Robinson avoids trouble, finishes 31st at Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas - March 13, 2005
Wild rides provide scare in Mexico City - March 5, 2005
Robinson shakes off rust in practices - March 4, 2005
Shawna Robinson slides into Sexy, Fun ride! - February 11, 2005
NASCAR's first all-female crew finishes race - June 7, 2003
Women take their shot in NASCAR pits - June 1, 2003
Part publicity, but performance matters - May 29, 2003
NASCAR first: All-female pit crew will serve at TMS truck race - April 24, 2003
Insider's View: Shawna Robinson - September 25, 2002
Female Drivers In Nascar - October 3, 2002
Shawna's a racer.....PERIOD!







Robinson avoids trouble, finishes 31st at Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas
March 13, 2005


Las Vegas ­ Shawna Robinson was able to drive around the crashes, including one which affected several cars, en route to a 31st place finish at the Sam's Town 300 in Las Vegas on Saturday. The finish is part of string of consistent efforts for Robinson and Keith Coleman Racing (KCR) that has seen the team run all but nine laps in four races this season.

Robinson worked herself as high as 28th but was unable to hold her position as the #23 Vassarette-Riders Chevrolet's handling went away on long runs.

Once the tires went the handling really deteriorated, she said. When that happened the car got very loose and I really had to let up on the throttle to get through the corners.

We're still making progress, said crew chief Kenneth Campbell. It took a lot of skill for Shawna to bring that car home in one piece today. With the accidents on the track and as loose as she got on the longer runs, once slip up on her part would have put us in the wall.

We didn't finish as high as we would have liked, but the experience and points we were able to pick up today will serve us well in the future.

The race was won by Mark Martin, who finished first for the second time in just two NASCAR Busch Series races this season.

Robinson and the Vassarette-Riders Chevrolet will race again next Saturday in Atlanta.






Wild rides provide scare in Mexico City
March 5, 2005


Mexico City ­ Shawna Robinson and the #23 Vassarette-Riders Chevrolet provided some exciting moments during qualifying at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday.

Robinson lost control of the car coming out of the chicane at the end of the front stretch on her qualifying lap and did not complete the run. The car came dangerously close to hitting a wall but a great save by Robinson kept it safe from any damage.

The tires just didn't feel like they had any grip on them, said a frustrated Robinson. It wasn't a good day, but at least we don't have to pull the back up car out of the hauler for the race.

We wanted to make the race on time and that is what she was trying to do, said crew chief Kenneth Campbell. But we all let out a sigh relief when we saw her come to a stop without hitting the wall. We're in the race, and that car is going to give us our best

chance for a good finish. Robinson qualified for the race by virtue of being a team that finished in the top 30 in points last season. Local favorite Jorge Goeters took the pole with a time of 87.696 seconds on the 2.52 miles road course, an average speed of 103.366 mph.








Robinson shakes off rust in practices
March 4, 2005


Mexico City ­ For Shawna Robinson, driver of the #23 Vassarette Chevrolet Monte Carlo, things have been happening a little fast lately, even for a race car driver.

The whirlwind has seen her sign with Keith Coleman Racing (KCR) and compete at Daytona and California in the last month. Add to that a trip to Mexico City and the challenge of driving a road course and it is easy to see how she might be a little rusty. The rust showed early on Friday as she was limited just a couple of hot laps during the first practice due to cautions. In her time on the track Robinson was well off the pace at 102.418 seconds, more than 14 seconds behind the leader. But she showed marked improvement in the second session, picking up nearly 10 seconds on her time as she adjusted to the track.

Her best time during the eight-lap session was 93.918 seconds, more than six miles an hour faster.

The first time out everything was coming at me very fast and I haven't driven a road course in a longtime, said Robinson. The cautions didn't help either. Every time we started to get a run going we had to stop. We didn't even make any adjustments between sessions because we never got a chance to see what the car was doing.

But in the second session I was able to run 8 straight laps and get a better feel for the track. By the time I came out of the car I had settled down and was having fun driving the course. I'm really looking forward to Sunday.

Crew chief Kenneth Campbell said the improvement in practice speeds put the team in a good position. We're right where we need to be, he said. We're to the point now where we're looking at picking up tenths, not whole seconds and we're confident we will have a good qualifying run tomorrow.








