Kelly Sutton first began racing when she was just ten years old. She obviously wasn’t driving real cars at the time and focused most of her attention on racing karts. Ever since she was little, Sutton knew that she was going to be a successful racing driver when she got older. Her goal was put on hold when the ambitious driver was diagnosed at age 16 with multiple sclerosis, a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord which causes a person’s immune system to attack his own body.
Through much dedication, optimism, and hard work, the athlete eventually reached her goals. Sutton was able to begin officially racing in NASCAR a few years later when she competed in the Old Dominion Speedway race. She only raced for three years before retiring but managed to win seven feature races at the time.
Erika Monforte was born in 1989 at the Zoppola, a commune in the Province of Pordenone, Italy. She showed great promise as a racing driver from a very young age and made her first attempt to compete in amateur tracks more than a decade ago. Her father, Maurizio Monforte, was also a professional racing driver and retired back in 1998.
The up-and-coming Italian race car driver got herself into a few serious races over the years, including the Abarth 500 Italia as well as the Mugello Circuit and the Superstars GT Sprint Championship with a Porsche 997. In mid-2014, Erika Monforte made her NASCAR debut and placed 9th, winning the female category. She’s also the proud mother of two daughters, Matilde and Sofia.
Erica Thiering is a seven-time NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Champion and began her racing career when she was just sixteen years old in the Edmonton International Raceways four-cylinder class. She often dedicates her races to her sister, Erica, who sadly passed away.
The Canadian race car driver comes from Sherwood Park, Alberta, and claims to dream of one day becoming an astronaut. It’s not every day that an unknown racer from Alberta makes it to NASCAR, which just goes to show that with enough talent, hard work, and dedication — anything is possible.
Cyndie Allemann is one of Switzerland's most popular female race car drivers. She competed in various racing events since her debut in 1997, including the Renault Speed Trophy F2000, Formula 3 Euro Series, Firestone Indy Lights, and most recently, the ADAC GT Masters. The veteran racer has driven some of the best cars you'll ever see, including a Ford GT, an Audi R8 LMS, and various other impressive supercars.
Cyndie’s career has slowed down in recent years, but she's still very much active on social media and has a relatively successful Instagram account with over 65,000 followers.
Kristin Bumbera took her NASCAR career and turned it into her own successful racing brand. These days Bumbera is mostly retired from her once-impressive professional racing career with some incredible stats, which include 16 wins, 53 top 5's, and 97 top 10's.
Throughout her NASCAR career, Bumbera received two Rookies of the Year titles, and was accredited as NASCAR's Drive for Diversity “Participant of the Year”