Top 30 Hottest Female Racing DriversMonday, November 19, 2012 15:55 by Bruno Silva
Who said motorsports are a man’s world? Not only that’s untrue, as it’s pretty obvious women motorsports can be a lot more attractive. We’ve compiled a list of the hottest and sexiest women racing drivers for you to see what we’re talking about. We know the list could go a lot longer, so we expect your input on what we’ve done and which girls you’d like to see in that list.
Here’s an infographic with all the basic info, you can find a lot more info on each of the girls at the end of the post as well as an HD version of the art work.
As the most successful woman in the world of motorsport, Danica Patrick just had to be at the top of the list. With a background in karting, Formula Ford, and then NASCAR and Indycar, Patrick is the equivalent of Michael Schumacher for female racing drivers. She is also a model, spokesperson, and part time actress.
Looking more like a glamour model, Madalena is actually a rally driver. Show chose the toughest form of motorsport, which is very cool. And it’s not normal rallies this tough Portuguese girl is interested in. She has an affinity for all-terrain trucks, and loves off-road challenges and rallyraid events. She’s eve competed in Rally Dakar.
Maryeve comes from a motorsport loving family. She started racing go-karts when she was 8, and over the years she competed in various racing series, including Skip Barber, Formula BMW, Formula Renault, Star Mazda, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series. Like Danica, Maryeve too is a model and media personality.
Shannon started racing when she was just 5, and now at the age of 23 she has a wealth of experience from competing in different series including Sprint cars, Quarter Midgets and USAC Midgets, and U.S. F2000 series, where she’s signed for 2012 and 2013 seasons. McIntosh is the only female contender in The Road to Indy challenge.
A woman in NHRA drag racing series? Why not! Actually, Courtney is the daughter of 15-time NHRA Funny Car national champion John Force, so it was a given for her to end up in this category. She won her first National event in the Top Alcohol Dragster in 2009. Courtney is now a member of John Force Racing, driving the Traxxas Ford Mustang. She also has a degree in Communications and works as a spokesperson for Ford.
Cope Twins – Amber and Angela Cope
Cope sisters are known as ‘Twin Turbo’ in the world of motorsport. Like most other racing drivers they began with karting, and climbed the racing ladder together. These girls were racing in late-model race cars, long before they had driver’s licenses! They were the first twins to compete in one of the top three series in NASCAR entering Camping World Truck Series.
Ashley Force Hood
There is something quite cool an strangely attractive about women who race cars, especially if it’s a particularly rough and dangerous field of motorsport. Based on this theory, Ashley Force is one of hottest women in the sport, as she’s a professional a Top Fuel Funny Car frag racer. The daughter of 15-time NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car national champion John Force is taking a break from racing since the birth of her first child.
America has produced more female racing drivers than any other country, and all of them hot. This one is a stock racer. Like most other gals in the sport, Johanna Long followed footsteps of her dad who raced cars, and began her career in karting. In 2011 she entered NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and is now driving in the Nationwide Series.
The next girl on our Top 30 is from country that doesn’t have a particularly rich motorsport background even for men. Burcu is a Turkish female rally driver and television presenter. She became serious about this business when she won the Istanbul Ladies Rally Championship in 2005, and then went on to enter Rally of Turkey, an official World Rally Championship event. These days she is a frequent contender in various regional rallies.
Cyndie is one of Europe’s top female racing drivers, having competed in a number of different top level racing series, including Renault Speed Trophy F2000, Formula 3 Euro Series, Firestone Indy Lights, FIA GT1 World Championshipand even 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year this gorgeous Swiss girl also became the first female driver in Super GT series history.
Another Swiss racing driver, Natacha is the cousin of former Formula One driver Sébastien Buemi. She’s one of the most spirited girls in motorsport. Not many women would come back to the sport after suffering severing injuries in a GT1 racing car crash, but she did. Natacha also used to be a top contender in FIA Formula Two Championship.
Milika is proof that you don’t have to be born in UK, U.S. or Germany to become a world class racing driver. She is from Venezuela, and unlike almost all the other stars of the sport, she started her career fairly late at the age of 24. Despite that she quickly got the hang of things, competing in IndyCar Series, ARCA Racing Series. She is also the record holder for the highest finish for a female driver in the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Leilani’s career is a bit of a paradox. She’s a keen contender in ARCA Racing Series, and has a background in open wheel racing. She’s competed in Firestone Indy Lights and even NASCAR Elite Series. Despite all this she is an environmental activist with a degree in biology. She also used to be a volunteer at a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center. But perhaps the highlight of her non-racing career is acting as a photo double for Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Natasha is a Jamaican female racing driver who began with karting, but ended up in rallying, competing as both driver and navigator in various events. She has an affinity for four-wheel-drive, turbocharged cars, which is probably why she loves rallying so much.
