Lynx Racing, Sara Senske Road Atlanta Report

FAST COMPANY (Part 2)-- Day One In The Weekend Of A Lifetime For Lynx Racing Driver Sara Senske Lynx Racing driver Sara Senske just had day one of the weekend of a lifetime. She finished 7th in a field of 41 cars in second event of ...

FAST COMPANY (Part 2)-- Day One In The Weekend Of A Lifetime For Lynx Racing Driver Sara Senske

Lynx Racing driver Sara Senske just had day one of the weekend of a lifetime. She finished 7th in a field of 41 cars in second event of the Star Mazda Championship season at Road Atlanta and qualified fifth for the first-ever running, on Sunday, April 18, of the innovative new Women's Global GT Series created by Don Panoz and Lyn St. James. The Star Mazda event was won by pole-sitter Tim Enoch, with Senske's S3 Racing teammate Joey Hand finishing second. "The Mazda race was kind of crazy because a few laps from the finish one of my wheels cracked while I was running fifth, which caused a flat tire," said Senske, 20, of Kennewick, Washington. "But I knew going into the pits would put me way at the back so I just drove really carefully for the final two laps and was able to score some points. And in the Women's Global GT I'll be starting 5th, which makes this just about the greatest day of my life. So far, anyway." Sara's off-track friend, on-track nemesis, Jennifer Tumminelli has qualified on the pole for the event in which the duo will make history by becoming the first two women to run open and closed wheel cars on a road course on the same weekend. The last time a version of this feat was accomplished was by Janet Guthrie who drove open and closed-wheel cars on an oval in 1975. What distinguishes Senske among this 'fast company', apart from her youth, talent and self-confidence, is that she drives for Lynx Racing, the only championship-winning race team/ driver development program in modern motorsports owned by women. For the past nine years, Lynx co-owners Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty have been seeking out young drivers with championship potential and providing them with the resources and training to make the jump to auto racing's 'major leagues.' Lynx Racing alumni include Indy-car drivers Richie Hearn, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Barron. Senske is the first female driver in the team's history, and of all the women competing this weekend in Atlanta, she is the one most likely to follow her racing hero, Lyn St. James, onto the short list of female racers (Lyn St. James and Janet Guthrie) who have competed in the Indy 500.

Event Schedule:

Sunday, April 18 8:00 a.m. 8:15 a.m. WGGTS Warm-Up 10:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m. WGGTS Driver's Meeting 12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. WGGTS Race 1:05 p.m. WGGTS

Broadcast Media Coverage:

Star Mazda Race ESPN2 June 18 / 6:30 p.m. (E.S.T.) June 22 / 3:00 a.m. (E.S.T.) - Rebroadcast

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Series IMSA Others , Pro Mazda
Drivers Richie Hearn , Joey Hand , Alex Barron , Lyn St. James , Janet Guthrie , Don Panoz