TOP 8 MOST NOTORIOUS FEMALE RACE DRIVERS OF ALL TIME

TOP 8 MOST NOTORIOUS FEMALE RACE DRIVERS OF ALL TIME

Women are naturally known for being beautiful, having the best voice, wearing the latest trends in fashion, cooking the tastiest meals, so on and so forth. But there are still those that are very enthusiastic when it comes to cars. And there are those who are also in need of “Speed”. They love their cars, and take pride in owning a nice vehicle. Then there are those who chose racing cars as their primary profession. Now, let’s get to know the top 8 most bad ass notorious female drivers of all time!

 

SARA CHRISTIAN

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Was the first female race car driver in NASCAR history. Yep, you read it right. She is pioneer when it comes the female professional race car driver. She competed in NASCAR’s first race, which took place at Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949. That same year she and her husband Frank became the only husband and wife tandem to compete in a NASCAR event up-to-date. Frank finished in 6th place while she was 18th.

 

 

HELLÉ NICE

 

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She is a famous Grand Prix car racing driver and was actually named Mariette Hélène Delangle. Hellé Nice was her stage name while she performed as a dancer in cabarets around Europe. Winning an all-female Grand Prix race at Autodrome de Montlhéry in 1929. She is also marked as “The Bugatti Queen” since she joined Ettore Bugatti’s team of racing drivers in 1931 being the only female on the Grand Prix circuit for several years.

 

 

 

SHIRLEY MULDOWNEY

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Also known as the “First Lady of Drag Racing”, she is the first woman to be licensed by the National Hot Rod Association and the first to drive a top fuel dragster. Throughout her racing career, Muldowney won a staggering 18 NHRA national events after which she retired in 2003.

 

 

 

LYN ST. JAMES

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Started her racing career in 1973 and is known for being the first woman to win a solo North American professional road race at Watkins Glen, New York, in 1985. Lyn retired in 2001 and wrote a book titled “Ride of Your Life”.

 

MILKA DUNO

Won 2nd place in the Venezuelan GT Championship in 1996 marked the beginning of a successful career in car racing. She also won the Miami Grand Prix in 2004, which made her the first woman to win an international sports car race in North America.

DANICA SUE PATRICK

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One of the most successful women in the history of US open-wheel racing. She is the only woman to have won the Indy Japan 300 in 2008, marking the only women’s victory in an Indy Car Series race. She was third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 is the highest ever reached by a woman. She became the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole in the year 2013.

 

ANNE HALL

 

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She was one of the most famous female race car drivers in Europe in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Began her racing career together with her sister, Mary Newton, in a Jaguar XK 120. They were known as the “mad Newton sisters” because of their speed and excellent driving skills.

 

MICHELLE MOUTON

Started her rallying career in 1973 as co-pilot, Soon moved into the driver’s seat winning a number of French and European Ladies Championship titles and the Rally of Spain in 1977. Four years later, in 1981, Mouton won Rallye Sanremo and became the first woman to win a round of the FIA World Rally Championship

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