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 that was in front of me and would get peeved if anyone was in front of me slowed me down. As a kid, I even 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 and racing, I didn’t start until I was 25 with the Washington DC Autocross Chapter. 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 the huge gender gap in racing. I was encouraged to start looking at how I could make a difference in the male dominated sport. I believed that with hard work and dedication, anything was possible. I started networking with successful drivers people in my chapter and local race shops. Everyone I talked to was incredibly supportive and helped me develop some clear goals for myself. Now armed with a game plan I worked incredibly hard to improve every single race. I am in the NASA HPDE program, I’m already in HPDE 3. One more level to go and I can apply for a racing license! 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.
Here are some useful links
So you decided to take the plunge and start racing. 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 would have the answer. Click here to contact me.
I created this handy checklist that works for both SCCA and NASA race days.