May 23, 2001 - Talk about a passion for racing. You know you are serious when you don't just go to the race, but buy a race team. For Plano-resident Kim Hansen, it couldn't make more sense. One of the most active businesswomen in Dallas-Fort ...
May 23, 2001 - Talk about a passion for racing. You know you are serious when you don't just go to the race, but buy a race team. For Plano-resident Kim Hansen, it couldn't make more sense. One of the most active businesswomen in Dallas-Fort Worth, Hansen is taking her family's love for racing to the next level.
As the owner of Hansen Motorsports, Mrs. Hansen recently purchased the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team from Lawler Motorsports. Formerly owned by driver Patrick Lawler and former Texas Ranger Jeff Russell, the #38 Manheim Auctions Chevy Silverado will be driven by Lawler in the upcoming O'Reilly 400 race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8.
"This is so exciting for everyone at Hansen Motorsports but also for race fans here in Dallas-Fort Worth," said Hansen. "My husband and I, along with our children, have always been in racing, and we intend to win at every level. Buying the truck team is the first step in our long term racing goals."
"In the past, auto racing has been primarily a man's sport," said Hansen. "In the pits and garages I was always one of the few women around, most being the wives of drivers and crew members. When the opportunity came up, I knew I could run the team and be successful, so I did it."
Kim Hansen isn't the only woman taking the reigns of ownership in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. She joins fellow team owners Marlene Smith of the #2 Ultra Motorsports Dodge, and Kay Keselowski of the #29 K Motorsports Ford.
In 1996, Hansen opened her business at the Texas Motor Speedway with Legends Cars, the American Race Truck Series, and Super Late Models. Today Hansen Motorsports is the largest racing organization in Dallas, with an eight-car team and six drivers including Michael, her husband, and their son Blake.
Hansen Motorsports is proud to be part of the continuing growth of female involvement in auto racing, not only as owners but the female fan-base of NASCAR was around 40% in April of 2000. With the Hansen's as the perfect example, NASCAR is enjoyed by the entire family.
The Hansen Motorsports #38 Manheim Auctions Chevy Silverado, driven by Patrick Lawler, will enter their first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race on June 8th in the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
"It is really special to us that we are racing in front of our friends and family here, people who have been watching us race for years," said Hansen. "We hope all of our fellow Texans will see us as a team to cheer for and be proud of in NASCAR. We'll see you in Victory Lane!"