Lauren's lifeline into American 'Tournament of Champions' (Knoxville, IA: Tuesday, July 31, 2007) --..Twenty-one year old Australian sprint car driver Lauren Densley is set to live out her dream by participating in the ninth annual Brodix ...
Lauren's lifeline into American 'Tournament of Champions'
(Knoxville, IA: Tuesday, July 31, 2007) --..Twenty-one year old Australian sprint car driver Lauren Densley is set to live out her dream by participating in the ninth annual Brodix Tournament of Champions at the legendary Knoxville Raceway in Iowa. Densley earned an exclusive entry into the invitational only event courtesy of her overall aggregate victory in the Australian qualifying rounds which included the Victorian 360CI Sprintcar Title at Warrnambool's Sungold Stadium and the Australian 360CI Sprintcar Championship held in Kalgoorlie, West Australia.
Up until a week ago Lauren's efforts to source sponsorship to fund the trip appeared fruitless despite recently featuring across Australian television screens on the TEN Network's motor sport program 'RPM' in their popular '15 Seconds of Fame' segment. That is until a chance telephone conversation linked her with Montezuma (IA) car-owner Larry Weeks. The owner of the #00 J&J machine had been enquiring about the availability of former KIDD (Knoxville International Driver Development) scholarship graduate David Murcott who subsequently redirected Weeks to Densley.
"It has all happened so quickly it is hard to believe that I'll be running against the world's best in this week's 17th annual Vermeer 360 Knoxville Nationals; then officially representing the Sprintcar Control Council of Australia at the Brodix Tournament of Champions on Sunday," beamed an enthusiastic Lauren. "If it hadn't been for support from my sponsors such as Flocon Engineering and Bandag, plus Dan Morton allowing me to drive his Morvale Maxim at Kalgoorlie, this never would have happened."
Densley becomes only the second Australian female, and first in 15 years since Melinda Dumesny, to race on the hallowed Knoxville half-mile oval. Currently amidst completion of a Bachelor of Business and Commerce Degree at Monash University, Gippsland Campus with majors in Relations and Management, Lauren is ecstatic about the unexpected opportunity of driving for Weeks whose car won the prestigious 2006 Masters Classic with Hall of Fame driver Shane Carson behind the wheel.
The articulate, attractive and personable Densley is bound to be a popular inclusion to the ten-day Sprintcar carnival which culminates with the 47th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals on August 8-11. Once dispensed with the Brodix ToC, Lauren will stay to cheer on fellow Australians Brooke Tatnell, Kerry Madsen, Skip Jackson, Lynton Jeffrey, Sam Walsh and Bruce White before returning home to pursue all avenues of sponsorship in order to contest the upcoming 2007-08 Australian season.