Simona De Silvestro
Switzerland might not be very fond of motor cars, but it has produced a number of great female racing drivers. Simona is one of them who have made her way to IZOD IndyCar Series. She also has an Indianapolis 500 experience, and once suffered a severe crash in which she badly burned her right hand. It didn’t faze her though; she quickly recovered and is now even signed for 2013 Indycar season with KV Racing.
Not that many women are interested in touring car reason these days. Especially American female driver; they prefer NASCAR and Indy. Shea, however, is one fo the few who decided to pursue a racing career in Touring car racing, and so she became the first woman to win the Grand Prix of Long Beach, and one of the only four women to ever win at that track. She current has her very own racing team, Shea Racing.
Another female driver in IZOD IndyCar Series, this time a Brit. Pippa began her career in British Formula Renault Championship, which led to European Formula Renault events, and eventually Firestone Indy Lights. She also competed in 2011 Indianapolis 500 race, and was involved in the crash the claimed the life of Dan Wheldon.
Susie Stoddart (Wolf) is Scotland’s favorite girl in motorsport. She started, like most others, with karting and climbed the racing ladder step by step, competing in Formula Renault and Formula Three, until she eventually landed in Germany’s DTM touring series. She is now a development driver for Williams Formula One, but that’s probably because she’s married to Toto Wolff, an investor in the Williams Formula One team!
Born in 1992, Sloan is one of the youngest and most promising female racing drivers in America. A career in top level NASCAR is already guaranteed for this girl, what with her racing background including Quarter Midgets, legend cars, NASCAR Whelen Late Model, GRAND-AM Rolex Series. Sloan also makes a good media personliaty, mainly because she’s very cute!
This Canadian girl was apparently born to become a racing driver. She started karting when she was just 7, and continued her career, coming up step by step, until she caught the eye of Ford Racing Driver Development Program. Alison was signed up and went on racing in the USAC Ford Focus division where she bagged a couple of trophies. Looks like NASCAR is where Alison will land next.
Yet another Swiss girl on the list. Rahel has a background in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, International Formula Master and the German Formula Three Championship. But the highlight of her career should be the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans where she raced a Ford GT along fellow Swiss female drivers Natacha Gachnang and Cyndie Allemann. She’s currently driving for Audi in DTM.
We have quite a few American female NASCAR drivers on this list, and that’s partly because NASCAR is so popular in the U.S. and partly because all these girls are properly hot. Caitlin is one of the youngest of the bunch, which means her experiences are limited to Midget Series and NASCAR. But she’s at the beginning of her career and we will be hearing more from her in the future.
Alexandra “Alli” Owens is a NASCAR girl, and a fairly prominent one. She races in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series for Ray Hackett Racing. They’ve previously worked together in the ARCA Re/Max Series. She didn’t have the best of luck with sponsors, but she got a great fan base that raised her enough money to keep up her racing career.
Deborah’s history in NASCAR goes back to 2001 and NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series, and after that NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, and she did pretty well for a young and rising star. Deborah also raced for a while in the ARCA RE/MAX Series. She’s practically retired now, but as one of the most experienced female racing drivers she definitely deserves a place on this list.
Besides NASCAR, another field of motorsport that attracts lots of women in America is a NHRA Pro Stock Series. Erica is a pro drag racer, and she has a very successful career, with 37 wins and a couple of awards, most of them for being the youngest victorious driver. Her original Enders Racing Junior Dragster car is on display at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum.
Brazil has produced many great mal racing drivers. But compared to Swiss or America, Brazilian women have not been very active in motorsport. That might change if they get to know Ana Beatriz better. Currently racing competing in the IZOD Indycar Series, Bia stated racing very early in life. She had a professional coach when she was 12, but where she is now is mostly due to her talent and hard work. Ana is the first woman to win a race in the Indy Lights series, and the first womanto win a race car event at Iowa Speedway.
Tia is the first African-American female to race in NASCAR. She ended up in this sport because of her dad, NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet. With his support Tia started a professional career which began by competing in local karting series at the age of 14. She also tried drag racing for a while, but returned to stock car racing with ambitious to compete in NASCAR national touring series.
Growing up at the race track alongside her dad, 1988 NHRA Alcohol Dragster world champion Mike Troxel, Melanie developed a big love for dragster. So much so that she competed in 5 different NHRA sportsman classes. So far her career has resulted in 9 wins and 25 final round appearances, plus many more awards and recognitions. She is 1 of only 14 drivers ever to win in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car classes.
Katherine is a Guildford girl from UK with a wealth of experience in different fields of motorsport. She has competed in Formula Renault UK, British F3, Atlantic Championship, Champ Car World Series, and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM). So as you can tell she’s a big of fan of open wheel racing, and that explains her affinity for the Indy 500 race.