Lyn St. James, Desire Wilson Test Historic Cobra Coupe at Miller Motorsports Park
TOOELE VALLEY, UTAH (August 10, 2007) -- Two of the world's most renowned female racing drivers tested at Miller Motorsports Park on Wednesday, August 8. Desire Wilson, wife of Miller Motorsports Park CEO/General Manager Alan Wilson, former Formula 1, Champ Car and professional sports car racer and the only woman in history to win a Formula 1 race (British Aurora F1 Series, Brands Hatch, England, 1980), and Lyn St. James, longtime professional American sports car racer (IMSA GTO and SCCA Trans-Am series), world closed-course speed record-holder and 1992 Indy 500 rookie of the year, shook down a Willment Cobra Coupe from the Larry H. Miller Collection in preparation for the Goodwood Revival.
The Goodwood Revival is the world's best and most renowned historic racing event, to be held at England's Goodwood Circuit over the weekend of August 31-September 2. It features the world's most significant historic racing cars from the era 1947-1966, when Goodwood originally was in operation, as well as many of the world's top drivers.
The Willment Cobra Coupe was a one-off coupe-bodied variant of a Shelby Cobra built in 1964 by England's John Willment Racing Team from a set of original Shelby Daytona Coupe plans and the original body bucks. There were six original Daytona Coupes built by Shelby, and the Willment team was forced to build its own after being turned down for an original car. It was not completed in time for that year's Le Mans race, but went on to enjoy the longest racing career of any of the coupes.
For St. James, who now champions the cause of young female racers with the Lyn St. James Foundation, it was her first visit to Miller Motorsports Park.
"This facility is awesome," she said. "To have a facility not only this huge, but that has so many adaptable, functional configurations, plus the kart track and all the other amenities, it is extraordinary."
She was also pleased with her chance to drive the Willment Coupe.
"The car is really quite good," she enthused. "Cars from back in the '60s were not nearly as sophisticated as race cars that we're used to driving. So you get spoiled, but at the same time we became good friends. I got very comfortable with the left-hand shift, and the car works pretty good. It's well-balanced, too. I can't wait to race it at Goodwood."
This will be St. James' fourth appearance at Goodwood, and her second time co-driving with Wilson.
"Desire and I drove Larry Miller's Cobra Daytona Coupe at Goodwood two years ago," she recalled, "and we finished fifth. So we're looking forward to teaming up again with the Willment Coupe this year and trying to do even better."
Wilson, who lives in Bountiful and works part-time as an instructor at Miller Motorsports Park's Ford Racing School of High Performance Driving, relishes the opportunity to race such an historic car at such a prestigious event.
"I really enjoy racing at the Goodwood Revival," she said, "and teaming up with Lyn again will be great fun. The Willment Cobra Coupe is a big beast of a car, and we'll have a good time mixing it up with all the other great drivers and cars."
For more information on Miller Motorsports Park, call the track at (435) 277-RACE or visit the website at www.millermotorsportspark.com. For more information on the Goodwood Revival, visit their website at www.goodwood.co.uk/revival.