These women make their money on the track, the NASCAR racing track that is! These beauties entertain fans in the fast and exciting world of race car driving. But underneath their hardy helmets are beautiful and daring women who put it on the line in every car race.
The Playboy Model: Jessica Barton
Her beauty proceeds herself and she is sure to let everyone know that she is one of the hottest there is in the racing world. Jessica Barton is a skilled drag-racer, a TV host and model. She’s done modified Playboy shoots and pictorials for FHM. Yes, she is a sight to see but she is mostly known for her 1994 Toyota Supra.
Her Supra beat the likes of a Skyline and Lamborghini during the TX2K12 event. It had the horsepower of 1165. It sounds like she could have been a great addition to the Fast & Furious films.
Racing Is In Her Blood: Courtney Force
29-year-old Courtney Force is a NHRA drag racer, whose sister (Ashley Force Hood) and father (John Force) are drivers as well. She followed in her sister’s and father’s footsteps by competing in NHRA Top Fuel Funny Car racing. She was the first woman to qualify in the number one position and actually went on to be crowned the winner of the event in the 2013 season.
It goes without saying that she is one of the hottest women in racing, and has even graced the cover of ESPN’s The Body Issue. This Californian beauty is a former high school cheerleader and has a communications degree from Cal State Fullerton. She married well, with IndyCar racer Graham Rahal as her husband.
She Grew Up At The Track: Cyndie Allemann
Cyndie Allemann is a Swiss race car driver. Her brother is a driver by the name of Ken Allemann. She has the distinction of being the first female driver to compete in the 2012 Super GT series.
Allemann was no stranger to the track before she took to racing. That is because her father is a former Swiss kart champion (Kurt Allemann) and her sister is Ken Alleman, who is also a very talented driver. Allemann started her career when she was seven-years-old as a go-kart driver before she switched to racing cars in 2004.
Coming In Hot: Ashley Force Hood
Ashley Force Hood is Courtney Force’s sister and the daughter of the legendary John Force. She must get her skills from her father because she is an extremely talented driver. Hood won three of five races in her rookie year of the Top Alcohol Dragster Series.
Back in 2007, Hood was honored as the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series Rookie of the year. Not only that, she was the first women to grab a professional NHRA Funny Car win. The irony in that one, she competed against her father. After giving birth to her first child, she retired to focus on her family.
Born To Race: Shannon McIntosh
28-year-old Shannon McIntosh began her career at Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing in 2011. In 2012, she was the only female competitor in the US F2000 National Championship. Not only does she have the looks but she has the competitive spirit too. When the prospect of competing for Cunningham Motorsports came to her, she was more than ready. Today she competes in the ARCA Racing Series.
Amazingly, the Ohio native started racing at the age of five and has had an exciting career and we definitely will be seeing more of McIntosh.
Like Mother, Like Daughter: Madalena Antas
Madalena Antas is a race car driver from Portugal. She is also a professional model. That dull explanation of who she is is how Portugal views her. Luckily for her, in America, she is seen as one of the most beautiful female drivers in the world of racing.
Not only has Antas competed in the Dakar rally and plenty of other rally events, she excels in them as well. Her mother was a motorsports expert, Teresa Cupertino De Miranda and Antas is following in her mother’s path. She blazes the course and blazes the cover of men’s magazines along the way.
Scotland’s Finest: Susie Wolff
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Hailing from Scotland, Susie Wolff is a former race car driver and a development driver for a Formula One team. She is the most successful Scottish driver and also the fourth lady driver to race in a Formula One car. Many ladies on this list are pioneers in their own right and that includes Wolff.
She has made her way up in the racing world, having raced in the Formula Renault, DTM Series, and Formula Three. In the DTM series, she competed for Mercedes Benz. In 2011 she married, in November of 2015 she announced her retirement and in 2017 she gave birth to her son.
The Nature Lover: Leilani Munter
Leilani Munter is a race car driver and an activist with a degree in Biology. She is a professional ARCA series driver and is a great superstar for more than just racing. She got her degree from UCSD (University of California San Diego) and announced her work as an environmental activist. (She is a vegan and her current car is a Tesla Model S, that she charges using solar panels.) Her mother is Japanese-Hawaiian and her father is German, making her ‘hapa’.
Throw in that she is a beautiful face in motorsports, Munter is the complete package. Every male who loves cars probably had a crush on Munter at one point or the other. She has brains, beauty and the passion for driving. Can’t beat all of that!
Miss Hawaiian Tropic: Maryeve Dufault
Maryeve Dufault was Miss Hawaiian Tropic International in 2000 and the first Miss Hawaiian Tropic winner from Quebec. She is not only a race car driver but a model as well. She uses her modeling money to fund her racing career. After the 2011 ARCA series where Dufault finished 16th, that is when she became more well-known in the sport.
She has always loved racing even well before she hit the professional scene. She has been racing since she was four but before she went to the track seriously, she was more into modeling.
She’ll Get Naked: Inessa Tushkanova
Professional model and rally car racer Inessa Tushkanova caught the attention of every man interested in motorsports from the moment she stepped onto the scene. The Ukraine native started modeling at 17 years old and took an interest in motorsports soon after. She bought a Suzuki Jigster motorcycle, her first obsession, before jumping into amateur rally car racing. Since then she’s won the 2011 Russian Racing Cup, 2013 Dutch Time Attack, and the 2014 Ladies Trophy ERC Latvia. Oh yeah, she has also landed on the cover of three issues of Playboy magazine, completely nude.
The Twins: Amber And Angela Christine Cope
Angela has a twin sister named Amber Cope who is also a NASCAR driver. Angela and Amber made NASCAR history on October 23, 2010, by being the first twins to compete in one of its top three series. Not only are they two of the hottest women in motorsports but they could take that title in many other sports as well.
They receive mentoring from their legend of an uncle, Derrike Cope. Angela has been in more races than her sister Amber but the pair still audiences in a frenzy when they show up together.
The Pioneer: Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick is the most successful woman NASCAR drivers in the history of American open-wheel racing. Patrick has many firsts in Nascar to her name, as she pioneers the sport for women. In 2017 she became the first woman to lead for 7 laps in the Coca-Cola 600, and soon after led the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500, cementing her place as a respected NASCAR racer.
Patrick started her IndyCar Series career in 2005 and began racing in NASCAR Series in 2012. She now has many awards and achievements to her name, including the 2005 IndyCar Series season Rookie of the Year, and 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series Most Popular Driver.
The Triple Threat: Milka Duno
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Milka Duno has been racing since she was 24 years old, a late start compared to most professionals. The Venezuelan bombshell was a professional model before starting her racing career, which caught the attention of media and plenty of men.
Duno is the first Latin American women driver to participate in the NASCAR national series. She has multiple class wins and overall wins. She has proved that she is a strong competitor on the track and a beautiful cover girl at the same time. Duno is a triple threat of talent, beauty, and brains, as she has also earned four masters degrees and has worked as a naval engineer.
The Veterinarian: Cassie Gannis
Cassie Gannis is a race car driver and veterinarian technician at a Phoenix-based animal hospital. She is also a spokesman for the Boys and Girls Club.
“When I was young, I was a very good swimmer. I seemed to be in the water more than out,” she said. “I was on the swim team since I was 5, well on my way to becoming a great competitive swimmer. When I was 10, I started racing (quarter midget) cars. I was winning and discovered my passion for racing as well! But at age 12, I was diagnosed with scoliosis. My curve was called a 15 percent left thoracic curve. I was told I needed to wear a back brace to prevent the curve from advancing.”
A Racing Student Since 7-Years-Old: Erin Crocker
Erin Crocker is a race car driver who first got behind the wheel at the age of seven. Crocker is a student of the sport as well and is always humbled by experiences she goes through. When she won a starting position for the ARCA 200 ARCA RE/MAX series, she was ecstatic.
“Of course, it’s a thrill to be just sitting here – sitting in victory lane – taking pictures at Daytona,” Crocker said. “I used to come here when I was younger. It’s an honor to say that I sat up on a pole at Daytona in anything.” In 2009 Crocker married her former boss and the owner of the racing team, Ray Evernham. Together they have a daughter.
The Country Girl: Kim Crosby
Kim Crosby is a stock car driver and professional driving instructor. In 2004, she announced her split with Black Cat Racing and it caused quite a stir in the racing community for whatever reason. “I lived up 100% to my obligations with Black Cat Racing,” said former NHRA driver Kim Crosby. “I came down this week with every hopes of making my first Busch Series event, however things did not go as originally planned, and I felt it was in the best interest of my racing career to sever all ties with BCR.”
The former NASCAR Busch Series competitor is also a professional driving instructor and gets behind the wheel of the monster trucks. Crosby is an outdoorsy type, living in Kentucky where she loves to hunt and fish.
The Biker Babe: Tammy Jo Kirk
Tammy Jo Kirk is a racecar and motorcycle driver. She was at one point, the only women winner of the Snowball Derby Super Late Model race until an 18-year-old won the race taking away Kirk as the sole female winner. Kirk handled it like a true champion when asked about it. “That is so cool,” said Kirk, when told about Long’s victory. “I had heard that girl was the track champion down there last year. Congratulations to her.” She could have taken the bitter route but she kept it very professional as anyone could.
Her entire career she fought for better sponsorship for the women competing in racing and had to pull out of races because she didn’t have the car parts and support to compete. For this reason, she left the racing cars for racing motorcycles.
The Rancher: Tina Gordon
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Tina Gordon is a former NASCAR driver. She was also a spokesperson for Sticks ‘N’ Stuff furniture. Her last name might be Gordon but she is not related to the famous Jeff Gordon or Robby Gordon. Her debut in the ARCA was way back in 2001 where she qualified 5th and finished 10th.
2001 is when she also made her Busch Series debut. The only thing, she didn’t have full sponsorship so the crew decided to pack it up after one lap so she technically finished last. But like a true competitor, her next race was her best race. Outside of racing, she competes in rodeos and horse shows and founded a therapeutic horse camp for the disabled.
The Boss: Jennifer Jo Cobb
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Jennifer Jo Cobb is a stock car driver and team owner competing in NASCAR truck world series and other various events. She also owns Jo Cobb Racing and the cars she races like a boss.
There is something to be said for a lady who is independent and fierce on that level. We haven’t talked about her looks but do you see her? Hopefully, for the men, they don’t fall too easily cause pulling up next to her when you are about to pass her may cause you to have a soft spot and let her pass you.
The Swiss Star: Natacha Gachnang
This Swiss racer not only carries remarkable skill on the track but she also boasts great looks. Her resume includes FIA F2 Championships and Le Man’s 24 hours. She is one of the few women to have completed the LE Mans.
So we have another pioneer of the sport making their way to the list. It’s great when you see women making steps that put them closer to an equal playing field as all the men out there who don’t have to go over that many hurdles to compete.
The Floridian: Johanna Long
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Aside from Danica Patrick, Johanna Long might be the most household name in the NASCAR community. She is young and active and she has some of the best skills you have seen on the track. Not only that, look at her smile, isn’t it just amazing? She is easily a top contender for the best woman driver in all of the world. In 2010 she won the Snowball Derby, and competed in 42 races over the course of three years.
In 2016 she married fellow short track driver Hunter Robbins, who is also an engineer for Kyle Busch Motorsports.
The Queen of Controversy: Tia Norfleet
Hailing from Suffolk, Va., Tia Norfleet is a drag racing and stock car racing driver. You could say that racing is in her blood since her father is none other than NASCAR driver Bobby Norfleet. She became interested in racing when she was just seven years old and doubled the battery power of a Hot Wheels Barbie car to make it go faster.
Although many thought Tia was on her way to a successful career in racing, controversy surrounding her personal and professional life have derailed her efforts. She has numerous criminal offenses on her record and is believed to have lied about her age and other factors in order to obtain her NASCAR license.
Little Sis: Claire Decker
At just 22 years old, Claire Decker is a force to be reckoned with. The young woman is a professional stock car racing driver who hails from Eagle River, Wisconsin. She has proved herself a worthy component, competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, in which she placed 10th.
Claire comes from a competitive family and is the daughter of a snowmobile racer. Besides her dad, the whole Decker family participates in snowmobile racing and has even competed against fellow NASCAR driver Danica Patrick. Impressively enough, Claire isn’t the only female in her family to be a professional driver…
Big Sis: Paige Decker
Paige Decker is the older sister of Claire Decker and is a professional stock racing driver. She has also competed in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series as well as the Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Drive for Diversity.
Coming from a family of snowmobile races, Paige started racing snowmobiles at just three years old. She got a go-kart when was nine and discovered her love of racing vehicles beyond the snow. Although her best finish so far has been 66th, she is continuing to race and hopes to place in the top 10 in the Xfinity Series. When she’s not racing for NASCAR, she is pursuing her degree in early childhood education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
The Teenager: Natalie Decker
The Decker girls are everywhere! Natalie Decker is the younger cousin of Clair and Paige and made her NASCAR debut when she was just 18 years old.
Like her cousins, Natalie took an interest in go-karting when she was just a kid and won four go-karting competitions in two years. In 2011, she moved up to the Super Stock class and won the class championship at Marshfield Motor Speedway. In addition to her debut with NACAR, she was a competitor in the Alan Kulwicki Driver Development as well as the Drive for Diversity. As of 2017, she is racing for Venturini Motorsports.
Mara Reyes was born in Pachuca, Mexico in 1977. This beauty made her racing debut in 1987 when she was just 10 years old as her father’s co-driver in the Mexico-Cuernavaca Rally. She made her debut as an official driver four years later in a regional championship where she drove a tubular VW Beetle.
Mara continued to race is a variety of series, eventually placing fifth in her first race at the 1997 Mustang Series. However, due to her lack of sponsorship, she had to withdraw. She didn’t let this get her down though and continued to compete in various races through the next decade, eventually became the first Latin woman ever to drive in the NASCAR Busch Series.
The Cancer Survivor: Shawna Robinson
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Shawna Robinson is a NASCAR legend. A professional stock car racing driver, she was a competitor in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series. Shawna’s passion for racing started in childhood and had a very successful career early on. She raced in 61 races over a seven-tear period placing third in a top-level NASCAR sanctioned race.
Following Shawna’s NASCAR career, she focused on her family and her other career as an interior designer. In March 2014, she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, which had spread to her lymph nodes. She underwent chemo and radiation therapy and entered remission in September 2015.
Mackena Bell is a professional stock car racing driver who has been racing since she was just five years old. Starting with a trust go-kart, Mackena moved up to Legend cars and started racing Late Models when she was 18 years old.
Mackena participated in NASCAR’sDrive for Diversity program, competing in six races in 2010. In 2013, she recorded two top-five finishes but experienced a crash the following season. She did not return for the 2015 season.
Natalie Sather is an American auto racing driver whose interest in driving started when she was just a child. As a Kindergartener, Natalie would bring die-cast cars to show-and-tell. At nine years old, she got her first go-kart and won her a go-kart championship at 16.
She transitioned from go-karts to sprint cars after her win. Not soon after, Natalie was involved in a crash during a race that left her with three compound fractures in her right leg. Miraculously, she returned to racing just four months later. She made her NASCAR debut in 2008 and went on to have 13 top-fives in her first 17 races.
Caitlin Shaw is an American stock car driver from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her career began in 1999 when she competed in the Quarter Midget’s of American organization. She transitioned to the USAC ranks until making her NASCAR debut in 2008.
Caitlin competed in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series in early 2009 and accumulated numerous top-ten finishes. Later that year she was the only woman to race in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. While she still races, Caitlin works part-time at Michael Waltrip Racing in the communication and marketing departments.
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Chrissy Wallace is an American stock car racing driver and the daughter of NASCAR driver Mike Wallace and niece of Rusty and Kenny Wallace. Chrissy comes from a long line of professional racers and became the first female driver to ever win at Hickory Motor Speedway in 2007.
Since then, she has made her debut at NASCAR in the Craftsman Truck Series, where she finished 18th in the #03 truck for Toyota. She raced in six races during her first season and finished a career best 13th in the Mountain Dew 250.
Nicole Behar is a fifth-generation racer who began go-kart racing at just six years old. She entered the K&N Pro Series West with her family team in 2014 and finished 6th out of 17 cars in her first race.
She became a woman to watch the next season when she took home the second-place with at the King Taco Catering/NAPA Auto Parts 150. This won her an invitation into the NASCAR Next program from promising young drivers. Not even of legal drinking age, Nicole has made a name for herself in the world of racing. In early 2016, she relocated to Moorseville, North Carolina so she could be closer to the hub of racing.
