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Sara Christian Competed in the First Ever NASCAR Race and Is the Only Woman To Score a Top Five Finish

Photo: Getty Images The path to women taking part in sanctioned American racing had to start somewhere. Long before women like Danica Patrick and Jennifer Jo Cobb were getting behind the wheel of stock cars, we had women like Sara Christian setting the stage—and at the first ever NASCAR race to boot. Like her successor …

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Women Were Banned From Motorsport After Joan Newton Cuneo Demolished the Best Racers of Her Era

Photo: Paul Thompson (Getty) As the last of four daughters to a family hoping for at least one son, Joan Newton’s family indulged her in all of the adrenaline-packed activities that were considered wildly improper for a late 19th century Victorian gal. The Newtons couldn’t have known that their tomboy daughter would go on become …

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The Full List of 55 Candidates for the Inaugural W Series Championship Has Been Released

Photo: Terry Renna (AP) The W Series women-only championship has been wrought with controversy and confusion since it was officially announced in early October. Whether you support it or not, the series is still forging forward, with the official list of candidate drivers being released a few days ago. What does ‘candidate’ mean? Well, out …

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The First Woman to Finish the Baja 1000 Also Dominated The Sports Car and Motorcycle Racing World in the 1960s

She was born in frigid Juneau, Alaska in the midst of December, 1936. Sent off alone to rural Iowa before she reached her double digits, Mary McGee (neé Connor) learned what fear was. She and her brother were shuttled by train along with soldiers destined to be shipped off to World War II. But conquering …