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Other Sports - 21. January 2009.

WWC Driver Development Academy Alumni Prepare for the 2009 Race Season


Phoenix, AZ As the first major races of the 2009 season rapidly approach, more than 15 already-successful Women in the Winner’s Circle (WWC) Driver Development Academy alumni are preparing to solidify their mark as the next wave of talented women drivers who stand on podiums in nearly all race Series.  More than 250 women from 38 states and five countries have attended Lyn St. James’ Women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy since its inception in 1994.


Some of the Women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy alumni to watch in 2009 include:




Jessica Brannam

Jessica Brunelli

Kristin Bumbera

Tiffany Daniels

Gabi DiCarlo

Sarah Fisher

Ashley Freiberg

Natacha Gachnang

Jennifer Greenberg

Kristy Kester

Julia Landauer

Alison MacLeod

Alli Owens

Danica Patrick

Megan Reitenour

Natalie Sather

Caitlin Shaw

Samantha Taylor

Miranda Throckmorton

World Karting Association, Firestone Indy Light and Star Formula Mazda

NASCAR Weekly and USAC Ford Focus

NASCAR Camping World Series East

NASCAR Weekly Series

ARCA Re/Max and NASCAR Camping World Truck

Indy Racing League

Skip Barber Mazda National

Formula 2

USAC Midgets/Chili Bowl

Star Formula Mazda and select Firestone Indy Lights

World Karting Association and USAC Ford Focus

USAC Midgets


Indy Racing League

NASCAR Weekly Series

NASCAR Weekly Series

USAC Midgets

USAC Ford Focus

Midwest All Pro Sprint Car Series


In 2008, Megan Reitenour (17, Miamisburg, OH) and Miranda Throckmorton (16, Coatesville, IN) were two of the five inaugural recipients of Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation Project Podium matching grant awards.

Reitenour successfully used her funds to help win Super Cup Stock Car Series Rookie of the Year and Throckmorton won Midwest Allstar Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year.


The 2008/2009 Academy class is the 15th class of the Women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy, which is a comprehensive education and training program for talented women race car drivers who aspire to the professional levels of motorsports.  Entry into the Academy is highly competitive and all women drivers who want to be considered must have raced at least three years, complete the Academy application and provide a documented race resume.  The Academy is a full-year commitment for drivers who are admitted, including three on-site weekends:  Physical and Mental Preparation; Business Seminars and Media Training; and, On-track Time and Technical.  Each participant leaves the weekend sessions with a series of assignments and deliverables that must be completed prior to being invited to the next session.  Academy staff are available throughout the year to give counsel and support to the participants.
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