Like many other NASCAR drivers, Jessica Brunelli’s life has revolved around racing from a young age. From quads to modifieds, she has taken every opportunity to race since she was just seven years old.
Jessica started her career racing go-karts winning two regional championships before transitioning to bigger, faster cars. She made her NASCAR debut in 2009 in the Whelen All-American Series Modified division in Roseville, California. She finished third with 10 tops-fives and 13 top-tens and took home two trophy dash races and earned the Rookie of the Year title.
Kristin Bumbera began racing go-karts at eight years old. She honed her skills and realized she wanted something more so her parents began looking for a fast, yet safe vehicle. They discovered the Super Mini Cup race on television and knew that was Kristin’s next step.
Kristin competed at Hoston Motorsports Park in one of her dad’s late models when she was just 15 and realized she wanted to pursue her racing career full time. She graduated early from high school and applied for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity, earning a spot. She’s gone on to take home multiple NASCAR wins.
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Erica Thiering is the first woman to ever win a NASCAR Whelen All American Series championship. She began her career in 2006 at Edmonton International Speedway, competing in a 1991 Honda Accord. In her first year on the track, she placed fourth out of 40 competitors and went on the win the championship in her second season.
Erica has gone on to compete in the World Series of Asphalt, the NASCAR Pinty’s Series, and the NASCAR Whelen All American Series. She is a sponsored driver on Canada’s Best Race Team.
Isabelle Tremblay is unique in the world of female drivers. She didn’t become an auto pilot until she was 35—the age when most drivers retire. Isabelle started her professional life as a real estate agent before making a drastic change and pursuing racing. She made her debut in October 2008 in a 200-lap endurance race alongside 97 others drivers. She entered merely to participate in something new and ended up winning.
Not taking anything for granted, Isabelle began training, watching videos of races, reading everything she could, and practicing in race simulators. She went on to race in the first Formula 1600 race and became the only woman to date to have won on this unique road circuit.
With beauty, brands, and racing skills, Julia Landauer might just be the total package. The professional stock car racing driver began racing go-karts when she was just a young girl, eventually moving to racing car and becoming the first female champion of a Skip Barber Racing Series.
She caught the attention of Bill McAnally in 2009 and joined the racing team in select Late Model races, eventually receiving an invite to be part of the NASCAR Next program. When she’s not on the track, Julia can be found giving motivational speeches. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in science and technology, she gave a TEDxStandford talk and began advocating for women in sport, education. Forbes has named her on their list of 30 Under 30 brightest entrepreneur, innovators and game changers.
Following several years of go-karting, this Italian beauty drove in four rounds of the Citroen C! Cup—the youngest competitor to do so in Italian racing history. Although she did well, she was unsatisfied with the C1 and moved up to the Italian Touring Car Endurance Championship in a BMW 120d in 2008.
Wanting to advance further, she gravitated towards GT racing, competing in the Coppa Shell Ferrari Challenge the next year. Six years later, she was invited by NASCAR to race in the Whelen Euroseries. She ended up finishing in eighth place.
Erika Monforte hails from Zoppola, a comune in the Province of Pordenone in Italy. Born in 1989, this young woman has already made a name for herself in the racing world. Erika began racing on amateur tracks in March 2006, wanting to follow in her father, Maurizio’s, footsteps as he was a professional driver until 1988.
Erika has participated at the Abarth 500 Italia as well as the Mugello Circuit and the Superstars GT Sprint Championship with a Porsche 997. She made her NASCAR debut in April 2014, placing 9th and winner the female category. When she’s not busy racing, Erika is the mother of two daughters, Matilde and Sofia.
Zihara Esteban was born in Spain in 1995 and became enthralled in the world of motorsports when she was just a child. At just 16 years old, Zihara competed in the Cilo Cup and then continued to become a pilot over the next two years.
Now at 22 years old, she is the only female pilot in the RMC scholarship and continues to pursue a professional career in rallying. On rallying, Zihara has said, “The interesting thing about rallying is to compete against yourself at your own times. It is an adventure since each pass on the same stretch is different. You don’t know what you’ll find after every blind curve.”