Grand Bend: Cannister to lead Girl Power Campaign in Canada

GRAND BEND, Ont. - There used to be a time when little boys used to ridicule other little boys by saying, "You throw like a girl." Or, if they were racing the soapbox derbies, it was, "You drive like a girl." Defending IHRA Laurie Cannister ...

GRAND BEND, Ont. - There used to be a time when little boys used to ridicule other little boys by saying, "You throw like a girl." Or, if they were racing the soapbox derbies, it was, "You drive like a girl."

Defending IHRA Laurie Cannister proudly proclaims that she drives like a girl. The 2000 Pro Outlaw World Champion, who now pilots an alcohol-burning IHRA Funny Car, will be spearheading the new Girl Power Motorsports campaign, which is designed to bring more female participation into motorsports.

Cannister, an executive assistant from Clinton, Pa., feels strongly about the program that she will help to launch during the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend, Ont.

"We wanted to find a way to get women and girls more interested and involved in drag racing by giving them something to cheer about and someone to root for," explained Cannister, who became the first female driver to win the IHRA's Rookie of the Year award. "We wanted to be more identifiable for the fans since we are still without major sponsor. This will give them a way to recognize us."

Last season, Cannister carried the Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ banner, but was left as an independent racer this year when the company decided to withdraw form motorsports. To add insult to injury, the class in which she won the championship was disbanded forcing her to ascend into the Funny Car ranks. Cannister has already established herself as a contender by reaching the semi-finals at the IHRA ACDelco Nationals in Dinwiddie, Va.

The Girl Power Motorsports campaign will have decals available at all national events for $3 or two for $5.

For more information on the stars of drag racing, visit drag racing's largest Internet e-zine at www.competitionplus.com.

-GPM-

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