DWD Racing to Compete in VIR Grand-Am Cup Race Danville, Va. (Sept. 15) -- DWD Racing will make its debut in the Grand-Am Cup series during the VIR 400 presented by SunTrust at VIRginia International Raceway, scheduled for the weekend of Oct.
DWD Racing to Compete in VIR Grand-Am Cup Race
Danville, Va. (Sept. 15) -- DWD Racing will make its debut in the Grand-Am Cup series during the VIR 400 presented by SunTrust at VIRginia International Raceway, scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 1-3.
Team owner Julie Allen will share the No. 21 Nuzzo Motor Sport Mini Cooper S in the three-hour VIR 250 on Oct. 2 with renowned female racer Divina Galica in the ST class of the Grand-Am Cup. The team will be sponsored by Sleep Inn, Sir Richard's Steakhouse and Lounge, Sunoco, Comfort Inn, Mary's Diner, Superior Electric, VHTA (Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association), Vaden & Associates and J. Allen & Associates. DWD Racing will be the only all-female team in the race.
The DWD Racing entry will also display the pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness. In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DWD Racing will make a $1 donation for each mile that Galica and Allen complete; and 10 percent of purchases made on the DWD Racing website during the month of October.
"I am thrilled to have DWD Racing make its Grand-Am Cup debut at VIR, which is our home track," said Allen, "and that Divina Galica will be my co-driver. She is a formidable competitor and a legend among female racers, and I am honored to be sharing a car with her."
For Galica, racing is a second career. Prior to taking up motorsports, she was a four-time Olympic skier, two-time captain of the British Women's Olympic Ski Team, holder of the downhill skiing speed record (at 125 mph) and honored by Queen Elizabeth as a Member of the British Empire for her efforts.
She parlayed an invitation to a celebrity auto race into a three-decades-long career as one of the most accomplished female racers on the planet. She has raced everything from go-karts to Formula 1 cars, including European Truck Racing, the World Sportscar Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Formula Renault, Formula Vauxhall Lotus, Formula 2, Sports 2000 and the Womens Global GT Series. Today she works as senior vice president of racing for Skip Barber Racing Schools.
"I'm really looking forward to co-driving the No. 21 Nuzzo Motor Sport Mini Cooper S in the Grand-Am Cup race at VIR," Galica said. "Julie Allen is a very fast, determined and ambitious lady, and I think we'll make a great team."
DWD (Damn Woman Driver) Racing, Inc. is an event management company and racing team located in Danville, Va. Julie Allen, owner and driver, has been involved in racing on both the participant and management sides since 1994. She began her racing career as Membership Director for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and than advanced to Marketing Director. Julie recently served as Marketing Director for VIRginia International Raceway before deciding to formalize her own venture.