Bothell Teen Follows in Motorsports Veteran's Success BOTHELL, Wash. - Following the track of the first female Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year, Lyn St. James, Bothell, Washington's Kerstin Smutny is learning that success on the race track...
Bothell Teen Follows in Motorsports Veteran's Success
BOTHELL, Wash. - Following the track of the first female Indy Racing League Rookie of the Year, Lyn St. James, Bothell, Washington's Kerstin Smutny is learning that success on the race track starts inside herself. The 17-year-old recently participated as a team leader in the first of four training weekends in St. James' 2008 Women in the Winner's Circle Driver Development Program in Tempe, Ariz. where she focused on the physical and mental preparation required to be a champion driver.
"Winning starts with an attitude of success, and we worked on getting our minds and bodies ready for top performance," Smutny said. "One of the key things I took from the training is the fact that our unconscious mind works on positive instruction and doesn't understand negative commands, like 'don't do this when this happens,' so I have started working harder on the way I tell myself what to do, focusing on what I want to achieve, not what I 'don't want' to do."
St. James said, "These programs are all about preparation - preparation for success in racing and life. The physical and mental demands in racing are often not an issue in the early years of a racing career, but if drivers don't prepare for the future demands, they won't make it.
"Kerstin is very mature and competent and stands out as a young athlete ready to go forward in her career," St. James said.
Established in 1994, the WWC Driver Development Program has been the most comprehensive educational and training program of its kind. It's purpose being to provide information and training for female racecar drivers who have demonstrated success on track and have a desire to pursue a career in professional motorsports
Smutny has nearly 11 years of racing experience in go karts, quarter midgets, Formula Renaults and most recently has tested both a Star Mazda car and an Indy Pro Series car in Toronto Canada. She is currently working on developing sponsorship relationships so she can accomplish her life's goal of winning the Indy 500.
"The weekend in Arizona really refreshed my whole attitude toward racing. It's really difficult sometimes to stay positive when you're working on finding sponsors because things are so cut throat in the business world, but, I am applying the things I learned about racing to my marketing, and I'm sure we'll have success very soon," Smutny said.