Shawna Robinson slides into Sexy, Fun ride!
Vassarette signs endorsement deal with Nascar Driver
February 11, 2005




 
Shawna Robinson

Alpharetta, Ga. – Vassarette has entered into a partnership with Keith Coleman Racing (KCR) to sponsor Shawna Robinson on the NASCAR Busch Series in 2005. Vassarette, a brand of VF Intimates, Inc., a division of VF Corporation, will be the primary sponsor on the number 23 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for the upcoming season.Robinson will serve as product spokesperson for the Vassarette brand, a leader in providing sexy, fun, fashionable intimate apparel. She will make in-store, media and promotional event appearances on behalf of the Vassarette brand, and will appear on various promotional materials during the course of the year.

“Shawna is a perfect fit for our product image,” said Art DeCesaro, V. P. and GMM of the Vassarette brand. “She is a sexy, fun and fashionable woman of great determination who has already accomplished a great deal in the world of motorsports.

“We will unveil an aggressive nation-wide promotional campaign for Vassarette Racing and Shawna Robinson that will begin in Daytona and continue through the entire 2005 season”

Robinson is a veteran driver who has competed on all three of the NASCAR’s major series. She has eight career starts on the former Winston Cup Series, now Nextel Cup, 53 career starts on the Busch Series and three career starts on the Craftsman Truck Series.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Robinson is a mother of two who enjoys spending time with her young children as well as mixing it up with the bigger kids on the race track. She currently resides in Charlotte, N. C. where she operates her own interior design business and she said she is excited about her upcoming return to the track.

“I am very grateful to Vassarette for their support of my racing career and am proud to represent a sexy, fun, brand like Vassarette that I feel so comfortable wearing,” said Robinson. “I’m honored and proud to represent this brand and I’m looking forward to an exciting year.”

“We are very excited to be represented by Shawna among the growing fanbase for motorsport racing,” said Miles Bohannan, Director of Marketing for the Vassarette brand. “There is a strong compatibility between motorsport racing fans and Vassarette consumers and we are confident that her down-to-earth attitude, excellent communication skills and charming personality will serve the Vassarette brand very well.”

As the number one spectator sport in the U.S., NASCAR enjoys a fan base of more than 75 million people. Bohannan is quick to point out that a large number of those are women.

“More than 40 percent of NASCAR’s audience is comprised of women,” he said. “We consider them to be excellent potential customers for the Vassarette brand. Shawna is very competitive and has been successful in one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.”

Robinson will join with Mark Green, the driver of the number 26 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, as a driver at KCR. The two will both run full schedules on the Nascar Busch Series this season.

KCR has enjoyed almost unprecedented success on the NASCAR Busch Series. As a new organization, the company was successful in qualifying in each race it attempted at the end of the season. The team is poised to run the full slate of Busch Series races in 2005.

“I’m very excited to be working with Vassarette,” said Keith Coleman, team owner. “Mr. DeCesaro and I have a very good working relationship and we are both committed to putting a winning team on the track. I know that Vassarette wants to end up in victory lane as badly as we do and that means a great deal to our organization.”

Vassarette is a brand of VF Intimates, Inc., a division of VF Corporation, which is the world’s largest apparel company and a leader in jeanswear, intimate apparel, sportswear, workwear and daypacks. Its principal brands include Lee ®, Wrangler®, Riders®, Rustler®, Vanity Fair®, Vassarette®, Bestform®, Lily of France®, Lee Sport®, Nautica®, Earl Jean®, John Varvatos®, JanSport®, Eastpak®, The North Face® and Red Kap®. Vassarette is available at Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target and national discount stores across the country.

VF Corporation’s press releases, annual reports and other information can be accessed through the Company’s home page, www.vfc.com






NASCAR's first all-female crew finishes race
- By STEPHEN HAWKINS, June 7, 2003

 
Shawna Robinson's all-female pit crew, from left, Tracy Romagnoli, Shanda Bronston, Gina Tomaseski, Geri Lynn Parris, Alaena Grable, Sue Webb, Gail Stracener and Sandy Owens.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) -- Shawna Robinson was a lap down when she left pit road for the first time Friday night, but the problem wasn't caused by NASCAR's first all-female pit crew. It was a mistake by the driver.

Robinson jumped the start in the Craftsman Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway and had to come in for a stop-and-go penalty. She lost the lap while on pit road.

"I was just so fired up for doing well that I messed up and started too soon," Robinson said.

The seven-woman pit crew went over the wall three times, all during caution periods of the O'Reilly 400 to change two tires and add gas to the No. 49 Team Texas Chevrolet. While the stops weren't fast, they never cost Robinson position on the track.

"I really felt like I let these girls down. The only mistakes made out there were my fault," Robinson said. ``But this is just a start for us. These girls were awesome.''

Robinson finished 18th in the 36-truck field, five laps behind winner Brendan Gaughan, who won at Texas for the third straight time.

"Now we know we can do it, no question about it," said gasman Gail Stracener.

Once Robinson stopped the truck for service, after a caution on the 54th lap when she was already two laps down, the crew changed right-side tires and added gas. It took about 25 seconds before the truck left the box.

Robinson then made another mistake, getting penalized for exiting pit road too fast. She had to go to the end of the longest line for the restart, losing another lap but remaining in 19th place -- the same position as when she came in.

On the second stop after another caution on the 101st lap, they changed tires on the left side and added gas, coming out in the 18th spot. The stop lasted about 20 seconds.

About 20 laps later, they changed tires on the right side and added plenty of gas to finish the 167-lap race.
 
The Aaron's dream-team pit crew in action.
"We had some butterflies at first, but we have so much more confidence now,'' said Shanda Bronston, the front tire carrier. ``We gave it all we had. I'm very satisfied with what we did."

The idea for the all-female crew came from the staff of Texas Motor Speedway general manager Eddie Gossage, who readily admitted it was a publicity stunt.

A marketing agency was hired to find crew members, searching mostly in health clubs for competitive women in great shape. There were 20 candidates who came in for tryouts, and the seven who were chosen range in age from 21 to 39.

Robinson ran in seven Winston Cup races last year, including the Daytona 500 as the first woman there since 1980. She has been unable to find a Winston Cup or Busch ride this year.

The team isn't scheduled to race again until Sept. 27 in Las Vegas, and will be at Texas again on Oct. 11.





Women take their shot in NASCAR pits
- By Kevin Shepke, June 1, 2003

Shawna Robinson wants a sponsor but I don’t think she ever envisioned it this way.

 
Gina Tomaseski struggled to raise the truck with a jack, ending up being lifted in the air. Sue Webb had treadmarks on her arms from lugging around a 50-pound tire. Credit: Mike Fuentes-AP
Aaron’s Dream Team signed on with Robinson’s No. 49 team in the Craftsman Truck Series for three races starting with the O’Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway. But instead of Robinson having an experienced male pit crew, the 38-year-old driver will have to settle for all women.

"We are sticking our neck out big time taking the high-risk situation," Robinson told the Associated Press. "It's unfortunate that you almost feel like you have to do this to get a sponsor to be able to go racing."

The women will be wearing primarily pink firesuits that will don a Charlie’s Angels-like logo according to the report by Stephen Hawkins.

"I don't know that Aaron's would have even looked at it if it wasn't this whole thing that draws attention," Robinson said.

Two-time Texas winner Brendan Gaughn likes the idea of an all-female pit crew.

"It's an ingenious plan to get a sponsor," he said in the report. "They're a pit crew - I don't care if they are women. If guys want to have a problem with that, they need to grow up. Shawna wants to prove herself like I want to prove myself."

I agree with Brendan partially as far as having women work in the pits, but I disagree with the idea of getting a sponsor this way. Shawna shouldn’t have to garner attention in order to get sponsor. Her work on the racetrack is what gets her money and I’m sure I’m not the only one who says that junior.

The idea came about before Annika Sorenstam made the first appearance by a woman on the PGA Tour in 58 years. But these are two different topics. Sorenstam earned her way on by performing well, Robinson is getting a sponsor because she’s attracting attention with her pit crew.

I’ve got nothing wrong with an all-female pit crew. In fact, I’m probably one of the advocates for it. But this shouldn’t be the way they make it to one NASCAR’s top-three racing series.





Part publicity, but performance matters
- Associated Press, May 29, 2003

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Gina Tomaseski struggled to raise the truck with a jack, ending up being lifted in the air. Sue Webb had treadmarks on her arms from lugging around a 50-pound tire.

Tomaseski, Webb and five other women were learning how to change the tires on a racing truck as NASCAR's first all-female pit crew.

The women will go over the wall at a Craftsman Truck Series race June 6 at Texas, the first time an all-female crew will work at a NASCAR event. They will change tires and add gas to the No. 49 Team Texas Chevrolet driven by Shawna Robinson.

"We want it to be a gimmick and marketable, and we want it to be a serious sport for us. We want it to be everything," Tomaseski said. "Our main focus is that we do good pit times. It can be a gimmicky thing for about a month, and if we're not good, it's going to die."

Texas Motor Speedway general manager Eddie Gossage readily admits it's a publicity stunt.

"But it has no value unless they perform competitive pit stops and Shawna performs well," he added.

One of Gossage's staff members came up with the idea last fall, even before golfer Annika Sorenstam got an invitation to play against the men earlier this month at the Colonial, also in Fort Worth.

A marketing agency was hired to find crew members, searching mostly in health clubs for competitive women in great shape. There were 20 candidates who came for tryouts.

The seven chosen range in age from 21 to 39. Among them are a business manager, an information analyst, a college student, an online talent database owner and three who are in the fitness industry.

"Their main concern is to get publicity and marketing, but we want to be able to be efficient and be able to do it," said Webb, a personal trainer. "Because we don't want it to be a big joke."

Once the crew was chosen, truck owner Mike Starr had to match them with the jobs of jackman, gasman, catch can, front tire changer, front tire carrier, rear tire changer and rear tire carrier. They've been together for about two months.

"It was refreshing to have people that had absolutely no idea what was going on," Starr said. "You could teach them and show them the way you wanted it done and watch it happen."

Some of the women considered themselves casual NASCAR fans, but others had never paid attention to racing.

The toughest job is the jackman who lifts the truck during stops. Tomaseski, who at 130 pounds weighs almost half the average man who usually does the job, now gets the truck -- and not herself -- in the air.

"It takes everything I've got, but it's technique and confidence," said Tomaseski, a fitness pro and physical therapist. "We don't want them to treat us like frail little girls that can't handle it."

Physical limitations forced Starr to change the way he would do things with a male crew, but he doesn't expect that to affect performance. The crew will only add fuel and change tires. As in any truck race, the goal will be to avoid four-tire stops.

"It takes so many seconds to get the gas in, so on the two-tire stop, girls can pace themselves, do it right," Starr said. "If we don't have to make a four-tire stop, these girls are going to make people proud."

Starr will have four men in uniform ready in case body repairs are needed, or if there are problems beyond regular tire changes and fuel.

Robinson ran in seven Winston Cup races last year, including the Daytona 500 as the first woman there since 1980. She was looking for an opportunity to drive, but even she was skeptical when first approached about the idea of a female crew, especially a group that had never been together before.

"We are sticking our neck out big time taking the high-risk situation," Robinson said. "It's unfortunate that you almost feel like you have to do this to get a sponsor to be able to go racing."

Atlanta-based Aaron's, a leasing company for which Robinson has driven a Busch car in the past, signed on for three races. The "Dream Team" is also scheduled to race Sept. 27 in Las Vegas and again in Texas on Oct. 11.

"I don't know that Aaron's would have even looked at it if it wasn't this whole thing that draws attention," Robinson said.

They certainly won't be hard to find. The paint scheme on the truck and the crew's firesuits is primarily pink and includes a "Charlie's Angels"-like logo.

Driver Brendan Gaughn, who won both Texas truck races last year, has no problem with an all-female crew.

"It's an ingenious plan to get a sponsor," he said. "They're a pit crew -- I don't care if they are women. If guys want to have a problem with that, they need to grow up. Shawna wants to prove herself like I want to prove myself."





NASCAR first: All-female pit crew will serve at TMS truck race
April 24, 2003

Two weeks after Annika Sorenstam competes against the men at Colonial in Fort Worth, seven Dallas-area women will make history at Texas Motor Speedway by competing against men in the pits of a NASCAR race.

An all-female pit crew will work with driver Shawna Robinson in the O'Reilly 400.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at TMS on June 6. It will be the first time an all-female pit crew has gone over the wall in a major NASCAR event.

Aaron's Sales and Leasing has agreed to sponsor the truck that is owned by Team Texas president Mike Starr. Team Texas is one of the driving schools at TMS, and TMS officials are behind the plan to debut the all-female team.

"This idea came up a long time ago," TMS general manager Eddie Gossage said. "Then we saw all the attention Annika was getting about playing at Colonial, so we wanted to make this happen, but we didn't want this just to be a token female team. We wanted the women to be able to work a competitive pit stop in the same time frame the guys do it."

A formal announcement was planned for May 16 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Mark Stafford, TMS director of sales, and Kenton Nelson, TMS assistant GM, came up with the idea of an all-female pit crew. An agency was hired to find potential candidates.

