Women's Sorority Shines
Editor's Notebook, February 1999
The big news is the try outs at Road Atlanta for the Women's Global GT Series. The event is important for all folks working to expand opportunities for women in racing and it will definitely have an impact on all of us at Thunder Valley Racing.
Six Thunder Valley Racing featured drivers were among the fifty eight racers who drove the track over a three day period at the end of January. One, Caroline Wright, is the current Driver of the Month. Another, Lisa Devlin Arken, is our most prolific diarist. She's written a report on her experience at Road Atlanta which gives an insider's view of the excitement.
Jennifer Tumminelli, a Formula Mazda Pro driver and a Thunder Valley featured driver, had obtained major sponsorship for her try out from Silicon Graphics. That in itself was a great achievement and bodes well for her racing career. Take a look at her diary entry this month for her arduous journey to Atlanta.
There were a lot of great names at the event. Drivers from Europe and from all forms of racing in the United States and Canada participated. In completely unofficial timings, three Thunder Valley drivers were among the fastest fifteen racers there. Take a look elsewhere in Distant Thunder for an article about the try outs.
The single most impressive report received from this event was the camaraderie, the mentoring, the community that these women drivers were building. We at Thunder Valley Racing are committed to enhancing opportunities for that exchange of ideas and mutual support of the small but growing sorority of women race car drivers.