Wednesday, November 17, 2010

WIN Series UPDATE - Caitlin Shaw

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"I'm not trying to set the world on fire right now. I want to get seat time."

Caitlin Shaw breaks record with her
qualifying attempt at Phoenix

In a recent interview regarding the progression of female drivers in the NASCAR family, Jennifer Jo Cobb, DeLana Harvick and Lyn St. James commented on the possible addition of a sixth female in the 2010 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, breaking a record, which stands currently at five, set in 2009.

Caitlin commented on her record-breaking attempt for last week's Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix:

"It's pretty cool to be a part of that," Shaw said. "But I think that really, whether you're male or female, it's about having the experience and the sponsorship behind you."

I have no doubt that New Mexico native Caitlin Shaw, will be adding her name to the list of Truck Series drivers, Amber Cope, Angela Cope, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Johanna Long and Michelle Theriault, next season. Caitlin has been involved with racing in one way or another since she was 9 years old. Proud parents Kelly and Leslie Shaw had no idea that one day Caitlin would follow in her father’s footsteps.

Her first race was at the age of 10 competing in the quarter midget division. She made her way up to the Senior Novice Division, taking second as a rookie. Next up was the mini sprint series, in which not only was Caitlin the youngest driver to race the series, but she was the first and only female.

In July 2009, Caitlin made her NASCAR debut in the CWTS at O'Reilly Raceway Park. Caitlin qualified 32nd and ended up finishing 24th in Tom DeLoach’s #1 Red Horse Racing Toyota Tundra machine. Caitlin commented after the race, "It was such an adrenaline rush!"

UPDATE:
Caitlin qualified 33rd for the Lucas Oil 150 in the No. 72 Chevrolet for DMG Racing. Her attempt set the record for the most women (six) competing in a single season of  NASCAR's top three series. Caitlin's night ended early when she spun on lap 88 and hit the wall in turn 4. She finished 30th.
 
After the race Caitlin tweeted this:

"My 2nd NCWTS race was a great experience. Unfortunately I rolled in a little higher/harder to set up a pass and lost grip on the track......but it was a great learning experience. I want to thank Mario, Johnny Chapmann, DGM Racing, and all of you for your support. Thank you!"


Also on Twitter, Caitlin stated that, "I'm planning to run a partial schedule. I don't have anything confirmed though."

Below you will find a video posted on her weekend at Phoenix-



Related links:
Shaw could be part of history in Truck Series start
Women in NASCAR: Caitlin Shaw

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