Through The Esses - Those Damn Woman Drivers (In Grand-Am)
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© Andrew S. Hartwell

The expression "Damn Woman Driver!" has often been used to convey a sense of significant displeasure with the driving habits of the occupants of other road-going vehicles. Typically an incident of poor judgment or inattentive behavior has prompted the refrain from men who see themselves as being better drivers than the members of the fairer sex. For some, the phrase comes readily to the lips when driving on public roads. But at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, the phrase will represent the efforts of at least two women who will look to demonstrate their prowess behind the wheel of a race car. Two 'damn women drivers' who intend to earn the respect of the men they will be racing against.

Julie Allen is the founder of DWD (Damn Woman Driver) Racing Inc., an event management company and racing team located in Danville, VA. She, along with Divina Galica - an established and respected talent who has competed in races from the Panoz GT Women's Challenge to Vintage events to ALMS racing and even in European Truck Racing -will be competing in the Grand Am Cup series race, driving a Nuzzo Motorsports/ DWD Racing Mini-Cooper S in the ST class. The #21 Sleep Inn/ Sunoco/ VHTA Mini will be pressing on at speed looking to establish the DWD pair as potent adversaries in a sport so long dominated by men.

We talked with Julie Allen this week and learned all about her new team, her background in the sport and her aspirations for the future. A press release on her web site (www.dwdracing.com) provided some background. "She began her racing career as Membership Director for Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) and then advanced to Marketing Director. Julie recently served as Marketing Director for Virginia International Raceway."

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