Woodring Racing to Field Two Car Team in 2002 Seven time Empire Super Sprints Champion and all time win leader, Mike Woodring, announces that Woodring Racing will be fielding a two car team in the upcoming season, with the addition of Wibraham,...
Woodring Racing to Field Two Car Team in 2002
Seven time Empire Super Sprints Champion and all time win leader, Mike Woodring, announces that Woodring Racing will be fielding a two car team in the upcoming season, with the addition of Wibraham, Massachusetts, driver Erin Crocker. She will become only the second full time female driver in the history of the organization, following Kris Dow, who had a short but successful ESS career.
Erin, who will be twenty-one years old in March, comes to the team with solid racing credentials. She started her career in 1988 with the Quarter Midgets of America, where she became a three-year Driver of the Year and Northeast Regional Champion in the early 90s before graduating to the Central New York Mini Sprint Association headquartered in Syracuse, where she authored an auspicious debut. She earned the Rookie of the Year Award, while becoming the youngest feature winner and the only female feature winner in 1997. She was also the first female to drive in the PRO Truck Series, with four "A" Feature starts to her credit in 2000. She gained valuable dirt sprint car experience, with her participation in ELS (Eastern Limited Sprint Car Association), where she earned Rookie of the Year status in 1999. In the next two seasons she had two "A" Feature starts and two heat victories to her credit. Moving up to ESS, she had 8 "A" Feature starts, with two heat wins in 2001.
Erin is currently a second semester junior at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NewYork, studying Industrial and Management Engineering and is scheduled to graduate in May of 2003. RPI will be sponsoring her racing effort for the upcoming season, enthusiastically backing the concept, with an eye to promoting both engineering students and females in diverse endeavors, such as auto racing. She will be driving the red, black, and white (RPI's school colors) No. 16 car. It will be a top of the line J and J chassis, with Jereco engines.
The partnership came about as a result of a friendship which was developed during the last ESS season. Woodring called her about the possibility of forming the team and the details have now come together.
Erin is realistic about running the entire upcoming ESS season, setting the goal of gaining seat time and knowledge, with possibly a feature victory or two. Working with the all time ESS win leader as a teammate will be an invaluable asset to her career, and she will be a driver to watch in the upcoming racing season.
Well aware of her status as one of the few female race drivers in the country, Erin's long term goal is to move up to USAC in 2003 and eventually graduating to IRL. One thing she is sure of is that she wants to make racing her full time career, with an eye to expanding the opportunities for other young females as well.
Woodring Racing fans will have a chance to see the team cars at the Carquest Motorsports Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse on March 8, 9, 10.