Lynx's Sara Senske Tries Out for WGGT

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN -- LYNX DRIVER SARA SENSKE IN TRYOUTS FOR WOMEN'S GLOBAL GT SERIES Lynx Racing driver Sara Senske is among the field of 81 women signed up to try out for the new Women's Global GT Series being developed by...

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN -- LYNX DRIVER SARA SENSKE IN TRYOUTS FOR WOMEN'S GLOBAL GT SERIES Lynx Racing driver Sara Senske is among the field of 81 women signed up to try out for the new Women's Global GT Series being developed by Don Panoz and Lyn St. James. Senske, who normally drives the #19 car sponsored by Lynx Racing in the Star Formula Mazda Championship, is at the Road Atlanta track for the tryouts and, along with 17 other female drivers, spent Monday, January 25 practicing in the Panoz Racing School cars. This is her first experience with a racing car that has a roof, fenders and weighs more than 1,200 lbs. "The Panoz is a blast to drive, but compared to my Formula Mazda it felt like going from a jet ski to a speedboat," says Senske, 20, of Kennewick, Washington. "The Panoz weighs about 2,200 lbs., a thousand pounds more than my Mazda, but it has power steering so it's less physical to drive. The braking distances are much longer, and it feels more edgy in the corners, but it has so much torque that it comes out of the corners like a rocket. I've only driven karts and formula cars before, so it's taking some getting used to, but I dropped eight seconds between my first session and the end of the day, and I think there's about another three seconds in the car which I hope to find on Tuesday. This experience has definitely given me a lot of respect for someone like Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart who can switch back and forth between open- and closed-wheel cars and be competitive in both." The drivers trying out for the series will participate in two days of practice, January 25 & 26, in the Panoz school cars before the official tryout session on Wednesday, January 27. The tryout format will consist of one warmup lap, five timed laps and one cool-off lap. Lap times are an important part of the try-out process, but they only count 50% in the overall judging for which drivers will get one of the 16 available rides. Other factors that will be taken into consideration include media presence (ability to speak concisely, communication skills, ease in front of a camera, attitude), image (self-esteem, confidence, projecting an image) and physical and mental readiness (testing by Human Performance International). "It's a very comprehensive evaluation, but thanks to the preparation I've gotten through my involvement with Lynx Racing, I feel confident of making a good showing," says Senske. "My focus since I was seven years old has been to compete at the top levels of racing, and to help open other doors for women to get into the sport. Being selected as a driver for the Women's Global GT Series would be a huge step toward realizing that goal." The 1999 schedule for the Women's Global GT Series includes events at Road Atlanta (April 18), Mosport (June 27), Sears Point (July 25), Portland (August 1), Petit Le Mans (September 18), Laguna Seca (October 10) and San Diego (November 7). Lynx Racing, owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, is a unique driver development program now in its ninth year of operation. The team's mission is to seek out young drivers with championship potential and provide them with the resources and training to realize that potential. In addition to the Star Formula Mazda Championship, Lynx Racing fields a championship-winning team in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic series. Lynx alumni include CART/FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier (the 1996 Atlantic champion and 1997 CART Rookie of the Year) and Alex Barron (the Atlantic Rookie of the Year and series champion in 1997).

For further information on the Women's Global GT Series, please contact Lyn St. James or Michelle Buddenbaum at (317) 244-9790.

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Series IMSA Others , Pro Mazda
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron , Lyn St. James , Don Panoz