5 Women Who Could Tear Up the Go Kart Track in Toronto

November 04, 2015

More and more women are getting into motorsport racing, something that’s traditionally been considered a male endeavour.

The beauty about motorsports is that because it involves the racing or competing with machines, men and women are on a completely equal footing and can easily compete against one another.

We take a look at some of the top lady racers who got their start in go-karts.

1. Danica Patrick.

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Danica Patrick

While she left the go-karts behind long ago, former IndyCar and current NASCAR driver Danica Patrick got her start on the small tracks racing go-karts in and around her home of Roscoe, Illinois when she was a pre-teen and teen.

Prior to winning the Indy Japan 300 in 2008 and being the top finishing female in the Indianapolis 500 in 2009 (3rd) and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011 (4th), Patrick won the World Karting Association Grand National Championship three times throughout the 1990s.

 

2. Alice Powell

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Alice Powell

This young woman from Chipping Norton in the United Kingdom has the goal of becoming the first successful British woman to compete in F1. She’s well on her way, being the first female to win a Formula Renault race in the UK, a series where the cars race up to 150mph wheel-to-wheel.

She got her start on an indoor go-kart racing track at the tender age of eight and has been going strong ever since.

 

3. Sarah Marie Fisher

Born in 1980 in Ohio, Fisher now runs Sarah Fisher Racing, which she started in 2008. However, before becoming the first and only female IndyCar team owner (as well as the youngest IndyCar team owner) she raced go-karts and quarter midgets when she was a child and teenager.

Fisher has many records to her name as a female racer, including setting the track qualifying record at Kentucky Speedway with a qualifying speed of 221.390 mph. That’s a lap time of 24.0661 seconds, which is a record that still stands today.

4. Alison MacLeod

Making her go-kart racing debut at seven, MacLeod, who was born in 1989 in Mississauga, ON, is the winningest female racer in United States Auto Club (USAC) history. She quickly stepped up from 4-cycle sprint karts to 80cc shifter karts by age 11 and by the time she was a teenager, she had won numerous championships on the USAC circuit.

Today, MacLeod is more likely to be seen behind a camera than in a car, having started a lucrative photography career.

5. Maryeve Dufault

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Marveye Dufault

This Quebec native, born in 1982, actually got her start in motocross at age four, but switched to go-karts at age eight. From there, she eventually made her way into NASCAR racing.

Aside from racing, Dufault is also an actress and model, endeavours she is currently pursuing.

For its part, Grand Prix Kartways promotes females in racing by actively trying to get more girls interested in go-kart racing in Toronto. To do this, the company has partnered with Sweetie Girl Racing to present the Ladies Driving Clinic Series, a program for girls 10 and older that teaches them go-kart basics. Clinics run Saturdays and Sundays from September to May.

The next great female go-kart racer is out there and GPK wants to find her!

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