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First Women Race Car Driver

Race Car Drivers / June 2, 2020

There's petrol power, there's turbo power and there's girl power. The following ten women taught the most lessons to all the men clogging up the racetracks.

10.) Denise McCluggage

Seen in this photo with Fangio and Stirling Moss, Denise McCluggage was not only a great journalist but an established racer with the following accomplishments:

  • Winner of the Nassau Ladies Race 1 on December 8, 1956 in a Porsche 550
  • Winner of the Watkins Glen Grand Prix Ladies Race September 20, 1957 in a Porsche 550.
  • Winner of the Nassau Ladies Races 1 and 2 on December 7, 1957, driving a Porsche 550 again.
  • 1st in the GT category at the Sebring 12 Hours in 1961, driving a Ferrari 250. She placed in 10th in the overall standings.
  • Winner of the Copa de Damas at the Grand Prix of Venezuela, driving her Porsche 550.
  • 1st in her class at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, driving a Ford Falcon.

The only journalist to be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

Suggested By: reverberocket is nipping the apex, Photo Credit: Denise McCluggage

9.) Hellé Nice

Being one of the pioneers of female motor racing, Hellé Nice set a new world land speed record for women driving an Omega-Six in 1929. Sleeping with Philippe de Rothschild and meeting Ettore Bugatti did help her career and after numerous hillclimbs and rallies, she participated in five major Grands Prix in 1931 driving a Bugatti Type-35C.

7.) Pat Moss

Sister of Sir Stirling Moss and the author of The Art Technique of Driving Pat Moss was so successful at rallying that we still don't get what her brother was on about.

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5.) Jutta Kleinschmidt

What's the toughest race in the world? The Dakar. She won it in 2001 with Mitsubishi.

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3.) Lyn St. James

She is one of the seven women who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500. She also has two victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 1 win at the 12 Hours of Sebring and competed twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.