"They began going to fitness clubs in the area and talking to women who were interested," Gossage said. "They wanted women who were physically fit and also women who were competitive."

On the clock
Of the 20 women initially selected, only two walked away when told how demanding pit work is and that they should expect to hear whistles and catcalls from spectators. The seven women chosen have been practicing pit stops the last few weeks.

"Mike tried to match them with their abilities to do specific jobs on a pit stop," Gossage said. "It's incredible how much better they've gotten since they began. But it's going to be much different for them when they are trying to do this during a race with other trucks zooming by them and around them."

An all-female pit crew competed in a few Automobile Racing Club of America events several years ago, but it never has happened in NASCAR.

Each of the women has to pay a licensing fee to NASCAR to be certified to work in the pits. Starr hopes the women can perform a 16-second pit stop, which would be a couple of seconds slower than those by the top Winston Cup teams.

"The jack is the toughest job for them," Gossage said. "I'm a big guy, but I can put all my weight on that thing and hardly move it. You have to be really strong. One of the women is doing a good job with it."

Gossage admits all seven of the women are attractive and in their 20s. The women will be flown to Charlotte for the official announcement in May.

They also will make appearances, with show cars, in Dallas-Fort Worth in the weeks before the race. TMS and Aaron's plan to make T-shirts and posters with Robinson and the pit crew.

Test goes well
The women plan to practice at TMS at least twice a week for several hours each day over the next six weeks. They met Robinson for the first time Monday when she came to Fort Worth to test in the truck.

"Shawna was skeptical about this idea until she met the women we selected and talked to them," Gossage said. "Then she went out and ran a lap that would have put her on the front row here last year."

Robinson and her crew will have a Chevrolet truck that is capable of running up front in the race. Irving's David Starr, the nephew of the truck owner, drove the truck to a third-place finish at TMS in 2001.

Robinson, 38, raced in Winston Cup last season and is one of the respected women in auto racing. Last year she was the first woman to race in the Daytona 500 since Janet Guthrie in 1980.

"Shawna has worked hard to climb the ladder," Gossage said. "We wanted to be sure we put together a group of women that could perform their job at the level Shawna deserves."

The media attention Sorenstam has received, along with the recent controversy at The Masters over no female members at Augusta National, were factors in the decision to field the female pit crew.

Gossage said he may contact Martha Burk, chair of the National Council of Women's Organizations, to ask her if she would like to attend the race as a special guest. Burk has pressured Augusta National to accept female members.

"Some of those genteel folks in the golf world have a problem with women playing with the guys and being involved in the clubs," Gossage said. "We've had several women competing at TMS events, and women drivers are in many NASCAR races. So who is more well-rounded? These so-called racing rednecks or those well-educated golf folks?"

MAKING THEIR FIRST PIT STOP
The seven women who will work as the pit crew for driver Shawna Robinson in the O'Reilly 400 NASCAR Craftsman TruckSeries race at Texas Motor Speedway on June 6:

Ann Pratt - BA in finance, body fitness competitor
Sue Webb - Fitness trainer, married mom
Gina Tomaseski - Model, fitness spokeswoman, married mom
Shanda Bronston - Talent agency owner, competitive runner
Geri Parris - Student at Collin County CC
Alaenda Grable - Student at North Texas
Gail Stracener - Fitness trainer








Insider's View: Shawna Robinson
As told to Tim Packman, Turner Sports Interactive October 3, 2002

Hello everyone. First off, I would like to thank all of you for being such loyal fans to me. You are more than just fans, you are a part of me and the challenges and rewards faced every day.

I understand there has been some confusion as to what is going on with me. I can relate to all of that as this has been the most unusual year I have experienced as a driver.

I guess I should just start with the beginning.

In October of 2001, I was asked to run a Winston West race for BAM Racing while I was still under contract with Michael Kranefuss, but, we weren't really running any races. So, I asked Michael if I could race that race with BAM and he said he wasn't crazy about the idea being a one-race deal. But, if I wanted to go race, then go ahead and race.

I knew it would give me some valuable seat time since I had not run Las Vegas yet. Since we didn't have time to test, BAM sent me to attend a driving school there so I could get familiar with the track.

When we got there to run the race, I qualified fifth and broke while running third. Beth Ann and Tony Morganthau, the owners of BAM Racing, were very happy with the run, being our first time out and all. They even wanted to work with me for the 2002 season.

