Girls in motorsport: Sabine Schimtz, Danica Patrick and Susie Stoddart
Motor racing is a mans sport, right?
In fact, some of the best racers in the world are women, and I want people to know their faces, because they are at the forefront of motorsport domintation. The first three lovely ladies – and heavyweights of the motoring world – are Sabine Schmitz, Danica Patrick and Susie Stoddart, who prove that motor racing is definitely not a mans sport!
Name: Sabine Schmitz
Born: 14th May 1969 (41), at Adenau in Germany
Claims to fame: The first woman to win 24hr Nurburgring, ‘Queen of the Nurburgring’, and the ‘Fastest taxi driver ever
Currently: Has a booming television career c0-hosting the show ‘D Motor’ in Germany with fellow driver, Tim Schrick and businessman Carsten van Ryssen; the show has often been viewed as the German version of Top Gear. As well as ‘German Top Gear’, she has made many appearances on the English version of Top Gear, firstly in 2004 when she raced against Jeremy Clarkson to see who could acheive the fastest time round the Nurburgring in a Jaguar S-Type. After many attempts, Jeremy acheived a time of 9 minutes 59 seconds. On her first and only attempt, Sabine acheived a time of 9 minutes 17 seconds. She also drove a Ford Transit van round the Nurburgring in a time of 10 minutes and 8 seconds. She won the 2005 Top Gear award for the Best German. In 2008, DMotor took part in an event against the British Top Gear team, where the members of each team participated in different events to find an ultimate victor. Sabine won both her personal events, and finished impressively in the group events, although ultimately, the British team won. She is good friends with Jeremy Clarkson and often appears in his DVDs.
Name: Danica Patrick
Born: 25th March 1982 (28) at Beloit, WI, in the United States of America
Claims to fame: Indycar Rookie of the Year, Indycar Most Popular Driver, 2nd in a Formula Ford festival (the highest ever placing by a woman at the event) and 2008 kids choice awards for Favorite Female Athelete
Currently: She was speculated to have been offered a drive for the now defunct USF1 team (she was also offered a test for the Honda F1 team in 2008). She is currently racing with Andretti Motorsport in the Indycar series her best result this season is second and is 11th overall in the championship. During her Indycar career, she has acheived six podiums and her best finish was 5th in 2009. In the 2009 Indy 500 she finsihed an impressive third and 6th in 2010. She is currently ranked 77th in the Castrol Rankings, with her best this year at 43. As well as racing, she made her acting debut on CSI Miami in 2010, she also an occasional presenter and model in various television adverts and in various magazines. She was voted the sexiest athlete by ‘Victorias Secret’ and featured in FHMs 100 sexiest women twice. She takes her love of cars outside of the racetrack, owning a Mercedes SUV and a Lamborghini Gallardo. She is also a vegetarian – making her one of the few, if any, racers that have been vegetarian in the history of motorsport.