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30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

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The world of professional sport has always been a male-dominated industry, full of testosterone and oversensitive male egos and the world of competitive racing is no exception. If anything, because of the danger they are putting themselves through, race car driving is argubally the most dangerous sport in the world. However, it is also one of the few sports were women, in some instances, compete alongside their male counterparts.

And that’s amazing, not least when you consider that many female drivers are still the subject of many sexist jokes so we think it’s important that we shed light on some fantastic female drivers who are kicking but.

Here are 30 of the best female racecar drivers.

1. Deborah Renshaw

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

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This former NASCAR craftsman truck series driver first made waves in the NASCAR circuit when she started driving in the NASCAR Dodge weekly series from 2001 to 2002. A notable debut, Renshaw placed in the top 10 on 13 occasions. In one of those qualifying sessions, she even set a qualifying record.

Also the recipient of gold at Riverview Speedway, Renshaw is one smoking hot racer.

2. Johanna Long

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

Joanna Long isn’t just a pretty blonde; she’s one of the greatest female race car drivers in the world. A stock car racing champion, she made a name for herself during a stint racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2011.

After taking to it like the pro Long’s career progressed significantly so much so that she won the 2010 Snowball Derby.

3. Natacha Gachnang

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

Fans of Formula One might recognize her surname because Natacha Gachanang is the cousin of the former Formula One driver Sebastian Buemi. This exposure to racing at a young age saw Gachnang quickly catch the racing bug. In 2008, she became the first female driver to compete in the feeder series for the new Formula One circuit.

After a commendable debut season, she would join forces with fellow teammate Rahel Frey at the famous 24 hours of Le man’s race. It was the first time since 1991 that a female duo competed in the iconic 24 hour race. Today, you can watch Natacha racing in the open-wheel racing circuit.

4. Pippa Mann

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

This blonde racer is currently driving in the Verizon IndyCar series in a career which stretches back to 2003. After signing a three-year contract with Mentor Motorsport to compete in the British Formula Renault Championship, Mann would make a name for herself in the world of female race car driving in the Indy Lights series as well as the IndyCar series.

Perhaps most impressively of all, Mann qualified in 22nd position at the 98th Indianapolis 500. She was the only female motorist competing.

5. Alison MacLeod

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

Alison Macleod had driving in her blood and was addicted to the fast-paced world of motorsport when most of us were still learning our ABCs. After a rapid success in junior karting, MacLeod was signed to Ford racing at 14 to compete in the USAC midgets division.

In that time, the Canadian star has gone onto become a USAC Ford Focus winner, and a USAC Regional Midget division champion.

6. Rahel Frey

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

Rahel Frey was profiled earlier for competing alongside Natacha Gachnang in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. However, the Swiss stunner has achieved plenty as a solo driver as well.

As well as making headlines at Le Mans, Frey has also competed in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, International Formula Master and the German Formula Three Championship.

7. Erica Enders-Stevens

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

This stock car driver is so badass she even competes in drag races and is now one of the biggest names in female motorsport. 20 years after first falling in love with cars, Erica made history as the first female winner of the NHRA pro stock division.

In a thrilling finals race at route 66 Raceway, she overcame the four-time champion Greg Anderson.

8. Cyndie Allemann

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

Another Swiss racing superstar is Cyndie Allemann, who mainly competes in open wheel type events. The sister of Ken Allemann, a racing driver himself, she is also the daughter of Kurt Allemann, another Swiss carting champion.

But rather than sticking to karts, Cyndie developed her craft and diversified into other facets of racing. This took her to a 6th place finish at the Renault Speed Trophy F2000.

9. Simona de Silvestro

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

What is it about female Swiss racing drivers? Another is Simona de Silvestro, who currently competes in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with Kelly Racing.

She competes in the No. 78 Nissan Altima L33 and has collected various accolades over the years including drives in the beach Grand Prix, Indianapolis 500, São Paulo Indy 300, and various Formula One events. Her career may not have yielded many trophies, but she has gained wide praise in the sport for her aggressive racing style, leading to the nickname, “Iron Maiden.” Now that’s one kickass driver!

10. Caitlin Shaw

30 Of The Coolest Female Race Car Drivers

One of the youngest female racing drivers became the second youngest woman to compete in NASCAR’s top three series and soon gained national media attention because of it. The earnest, credible young driver is the only female from her home state of New Mexico to race in a NASCAR top 3 Series event and has rightly become something of a hero out there.

Better than any of that, however, is the driver’s continued efforts to promote sport around the country. Taking in multiple venues and speaking at schools and various children’s hospitals, Shaw seems to have made it her mission to spread the gospel of female sport, and we love her even more because of that.

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