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Team scandia Press Release CRISTEN POWELL TO REPRESENT AUTO RACING AT WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Cristen Powell, who became the youngest female Nationals Champion in the history...

Team scandia Press Release

CRISTEN POWELL TO REPRESENT AUTO RACING AT WOMEN'S SPORTS FOUNDATION AWARDS DINNER

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Cristen Powell, who became the youngest female Nationals Champion in the history of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Top Fuel division earlier this year when she won the Mopar Parts Nationals in Englishtown, NJ, has been chosen to represent the sport of auto racing at the Women's Sports Foundation's annual awards dinner to be held Oct. 13 in New York City.

Powell, who captured the Englishtown event as an 18-year-old back in May on the same weekend that her high school classmates attended their prom, will be one of 100 female athletes representing 40 sports in the dinner's Grand March of Athletes. The dinner, co-sponsored by General Motors, Merrill Lynch, Ocean Spray, and Reebok, is the Foundation's "18th Annual Salute to Women in Sports: Girls Can Do...Anything" and will be held at the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

During the evening, the Sportswoman of the Year for both individual and team sports will be honored, four athletes/coaches will be inducted into the International Women's Sport's Hall of Fame, and both the Wilma Rudolph Courage Award and the Billie Jean King Contribution Award will be presented.

"This is a tremendous honor to represent auto racing and the NHRA at such a prestigious event," said Powell, who will take time out from her freshman year of college to participate at both the Dallas and Pomona events yet this fall. "I'll be among achievers who created opportunities for women in sports, the kind of role models who encouraged me to pursue my dreams as a teenager. In turn, I hope to do my share in the future so that other young girls will see that there are no limits to their opportunities."

----------------------- Tom Leix 317-481-2222

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