DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Sept. 7, 2001) -- Lost in the headlines of Sarah Fisher's success in the Indy Racing League and Shawna Robinson's rise in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is Kim Hiskey, who's showing off her racing talents in the GT class of...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Sept. 7, 2001) -- Lost in the headlines of Sarah Fisher's success in the Indy Racing League and Shawna Robinson's rise in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series is Kim Hiskey, who's showing off her racing talents in the GT class of the Grand American Rolex Road Racing Series.
But the 36-year-old Hiskey, who'll be among the competitors in the Sept. 14 -16 Grand-Am Finale at Daytona International Speedway, has accomplished something that Fisher and Robinson have not. She isn't just the only female driver that regularly competes in Grand-Am, she's also the only female owner.
"I'm busy that's for sure," says Hiskey of her schedule. "I've got a good management crew with me. I basically run a lot of business details myself. I have Greg Fordahl that runs the car side of it for me, handling all the maintenance and getting the car places and all that."
The Seattle, Wash., resident has become force in the Rolex Sports Car Series, co-driving and owning the Crazy Redhead Racing Porsche GT3 RS. Hiskey is currently ninth in the GT class driver points standings and fourth in the GT class team standings and will look to move up more positions in the three-hour Rolex Sports Car Series enduro on Sunday, Sept. 16 at noon.
Hiskey, who drove a limited schedule of Grand Am events last year including the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona, competed in her first Rolex 24 At Daytona this year. Her Crazy Redhead Racing Porsche wasn't ready to race yet, so she took a ride driving for White Lightning Motorsports and finished 10th overall and seventh in the competitive GT class.
"Daytona is a great course," said Hiskey, who shares driving duties in the Crazy Redhead Racing Porsche with Randy Pobst, a native of Melbourne, Fla. "There's so much history there. That was pretty much my goal ever since I started racing was to run the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Now that I've run it, anytime I get track time at Daytona is great practice toward the Rolex 24."
Hiskey, who won the Sun Automotive 200 at Phoenix earlier this year becoming the first female class winner in Grand Am, will get plenty of practice during the Grand-Am Finale and is expecting some furious racing. It'll be the final chance for teams to earn points toward the season-long championships.
"Last year, for our finale race, it was that way," Hiskey said. "At the same time, every one wants to finish the race. The points are pretty close coming down to the last race. Everybody is jockeying around for points and I think it's going to be very close."
This year's Grand-Am Finale is night and day compared to the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Grand-Am Finale for the Rolex Sports Car Series is only a three-hour enduro, which is a sprint race when compared to the 24-hour endurance challenge in February.
"In a sprint race, it's more driver against driver," Hiskey said. "In a longer race, it's more the endurance for the car and how long the car can survive. In a sprint race, a small mistake can cost you a lot. In an endurance race, there's more chance to recover from that."
Fans can purchase tickets for the Grand-Am Finale by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.