Not many success stories quite compare to that of NASCAR legend, Danica Patrick. She is the most triumphant woman in the history of American open-wheel racing and is the only woman to ever win an IndyCar Series race. Patrick was born in 1982 in Beloit, Wisconsin to a working-class family, and displayed curiosity about the unique sport since age ten.
In 1998, she made a remarkably brave move and left high school to pursue a NASCAR career. By 2005, she was named the IndyCar Series’ “Rookie of the Year.” Just five years later, Danica Patrick already began racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. While she officially retired last year, she has left behind her a legacy that will inspire many women for years to come.
Caitlin Shaw - NASCAR Spokesperson
The second woman to ever compete in the NASCAR's top three series. Caitlin Shaw breaks another record for being the only female driver to come from New Mexico. In 2008, Shaw gained widespread recognition when she was invited to her first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Test. So far, the young driver had participated in two major NASCAR games, the 2009 and 2010 Camping World Truck Series, where she placed 24th and 30th respectively.
Caitlin Shaw has quite an interesting career in her field of racing and even became the inaugural United States Spokeswoman for the International Online Magazine GirlRacer.co.uk. As a committed feminist, she heavily advocates for women's rights and equality, especially for their involvement in sports.
Patty Moise - Busch Series Contender
Like in every sport, you get a rare few who just are just miles ahead of the rest. Athletes such as Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, and Tom Brady, stand out in their respective fields. In the NASCAR female racing gang, the clear champ is Patty Moise. She began racing at age 16 and made her official debut at age 26 in the Busch Series.
Moise won the top four a whopping number of ten times throughout her 133 races, making her the top female NASCAR driver of all time. Moise is married to former fellow NASCAR driver, Elton Sawyer. Sawyer is currently Vice president of a division in NASCAR. Back in her glory days, Moise was one of the most in-demand race drivers in NASCAR.
Claire Decker - Drive for Diversity Champ
Once again, the Decker family. An interesting thing about them, they are a family of snowmobile racers. However, the champion, like her sister, headed straight into the prestigious NASCAR sport through its Drive for Diversity program. The program's purpose is to draw females and other minorities to compete as drivers, owners, sponsors, and crew members in NASCAR, an organization that is largely dominated today by men.
Decker has participated in two significant NASCAR events throughout her career. These include the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series. In 2016 she finished in the 105th position during her only year in the sport. She soon stopped attending after her achievements, feeling that she wasn't where she wanted to be.
Sara Christian - First Female NASCAR Driver
Think about being a professional NASCAR driver at a time where women were expected to just be stay at home moms. For Sara Christian, this was not an option. She spent ages working hard to become the world’s first female NASCAR driver. In 1949, she was the first female NASCAR driver who competed for six out of eight events during her first and only full year.
Christian received the United States Drivers Association Woman Driver of the Year award. By 1949, she drove her Ford at the Charlotte Speedway and finished at 13th place. She raced for a total of two years, starting in 1949 and ending her racing career in 1950. Later in 2004, Sara Christian was inducted into the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame.