Kelly Sutton began racing when she was just ten years old. Obviously back then she wasn’t driving real cars, but as far as kids in racing karts go, she was outstanding. Ever since she was little, Sutton knew that she was going to be a great racing driver when she got older. This dream was delayed when the ambitious driver was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 16.
A potentially crippling disease of the brain and spinal cord which causes a person’s immune system to attack his own body. Through much commitment, optimism, and hard work, the athlete ultimately reached her goals. Sutton was able to begin officially racing in NASCAR a few years later when she competed in the Old Dominion Speedway race.
Kristin Bumbera - The Brand
Kristin Bumbera took her NASCAR career and transformed it into her own thriving racing brand. She signed endorsement deals, made appearances at numerous attractions and events, and even posted her racing programs on her website. These days, Bumbera is mostly retired from her once-impressive professional racing career and has racked up some incredible stats, which include 16 wins, 53 top 5's, and 97 top 10's, at least according to her website.
Throughout her NASCAR career, Bumbera received two Rookies of the Year titles, and was accredited as NASCAR's Drive for Diversity “Participant of the Year.” Today she is not very active on social media and the racing scene but according to the few posts she has published, she is busy with her two young sons.
Cyndie Allemann - Swiss Champion
Cyndie Allemann is one of Switzerland's most popular female race car drivers. She competed in many racing events since her debut in 1997, including the Renault Speed Trophy F2000, Formula 3 Euro Series, Firestone Indy Lights, and most recently, the ADAC GT Masters. The veteran racer has driven some of the best cars you'll ever see, including a Ford GT, an Audi R8 LMS, and various other awesome supercars.
Cyndie’s career has quieted down in recent years, but she's still very much alive on social media, with a successful Instagram with over 65,000 followers. Her last race was in Dubai, where she rode one mean looking formula car. Now she's a proud mother to her son, Liam, who was born just last year.
Erica Thiering - Alberta Star
Erica Thiering is a seven-time NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champion and started her racing career when she was just a teen. She began in the Edmonton International Raceways four-cylinder class. Her last stint was in the Canadian Tire Series in 2015. Thiering dedicates many of her races to her sister, Erica, who had passed away in 2016.
The Canadian race car driver comes from Sherwood Park, Alberta. While she is passionate about raising, her real dream is to one day become an astronaut. It’s not every day that an unknown racer from Alberta makes it to NASCAR, which just goes to show that with enough talent, hard work, and dedication — anything is possible.
Erika Monforte - Abarth 500 Italia Contender
Erika Monforte was born in 1989 in Zoppola, a commune in the Province of Pordenone, Italy. She displayed great promise as a racing driver from a rather young age and made her first attempt to compete in the amateur tracks more than 1o years ago Her father, Maurizio Monforte, was also a professional racing driver and retired back in 1998.
The Italian race car driver got herself into a few serious races over the years, including the Abarth 500 Italia as well as the Mugello Circuit and the Superstars GT Sprint Championship with a Porsche 997. In mid-2014, Erika Monforte made her NASCAR debut and placed 9th, winning the female category. She’s also the proud mother of two daughters, Sofia and Matilde.