So we discussed a Winston Cup Series deal and started to put the program together. I had to go to Michael and get out of my contract, which he was kind enough to work with me about.

BAM Racing was put together mainly by Eddie Jones, the team manager. He did a wonderful job getting all the pieces together in such a short amount of time. Eddie Sharp was the first crew chief when the season started. I liked Eddie Sharp and he did a great job working with Eddie Jones putting everything together for Daytona.

The only question I had was, 'Did BAM want to go racing with a rookie driver and a rookie crew chief?' That was the only thing I said because I thought it would have been better for the team if we had an experienced crew chief. We all talked about it and decided to move forward toward Daytona.

Daytona was quite the challenge. We made the race on speed, and that was very important for us. I became the second woman to ever start the prestigious Daytona 500. Remember -- we did this as an unsponsored team.

We had some companies approach us about putting their name on the car for the 500, but the owners didn't want to do one-race deals. Instead, they opted to look for a steady sponsor for the whole year.

After Daytona, Eddie Sharp and the team parted ways and BAM promoted Teddy Brown from car chief to crew chief. He was in charge of getting everything together for the Las Vegas race, which was just two races after Daytona.

Teddy was eager to get things moving and he and I seemed to work well together. We had some great tests at Las Vegas and Atlanta and I just felt excited about moving forward. We qualified 36th at Vegas only to have the rear end go bad on us. We went back to the shop and found out what had broken once we took it apart.

As the season went along, we were qualifying and running races. I would have never thought that the first DNQ would come at Talladega. I love the big tracks and we tested better there than we did when preparing for Daytona. So, I felt going in to Talladega that we would have a top-30 qualifying spot.

It seems things started to change right after that.

It is my feeling that Teddy Brown and I were both put in a position that our jobs may have been on a "race-by-race basis." Then, all of a sudden, Ron Hornaday was in the picture.

As I said before, I really jumped in and took that time as a learning situation. I was OK with him being in the car for Charlotte, especially since I did not have the best test there.

But after that, it just became a situation that was out of my control.

And, since then, Teddy has left the team, as well. Now, Scott Eggleston is the crew chief.

When the team first came together, we sat down and talked about what we wanted to accomplish this year. We knew that being a new team was going to make for a tough year. But, the first thing we had to do was get a good engine program.

You'd be surprised how many motor companies told us they didn't want to work with us because they didn't feel we were going to make races. But, we did land the deal with Ernie Elliott to build our engines and that led BAM Racing to the Dodge program.

We knew we needed to make races and learn at every event. And, we felt that by this time of the season we would have been a strong, consistent team.

For the Texas race in April, we qualified 16th. That really helped out my confidence and the team's, too. I really thought we were on our way to bigger and better things.

But in May I was told that Ron Hornaday was going to drive the car so they could get some feedback from a more experienced driver. Yes, I was upset by that as anyone else would be when told they weren't going to drive.

On the other hand, I could see where the owners and such were coming from. So, I went to all the practices and listened to what Ron had to say to the team on the radio. I was at least hoping to learn if I could communicate with the team better if something was wrong with the car.

I tested at Michigan in June, only to be told a few days before that race that I wasn't going to be in the car. Now, here it is a few months later and I still haven't driven since the night race at Daytona.

But, there have been three other drivers that BAM has used.

As much as I understood the deal using Ron Hornaday so the team could learn from him, I haven't seen using some other guys in there. Making it even more confusing is that I am still under contract with BAM.

I realize that if we had a full-time sponsor, some of this might not be happening.

All I want to do is race. I set out as a rookie in Winston Cup Series racing and I knew it would be a year of learning. I was very focused, mentally and physically, to go forward with this race team.

Really, these kinds of situations happen all the time. You change crew chiefs or you change drivers.

I am lucky enough that I have a contract and BAM is looking to put me in some Busch Series races this year. There is no doubt my career is in jepoardy. When you are not in the seat, you are not a racer.

I really just want to race. I would love to run the Busch Series, Truck Series or even the ARCA Series. I know I can drive.

I realize all of this confusion has made things seem very mixed up. Although I am very frustrated about not being in a car, I have to continue to look at the positive of things.

I'm very lucky now to have time to be the best mom I can be to my two children. Tanner, Samantha and I have been very busy with school activities as they are making such amazing changes in learning every day. Sports are big activities throughout the week and into the weekends. As a woman with a full-time career, this has been a time for me to take advantage of all the wonderful things I have in my life to be thankful for.

