any means. It just so happens that we’ve had a number of females come through,” team spokesman Tom Venturini said. “We’re a championship-caliber team. We’re putting the best drivers in the seat, male or female.”

VMS’ push to use women as both crew members and drivers came long before recently retired Cup series driver Danica Patrick set foot on a racetrack.

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Two close friends will make history tonight as the first two women to serve as pit crew members in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in the modern era.

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They are among more than 50 graduates of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development program currently working in the NASCAR industry. Twenty-five are pitting in the Cup Series.

Daniels, making her series debut, is a former Norfolk State University women’s basketball player and is believed to be the first female African-American crew member to compete in a NASCAR national series event.

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  • Date: 2018-06-26T08:37:08-04:00
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