DWD Racing Makes Big Gains On and Off Track in VIR 250 Danville, Va. (Oct. 8) -- DWD Racing made some big gains both on and off the track during the Grand-Am Cup VIR 250 on Oct. 2 at VIRginia International Raceway. Team owner Julie Allen...
DWD Racing Makes Big Gains On and Off Track in VIR 250
Danville, Va. (Oct. 8) -- DWD Racing made some big gains both on and off the track during the Grand-Am Cup VIR 250 on Oct. 2 at VIRginia International Raceway.
Team owner Julie Allen shared the No. 21 DWD Racing/Nuzzo Motorsports Mini Cooper S in the three-hour race with renowned female racer Divina Galica in the ST class of the Grand-Am Cup. The team was sponsored by Sleep Inn, Sunoco (World Wide Racing Fuels), Sir Richard's Steakhouse and Lounge, Comfort Inn, Mary's Diner, Superior Electric, VHTA (Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association), Powers Signs, Vaden & Associates, Pepsi, Red Bull, KAB Enterprises and J. Allen & Associates. DWD Racing was the only all-female team in the race.
"It was a big learning experience for me," said team owner Allen, who was competing in her first professional sports car race. "The car was difficult for me to drive quickly, and the traffic in a 53-car field is intense! I went off-course a couple of times in the first practice, and then spun on the pace lap, putting me last past the green flag.
"From there, the objectives were not to damage the car, bring it back in good shape for Divina to finish the race and to learn as much as I could."
Allen drove the first stint, recovering nicely from her pace-lap spin to post her fastest lap of the weekend on Lap 4. She pitted near the halfway point of the 250km race, and Galica took over and drove it to the checkered flag. The team started 21st in class and finished 19th in class, 35th overall.
"It was a pleasure to share the DWD Racing/Nuzzo Motorsports Mini with Julie," said Galica. "She did a nice job in difficult circumstances, and we made some good progress."
The DWD Racing entry, along with the No. 20 Nuzzo Motorsports Mini, displayed the pink ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness. In recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, DWD Racing pledged to make a $1 donation for each mile completed by Galica and Allen as well as 10 percent of purchases of team-logo sportswear and accessories made on the DWD Racing website during the month of October.
When the weekend was over, DWD Racing had collected a total of $1315.82 to Breast Cancer Awareness/Reserach, including $215.82 for mileage completed and $1100 in donations.
"I am as proud of our contribution to Breast Cancer Awareness as I am of our progress on the track," said Allen. "The issue of Breast Cancer Awareness is a critical one, and it was a pleasure for DWD Racing to be able to contribute towards raising the awareness of racing fans about the dangers of breast cancer and to help educate them about the preventive measures that can be taken to avoid this deadly disease."
Overall, Allen was pleased with the weekend's results.
"It really went well," she said. "The Nuzzo Motorsports crew did an outstanding job putting the car back together after my mishap on Friday so that Divina could get out in the afternoon practice, and I know I learned a lot from the whole experience. Divina had a fantastic run for her first race in a Mini. I feel extremely honored to have shared this experience with her.
"I also want to thank all our sponsors, who were wonderful to work with and helped make my Grand-Am Cup dream come true. I can never thank them enough, and I hope that we can work together again in the future."
DWD Racing's next outing will be in the team's No. 51 Austin-Healey Sprite in the upcoming Sportscar Vintage Racing Association event at VIR over the weekend of October 16-17.
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 then advanced to Marketing Director. Julie recently served as Marketing Director for VIRginia International Raceway before deciding to formalize her own venture.