Women in the Winner's Circle news 2009-01-15

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WWC Driver Development Academy Alumni Prepare for the 2009 Race Season Phoenix, AZ (Jan. 15, 2009) -- As the first major races of the 2009 season rapidly approach, more than 15 already-successful Women in the Winner's Circle (WWC) Driver ...

WWC Driver Development Academy Alumni Prepare for the 2009 Race Season

Phoenix, AZ (Jan. 15, 2009) -- As the first major races of the 2009 season rapidly approach, more than 15 already-successful Women in the Winner's Circle (WWC) Driver Development Academy alumni are preparing to solidify their mark as the next wave of talented women drivers who stand on podiums in nearly all race Series. More than 250 women from 38 states and five countries have attended Lyn St. James' Women in the Winner's Circle Driver Development Academy since its inception in 1994.

Some of the Women in the Winner's Circle Driver Development Academy alumni to watch in 2009 include:

Driver Series

Jessica Brannam "World Karting Association, Firestone Indy Light and Star Formula Mazda"
Jessica Brunelli NASCAR Weekly and USAC Ford Focus
Kristin Bumbera NASCAR Camping World Series East
Tiffany Daniels NASCAR Weekly Series
Gabi DiCarlo ARCA Re/Max and NASCAR Camping World Truck
Sarah Fisher Indy Racing League
Ashley Freiberg Skip Barber Mazda National
Natacha Gachnang Formula 2
Jennifer Greenberg USAC Midgets/Chili Bowl
Kristy Kester Star Formula Mazda and select Firestone Indy Lights
Julia Landauer World Karting Association and USAC Ford Focus
Alison MacLeod USAC Midgets
Alli Owens ARCA Re/Max
Danica Patrick Indy Racing League
Megan Reitenour NASCAR Weekly Series
Natalie Sather NASCAR Weekly Series
Caitlin Shaw USAC Midgets
Samantha Taylor USAC Ford Focus
Miranda Throckmorton Midwest All Pro Sprint Car Series

"In 2008, Megan Reitenour (17, Miamisburg, OH) and Miranda Throckmorton" "(16, Coatesville, IN) were two of the five inaugural recipients of Women" in the Winner's Circle Foundation Project Podium matching grant awards. Reitenour successfully used her funds to help win Super Cup Stock Car Series Rookie of the Year and Throckmorton won Midwest Allstar Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year.

The 2008/2009 Academy class is the 15th class of the Women in the "Winner's Circle Driver Development Academy, which is a" comprehensive education and training program for talented women race car drivers who aspire to the professional levels of motorsports. Entry into the Academy is highly competitive and all women drivers who want to be "considered must have raced at least three years, complete the Academy" application and provide a documented race resume. The Academy is a "full-year commitment for drivers who are admitted, including three" on-site weekends: Physical and Mental Preparation; Business Seminars and "Media Training; and, On-track Time and Technical. Each participant" leaves the weekend sessions with a series of assignments and deliverables that must be completed prior to being invited to the next session. Academy staff are available throughout the year to give counsel and support to the participants.

About Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation:

"A strong advocate for women in the motorsports industry, particularly" "women who aspire to the professional level in racing, Lyn St. James" established the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to professional development "for talented, up-and-coming young women race car drivers."

The Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation currently conducts two primary programs: Project Podium (www.lynstjames.com/projectpodium) and the Women in the Winner's Circle Driver Development Academy (www.lynstjames.com/academy). Project Podium is a matching-funds grant program designed to empower promising young female race car drivers and help them further their early professional careers. The Foundation also "supports programs like Girls, Inc., the Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill," "and Challenge X and Kettering LITE, both university-based" women-in-engineering programs.

More information about the Women's in the Winner's Circle "Foundation, Project Podium, the Driver Development Academy and current" Foundation news can be found at www.lynstjames.com.

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Driver

Series

Jessica Brannam

Jessica Brunelli

Kristin Bumbera

Tiffany Daniels

Gabi DiCarlo

Sarah Fisher

Ashley Freiberg

Natacha Gachnang

Jennifer Greenberg

Kristy Kester

Julia Landauer

Alison MacLeod

Alli Owens

Danica Patrick

Megan Reitenour

Natalie Sather

Caitlin Shaw

Samantha Taylor

Miranda Throckmorton

World Karting Association, Firestone Indy Light and Star Formula Mazda

NASCAR Weekly and USAC Ford Focus

NASCAR Camping World Series East

NASCAR Weekly Series

ARCA Re/Max and NASCAR Camping World Truck

Indy Racing League

Skip Barber Mazda National

Formula 2

USAC Midgets/Chili Bowl

Star Formula Mazda and select Firestone Indy Lights

World Karting Association and USAC Ford Focus

USAC Midgets

ARCA Re/Max

Indy Racing League

NASCAR Weekly Series

NASCAR Weekly Series

USAC Midgets

USAC Ford Focus

Midwest All Pro Sprint Car Series

In 2008, Megan Reitenour (17, Miamisburg, OH) and Miranda Throckmorton (16, Coatesville, IN) were two of the five inaugural recipients of Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation Project Podium matching grant awards. Reitenour successfully used her funds to help win Super Cup Stock Car Series Rookie of the Year and Throckmorton won Midwest Allstar Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year.

The 2008/2009 Academy class is the 15th class of the Women in the Winner's Circle Driver Development Academy, which is a comprehensive education and training program for talented women race car drivers who aspire to the professional levels of motorsports. Entry into the Academy is highly competitive and all women drivers who want to be considered must have raced at least three years, complete the Academy application and provide a documented race resume. The Academy is a full-year commitment for drivers who are admitted, including three on-site weekends: Physical and Mental Preparation; Business Seminars and Media Training; and, On-track Time and Technical. Each participant leaves the weekend sessions with a series of assignments and deliverables that must be completed prior to being invited to the next session. Academy staff are available throughout the year to give counsel and support to the participants.

About Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation:

A strong advocate for women in the motorsports industry, particularly women who aspire to the professional level in racing, Lyn St. James established the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation in 1994 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to professional development for talented, up-and-coming young women race car drivers.

The Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation currently conducts two primary programs: Project Podium (www.lynstjames.com/projectpodium) and the Women in the Winner's Circle Driver Development Academy (www.lynstjames.com/academy). Project Podium is a matching-funds grant program designed to empower promising young female race car drivers and help them further their early professional careers. The Foundation also supports programs like Girls, Inc., the Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill, and Challenge X and Kettering LITE, both university-based women-in-engineering programs.

More information about the Women's in the Winner's Circle Foundation, Project Podium, the Driver Development Academy and current Foundation news can be found at www.lynstjames.com.

-credit: www.lynstjames.com

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