Inspiration For Both Sexes: Women Race Car Drivers

In the 1940s when motor racing began to gain popularity in the US and other parts of the world, it was strictly a male affair.

Perhaps this was attributed to the temperamental nature of cars, the enormous physical demands required to wrestle cars around a track and the high probability of disfigurement or even death.

But the attitude about the role of women in car racing changed when pioneers, such as Louise Smith, Pat Moss, Shirley Muldowney, Denise McCluggage, Michele Mouton and Janet Guthrie, shattered the glass ceilings that surrounded motorsports.

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Today, more and more women are becoming involved in the auto racing sport starting at a much younger age and training enthusiastically to become professional drivers. Here are some of the top woman race car drivers that have graced the motorsport world today.


Danica Patrick (USA)

Danica Patrick

Born in 1982, Danica is perhaps the most famous female drivers today that has not only inspired many female race car drivers around the globe but has also charmed male ones. Danica has built an illustrious resume in the motorsport world.

In 2009, she was ranked third at the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, setting a record as the first woman to ever achieve the highest finish in the history of the Indianapolis 500. In 2005, she was named IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, and for the last three years, Danica has been the most popular driver in the IndyCar Series.

Danica’s beauty and exceptional racing talent have gained her more celebrity power and loyal following than any other woman driver in the Motorsport history.

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