When someone uses the term “open-wheel” in the world of auto racing, they could be discussing more than just the IndyCar or Formula 1 Series. Other open-wheel series include the NASCAR Whelen Modified Series (open-wheel stock cars), the United States Auto Club (USAC) Sprint and Midget Series, and the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. These three women are making names for themselves in these series, and aiming for the “big leagues.”
Alison Macleod – the Mississauga, Ontario, Canada native is a USAC standout. Born June 29, 1989, Macleod got her start in go-karts at age seven; by 2004, she had nine karting championships in Ontario and New York State to her credit, and caught the attention of Ford Racing. She graduated to the USAC midget ranks in 2005, as part of Ford’s Driver Development Program, teamed with car builder Bob East of B.East Chassis. She is currently the winningest female driver in USAC history, racing in the Regional Midget Division; in 2009, she placed second in season ending points. Macleod recently signed a two-year agreement with Venturini Motorsports in the ARCA Series, making her a teammate to her close friend, Alli Owens. Macleod hopes to attempt six or seven ARCA races this season.
Becca Anderson – Anderson is not only an accomplished racer, but an accomplished athlete overall. In junior high and high school, she played field hockey, basketball, and softball, and was going to attend college on a sports scholarship until the college told her racing was out of the question. She decided to continue racing and attend community college, earning an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Racing since age 11, the Delaware native has raced micros, 358, 360, and 410 Sprints, and in 2006 raced in the World of Outlaws Series for Woodring Racing. Anderson has been a part of Lyn St. James’ Women in the Winner’s Circle Programs and St. James’ Driver Development Program.
Renee Dupuis – Dupuis began racing in quarter-midgets at four years of age; by age 15, she moved into Pro Four Modifieds. In 1996, she started competing in the NASCAR Modified Series at the now-defunct Riverside Park Speedway in Massachusetts, winning Rookie of the Year that year and becoming the first and only woman to win a NASCAR Modified event in the track’s history. Today, Dupuis races on the NASCAR Whelens Modified Tour, the first female driver to record top ten finishes and front row starting positions in the series. Dupuis is a member of St. James’ Automotive Team and a graduate of the Driver Development Program.
Dean Mcnulty, “Canuck Alison Macleod signs a deal to drive in ARCA Series,” torontosun.com
“All About Becca,” becca-anderson.com
“Meet Renee,” reneedupuis.com