WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it was to place first in class after all the bad luck and poor driving decisions I’ve made the past few months.  But it was a whirlwind weekend, let me tell you.

It started off with me not going to sleep at all on Thursday night, and getting on a 6am flight from DC to LAX.  It was just easier to not sleep.  I was lucky enough to secure a Dodge Charger SRT8 through my RoadflyTV contacts, so I had some wheels while I was out there.  Good thing too because I had to hightail it out to CBS to do a quick interview on KCAL 9, and then bust a move for tech up at Barstow.

This was a race I did as a part of Courage Girl Motorsports.  The MORE Powder Puff Race for the Cure features all female drivers and co-drivers, with all proceeds going to Cedar Sinai Breast Cancer Research Center.  Each year the race raises over $100K through team donations, a raffle, and our entry fees.  It’s one of the best races of the season and it was great to be doing it with my Courage Girls Michele, Martee, and Pepper.  You can read more about us at www.teamcourageracing.com

While at tech we talked to people, handed out calendar pre-orders (have you ordered yours?  you should), took some photos, and did a few interviews for a DVD coming out about the Powder Puff.  But really all we wanted to do was go to bed so we could get up and RACE!

The next morning Martee and Michele took off in Grace for the morning race.  Grace is emblazoned with over 400 names of breast cancer survivors, fighters, angels, and previvors.  Such a sight to see her racing across the Barstow desert.  She finished 3rd in class with an average speed of 24.7mph.

My co-dawg Pepper and I got in the car, now named Christine because she sucks you dry and tries to kill you, for the afternoon race around 11:45.  It’s always so nerve wracking to be sitting there in staging, waiting to start.  All I can think about is how much I have to pee, how my helmet is too heavy, how much I’m already sweating.  And then magically…we start and there is nothing but the road ahead and the wheel in my hands.

Pepper was fantastic in the car, calling corners and cautions, encouraging me to throttle down and pass (Trophy Trucks!  We passed Trophy Trucks and Class 1 cars!), and telling me patience when Christine’s rear end started kicking out.  And the end result?  First in class and the car was still running.  Holy crap!  And I was so close to getting a 40mph average but alas 39.5mph was all that was to be had.

So what is next?  I need to take stock of money and schedules and see if we can squeeze in one more race.  We are really focusing on raising money for the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, a 9 day all female rally in Morocco with no GPS.  You can buy a calendar or donate at www.rally.org/teamcouragegazelles

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