I continue to speak for "Women in Sports" and have been keeping very busy talking at meetings of various associations and business groups. Television has been an opportunity once in awhile and something I'd like to broaden if the chance presented itself.

There are so many wonderful people who respect and admire what I do; and what I am able to pass on to others.

So, as I search for that sponsor for next season and the traveling and adrenaline begin again, I will continue forward in my goals and to pass things on along the journey.





Female Drivers In Nascar
By: Mark Moore, SpeedwayMedia.com September 25, 2002

I just read an interesting article at TeamRacin.com titled "Why You Won't See Successful Female Driver In Nascar". That got me to thinking.

It looks like Shawna Robinson isn't with the BAM Racing team anymore. In all fairness to her, and the team, I have my suspicions as to why. First of all BAM is a brand new, under funded, and un-sponsored team. It's a "Catch-22" in Nascar that to attract a good sponsor, you have to have a top driver, and to attract a top driver, you need a good sponsor. Perhaps BAM Racing thought that by signing Shawna, they could attract a sponsor quicker than by signing Derrick Cope, or Chad Little for instance, because of the added media attention. A good idea, and a noble way to give Shawna the chance she deserves.

But, despite the best of plans, it appears to have not worked out. Why? Several reasons, I feel. One is, Shawna had been away from racing for a while, and was perhaps a bit rusty, (no, not Wallace). Also as stated before, this was a brand new, under funded team. Not the best way for either Shawna or the team to get started. Add in the economic uncertainty we're going through, and it's easy to see why they had trouble finding sponsorship. One more thing, the team is running Dodges, and, even though I'm a diehard Mopar fan, they may have been better served with a more established manufacturer. It's easier to get parts, and possibly to compare notes.

I don't agree with the views expressed in the other article, that men run the companies, and don't want to sponsor a female driver. This may be true to an extent, but, you know the marketing "gurus" at these companies know the large female fan base Nascar has, and are interested in selling their products. Given the right circumstances, they'll jump at the chance. The situation with BAM wasn't the right circumstance. If a Roush, Childress, or Hendrick had signed her, the sponsors would have been beating down their doors, checkbooks in hand. I do feel Shawna did the best she could, with the situation she had.

I feel, given time, we will see a female, (and/or, a minority), driver with a top team in Winston Cup, and soon. The sponsors and manufacturers would love such an arrangement.






Shawna's a racer.....PERIOD!

Shawna Robinson has been a race driver ahead of her time since she was a 19-year-old slinging a big-rig tractor around Midwest tracks on the Great American Truck Racing tour, where she made her debut in 1980. After setting landmarks in the Goody's Dash Series, NASCAR Touring; NASCAR Busch Series; and ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series Robinson in 2001 is attempting to become the first female driver to compete in more than a couple races in more than 20 years.

After competing with GATR from 1983-88, Robinson moved to NASCAR stock cars in 1988, where she finished third in her debut race in the Goody's Dash Series at Daytona International Speedway. Later that season she became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring event when she won the Dash race at New Asheville (N.C.) Speedway. She was Goody's Dash Most Popular Driver and Rookie of the Year that season.

The next year, she became the first woman to win a NASCAR Touring pole position in a Dash race at I-95 Speedway in Florence, S.C. That was a feat she repeated in 1994 at a much higher level when, after several partial schedules in the Busch Series and one full season, she won the pole for the Busch Light 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a record lap.

After taking the better part of five years off to start a family, in 2000, Robinson, 36, a married mother of a young son and daughter, became the first female to finish in the top-six of a national motorsports oval series, running among the point leaders in ARCA's premier series all season. At the same time, she became the first female to run a full season in a national stock car racing series. She has scored top-10 finishes in virtually half her ARCA starts.

Even after two unsuccessful attempts to qualify for a Winston Cup race, following an unsuccessful shot at the 1995 Daytona 500 and at California Speedway in 2001, Robinson -- unquestionably a woman of note -- downplays the feminine side of the equation. She's a racer, period.

"I never was a cheerleader," she said. "I'm an athlete. I'm probably not coordinated enough to be a cheerleader but that doesn't matter. I've always wanted to compete. And if I compete, I want to win. I was born competitive and that's in my blood. Whatever car I'm in, whatever series I'm running, whatever track I'm racing -- I want to be a factor. I want people to know Shawna Robinson was there."

Thanks to nascar.com!






Contact Me