Mooresville, N.C. (Nov. 7, 2007) - After two seasons with Team GLOCK Racing, Michelle Theriault has decided the time is right to make a change. The 21-year-old Bristol, Conn. native announced today that she has left the team and is actively pursuing opportunities in NASCAR and ARCA for the 2008 season.
"It was a tough decision," explained Theriault. "GLOCK provided me with the opportunity to showcase my abilities and for that I'm extremely grateful. But there comes a time when a change is necessary for continued growth. "I've had some very positive opportunities presented to me for 2008 and I always welcome hearing from other teams and sponsors who support females in motorsports," continued Theriault.
"I've proven that I am dedicated to being successful and am confident that there will be many more successes in the future."
Theriault has been racing for 16 years. She started in Quarter Midgets, notching more than 200 feature wins in seven seasons. In 2001, she began competing in Legends at Atlanta Motor Speedway and quickly earned the distinction of becoming the first female winner in the Pro division and first female champion.
She graduated to the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series in 2003 and followed it up with a three-year stint in the USAR Hooter's Pro Cup Series where she became the first female competitor to qualify for three consecutive national championships.
In 2007, Theriault completed her rookie season in the NASCAR Busch East Series scoring two top 10 finishes in her first two starts and ended the season 13th in the championship. She also competed in six ARCA RE/MAX Series races. In addition to Theriault's on-track success, she has enjoyed many off track accolades as well.
She starred in CMT's reality show The Drive in 2005 and recently signed on with a major production company to develop a motion picture highlighting her racing career.
"I'm very excited about the movie," said Theriault. "We've obtained the necessary financial backing to go forward. The great part is that whichever team and sponsor I work with in 2008 will become a main focal point. Not many other drivers can offer this level of exposure."