Go for broke
Speed. That’s all I want. For me, fast will never be fast enough. My name is Jamie and I’m an adrenaline junkie. It all started with my dad. He loves all kinds of cars, especially the fast ones. I grew up hearing him talk about Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercs, Beemers, and countless other supercars. He would take me to car shows to marvel at their glory. I would sit behind the wheel and say “Vroom, Vroom!” One of my brightest childhood memories is going with my dad to my favorite Disney World attraction, Tomorrowland Speedway. While he was my passenger I would drive us as fast as I could. I needed to beat everyone and would get frustrated when people in front of me slowed me down. As a kid I had Hot Wheels cars that I race around the floor. My favorite car was this gold Mercedez Benz because it was the smoothest and fastest of all my cars.
Despite my passion for cars I didn’t start racing until I was 25 with the Washington DC Autocross Chapter. I didn't come from a racing family. I didn't know I could race my car or anything. Back then I didn’t think I could become a professional race car driver. I thought it was just the crazy dream of a little girl. However, the more involved I became in the racing community, the more I noticed a huge gender gap in racing. On top of that I didn't see many women that looked like me either. I questioned how I could make a difference in the male dominated sport. I remember vividly one time I got off the track I saw a little girl tugging her dad and said, "Daddy, Daddy! There is a girl in that race car!" It was then I realized that I made an impact by just being in my race car. But I want to go further than just a women in a race car, I want to win!
I believed that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. I worked incredibly hard to improve my time with every race. I still have a ways to go and a lot to learn, but I'm confident I will make it to Pro status!
I hope one day my journey will inspire and empower women and girls to join Motorsports. Or just dare to be different and enter industries that don't seem to represment them.
Here are some useful links
So you decided to take the plunge and start racing, eh? Here are links to racing organizations I have participated in. Everyone I have encountered in these organizations have been helpful and super nice.
But, if you have any questions I am more than happy to help! If I don't know the answer I can find someone who has the answer.
I created this handy checklist that works for race days. Check it out!