Youngest Racer Receives Kara Hendrick Scholarship For The 2001 Lyn St. James Foundation Driver Development Program
INDIANAPOLIS-- (Dec., 2001) -- The LSJ Foundation Kara Hendrick Scholarship Award helped to highlight yet another young women's racing talent. This year's recipient, Jenna Ramsey, attended the program on Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, 2001.
The award is named for Kara Hendrick, a race car driver who was killed in October 1991, at the young age of 22 while competing in a Midget race, was on the verge of making a major mark in auto racing. "I met Kara a number of times and was so impressed with her spirit & her talent and knew she was going to make it. I want to continue her legacy and be sure the current & future generations know about her," said Lyn St. James.
The Lyn St. James Driver Development Program taught the nine attending students many of the tools necessary to become a professional race car driver. They had off track training in media relations, public speaking, sports psychology & physiology, physical fitness, vehicle dynamics, and the business of racing from experts in these fields.
Some of the other outstanding students that attended this year's program are as follows:
Gabriele DiCarlo - age 16, from Phoenix, AZ - Gabi has had 4 years of experience racing with her first race in the Phoenix Kart Racing Association (100 cc Karts). She is currently racing (80 cc & 125 cc) Shifter Karts in the SKUSA, IKF, and NASA series. She was awarded the 2000 80 cc Shifter Kart Season Points Champion in the PKRA.
Jenna Ramsey - Kara Hendrick Scholarship Recipient - age 13, from Noblesville, IN - Ramsey, who has Indy Racing League aspirations, began driving a Junior Sprint Car at eight years of age. In the National Modified Midget Association, Jenna is making her move from the Junior Sprint (100 cc MicroSprint) to the Restricted A Class (600 cc MicroSprint).
Deborah Renshaw - age 25, from Bowling Green, KY - Deborah has been racing for 5 years starting in the Legends Nashville and Late Models at Highland Rim Speedway in Tennessee. She currently races Late Models in the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series in Nashville, TN and the Late Model at Riverview Speedway in Carthage, Tennessee. Deborah's future aspirations are to advance to ARCA, to Busch GN, and then to the NASCAR Winston Cup. Renshaw said, "Lyn's program has given me many of the tools necessary to advance my racing career... understanding the dynamics of a race car, knowing exactly how to market myself to potential sponsors and marketing partners, and helping me to expand my knowledge through the insights of today's leaders in motorsports".
Michelle Theriault - age 15, from Alpharetta, GA - Michelle began racing Quarter Midgets at six years of age. Following several years in the Quarter Midget ranks, she has moved from Semi-Pro to the Pro division in Legend Cars INEX series. Michelle earned the 2001 Legends Champion for Atlanta Motor Speedway & was a 5-time runner up at East and West Coast Quarter Midget Nationals. She aspires to advance to the NASCAR Winston Cup series.
Courtney Weeks - age 16, from Boulder, Colo. - Courtney has had five years of experience racing her first season in the Junior Sportsman in the San Diego Karting Association. She is currently racing in SKUSA S1, a Pro-Shifter in Stars of Tomorrow, a Pro-125 in IKF, Formula 125 & International Moto 125 (Road Racing).
Thank you to our sponsors of this year's program - Einstein Bagels, National Car Rental, and Allison Transmission.
The Lyn St. James Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit educations organization that focuses on worldwide activities and programs to provide leadership, vision, resources, and financial support in order to create an open environment for women's growth in the automotive field.