Alison MacLeod - Ford interview 2009-06-17

This Week in Ford Racing June 17, 2009 Alison MacLeod, driver of the East Enterprises No. 6 Ford Racing Technology/Beast Chassis, is the winningest female driver in the USAC history. She currently is second in the USAC Regional Midget series ...

This Week in Ford Racing
June 17, 2009

Alison MacLeod, driver of the East Enterprises No. 6 Ford Racing Technology/Beast Chassis, is the winningest female driver in the USAC history. She currently is second in the USAC Regional Midget series point standings and has won the last two events in which she has raced.

CAN YOU GIVE A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF YOUR SEASON SO FAR? "So far this year we've had five or six races and we've started off pretty well. We started with a fourth and then we ended up with a third, a second and then we got two wins, so we're hoping to keep that at the winning point and hopefully go on from there. We've improved every race and it's been a good season so far."

YOU'RE ON A HOT STREAK. WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE TO CONTINUE THAT HOT STREAK FOR THE SEASON? "It's always tough when you constantly go to different tracks but you just have to nail everything, it takes a lot of luck. We've been pretty lucky the last few races to have a lot of things fallen right into our hands, and that's what it's going to take for anybody to win a race. For us to win the race we've just got to keep it up and get our qualifying, get the car handling well, get the engine running well and have a little bit of luck."

YOU HAVE THE RACE THIS FRIDAY AT ANDERSON SPEEDWAY, AND SO FAR THIS SEASON YOU'VE FINISHED FOURTH AND SECOND AT THAT TRACK. WHAT'S THE KEY TO GETTING A WIN THERE THIS WEEKEND? " At Anderson it's a tough track since it's all momentum, so all the cars are really close together. It's going to come down to qualifying, getting a little bit of luck with the inversion and just getting the handling down pat and getting it there. We were so close this last time, we just got hurt a little bit on the start and that's what kept us from the win, but hopefully we'll go back this time and have a little bit of better luck on the starts."

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE THE WINNINGEST FEMALE DRIVER IN USAC RACING HISTORY? "It's great. I mean, the winningest female, it's great to have that along with my name but there's a couple of girls that are coming and trying to get it, so we've got to keep it up and keep getting some wins. You know, USAC's been really good at promoting all of the female racers and there's a lot of us there; from what I know there's about nine or 10 girls that are racing in USAC, so there's a lot of girls and they've really helped in promoting girl racers, and hopefully we can hold on to that title."

AS A FEMALE RACER DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT'S A DISADVANTAGE OR AN ADVANTAGE? "I think it's both. Most girls are clearly disadvantaged when it comes to strength. Racing does require a lot of strength and lot of training so we have to work twice as hard as the guys do just to kind of keep that muscle up and everything, so we're at a little bit of a disadvantage. The other disadvantage is that most things in racing are not made for women, so we always have to change our seats and things and, you know, make everything fit because it's made for a typical male body. But where I find it does have an advantage is that we have, sort of, being in a male-dominated sport there's so much attention on us girls that, I think, someone once told me it's not so much that girls get more attention, its just that they put one media person for guys and one media person for girls and there's so few of us that we get that much more attention per person that is interested in doing stuff. In terms of media and in terms of sponsorship, I do think being a girl does help separate you from the rest, and it's helped me so far. Ford has done such a great job, and I'm so glad to have them on board. The program that they're putting through for diversity is just a great thing and hopefully we'll be able to keep it going for next year and have a good season for next season."

-credit: ford racing

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