We’ve talked about how many professional race car drivers got their start racing Toronto go karts. Many of those driver are female. More girls are seen on Toronto go kart tracks every day, beginning their race careers at a very young age.
Danica Patrick, the most successful woman in the history racing and the only woman to win in the IndyCar Series, started her career in go karts when she was 10 years old. She wemt on to win several World Karting Association track championships.
Another go-karter, Sarah Marie Fisher is the youngest and only IndyCar Series team owner. While growing up, she raced quarter midgets and karts to win the World Karting Association Grand National Championship in 1991, 93 and 94.
Two famous female Canadian racers also started their careers in Toronto go karts. The driver with the most wins in USAC history, Canadian Alison McCleod developed a passion the Toronto go kart track when she raced her first go kart at age 7 in Mississauga, Ontario. NASCAR driver and fashion model MaryEve DuFault grew up in a racing family in Canada and caught racing fever at the young age of 4. She moved up to open-wheel racing and eventually the ARCA circuit. She often talks about how physically demanding racing is – even in go karting.
Toronto go karter and professional driver Ashley Taws was first also began racing at the age of nine, when her father brought home a go kart for her brother. Ashley and Doug Taws shared the kart alternating weekends, racing at the Toronto Kart Club. In her first year, Ashley placed seventh. The next year, she placed second at the end of the season. At age 12, she was named Toronto go kart Rookie of the year. She finished that season with a Canadian Grand National Championship. She broke into professional racing in 1998 and is best known for her hot pink car she drove in the Formula 1200 competition in 2001 racing on the “Be Anything With Barbie” team.
Grand Prix Kartways is doing its part to promote women in Toronto go karting. It partners with Sweetie Girl Racing to present SGR’s Ladies Driving Clinic Series each year. This great program for age 10 and older gets girls on the track and teaches them all the basics of karting, whether or not they have driven a Toronto go kart before. Clinics are held on Saturdays and Sundays from held from September to May.
Toronto Go karting at GPK is a great way for girls to break into the race world. Come take a ride around the track today. And who knows, maybe you will be crossing the finish line at Indy one day.