So in 2014, I was submitting to any ad looking for writers. I was hoping to learn more. This site wasn’t bad, but it was a fashion blog and I wasn’t interested. The interface was a nightmare so I quit trying after a few failed attempts at revising my work. This was a piece I got a lot of editorial feedback on, and as clickbait lists go, I think its pretty good.
This 26 year-old was born into drag-racing royalty as the youngest daughter of the legendary John Force, and was propelled to stardom on A&E’s reality program Driving Force. But despite her Southern California good looks, Courtney is an accomplished driver. The former high school cheerleader earned her competition license at 17, Rookie of the Year in 2012, and scored the 100th win by a female driver in the National Hot Rod Association by defeating Cruz Pedregon in the Funny Car Finals in Kansas this year.
This Italian was studying psychology when her performance in a safe driver’s course garnered the attention of a race car tuner and builder. She has racked up an impressive record of several podiums and top finishes before the 27-year-old was tapped to drive the Trulia GP in the inagural season of the new Formula E Championship for electric race cars.
The bubbly 45-year old “Queen of the Ring” is a fixture on the famous Nürburgring race track in Germany, formally driving a BMW M5 with passengers on the “Ring Taxi.” In addition to being a television personality and owner of Sabine Schmitz Motorsport, she is also a helicopter pilot and has appeared on the world famous Top Gear program several times.
“America’s Motorcycle Racer” stands a scant 5’3″ and is barely 115 pounds. But fans should take notice; this 20 year-old is making waves and stands to be one of the most prominent women in motorcycle road racing. Running in the American Motorcycle Association’s Pro Racing series, she scored the first-ever win by a female in any motorsports competition at Daytona International Speedway in 2012.
Another pilot in the new Formula E series, the 34 year-old British Katherine Legge built an impressive resume in the US with the Toyota Atlantic Championship, Champ Car, and Indycar series before returning to her native Europe. She is an established endurance driver and has been driving the futuristic Nissan DeltaWing.
5) Jennifer Jo Cobb
The 41-year old NASCAR pro not only races in the Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series, but she is also a team owner. Professionaly competing in NASCAR since 1991, she is also an accomplished TV host, public speaker, and holds the record for most starts in NASCAR by a female. In 2011, Jennifer Jo established the non-profit organization Driven2Honor, with the purpose of not only recognizing the efforts and plights of female military members, but also to raise funds to help house female homeless veterans. At every event she competes, Jennifer honors a female military member with a VIP pass.
This former model holds four master’s degrees and was a Naval engineer before getting involved in club racing in her home of Venuzuela. She is also an activist and author, stressing the importance of education and publishing a children’s book, Go, Milka, Go!, with the same message. Initially driving in endurance racing and open-wheel cars, Milka has also recently entered NASCAR driving a Toyota in the Nationwide series.
The first female to ever test ride a Yamaha M1 in Moto GP prototype didn’t actually grow up racing. In fact, it wasn’t until college when she had a few rides on the back of several friends’ sportbikes, that she got hooked. She used part of her student loans to buy a motorcycle and a set of leathers. With multiple first-place finishes, pole positions, and the highest-finishing woman at the American Motorcycle Asssociations Dayton 200 race, Melissa is also an entrepreneur, having launched her own label of Freegun-brand underwear, The Melissa Paris Collection.
“The Fastest Woman on a Motorcycle” has been documented in the show Speed Capital of the World: Bonneville. Riding for almost half her life, Leslie is a salt-racer, competing for highest speed honors on the treacherous Salt Flats of Utah. The 37-year old is a member of the exclusive 200 miles per hour club, holds three land speed records, and is also the owner of High Five Cycles in Dallas, Texas.
This striking 31-year old followed a traditional career racing path by starting in karting. At 14, and again at 17, she was British Woman Kart Racing Driver of the Year. When she was 19, she entered the 2001 Formula Renault Winter Series. She was named the test driver for Williams Formula One in 2012. It’s in this role that Susie has started to make waves. At the Young Driver Test Day in 2013, she posted the ninth-fastest time and was within .04 of a second of the at-the-time F3 champion, Daniel Juncadella. Susie has been open about her ambitions and is pressing Williams for Friday practice drives this season. She is clearly eyeing a fulltime F1 seat in 2015. If she gets one, she will be the first woman to race in F1 since Giovanna Amati was unable to qualify for three races in 1992.