You cant reach for anything new if your hands are still. Once a horseracing track, the occoneechee speedway became a nascar track in early 1949, till it finally closed doors in 1969. What he needed, he decided, was a female driver who could handle the challenges of the track and hopefully bring more women out to the races. Nascar has seen female drivers compete since the inception of its sanctioning body in 1949. Get premium, high resolution news photos at getty images. Female drivers history and stats jayskis nascar silly. Smith competed in the 1940s and 50s alongside the men who were the early stars of nascar. Louise smith, the second female nascar driver in the world, won 38 races in her sixyear career at the sport. Fun book to introduce kids to the history of stock car racing. Cars 3 character louise barnstormer nash was inspired by reallife.
Sara christian competed in the inaugural nascar race at charlotte speedway she had bob flock finish the race. Hippolyte, quebec, and became a female racing driver at the mature age of 35. The last win on it was by richard petty and this was also the place where louise smith became nascars first female driver. I enjoyed reading about louise because she was a spirited woman who didnt ever back away from her dream of becoming a racecar driver despite the prejudice of the 1940s and 1950s. She could not stand watching the races, so she entered her familys shiny new ford coupe in the race and rolled it. Junior, river and louise are three retired piston cup racers who appear in the 2017 disneypixar animated film, cars 3. While there is a jogging track for nascar buffs to visit, most of it is covered in overgrowth. Sara christian was a participant in the inaugural nascar race at the charlotte speedway. Louise smith, tied for second female nascar driver alongside ethel, became known as the first lady of racing. This is an amazing story about louise smith, a fearless race car driver. Christian, ethel mobley and louise smith competed in the second official race in daytona with mobley finishing ahead of the other two female racers and at 11th overall. Already an experienced driver despite the wishes of. This makes her very unique in the racing world, as most drivers, especially the female ones, end up retiring at around this age. On the circuit, driving against some of nascars early legends, she was dubbed the good ol gal by the other drivers.
Louise barnstormer nash is a retired piston cup racer who competed in the 1950s, and appears in cars 3. She was the first woman inducted into the international motorsports hall of fame in 1999. The promoter had thought that a woman driver that more than one. Everything that louise smith meant to nascar, beyond being the first woman to compete in the series when it was still a bunch of barnstormers in the 1940s and 50s, can be explained by the photo above. She is remembered as the first lady of racing, and was on the nascar circuit from 194556. He asked about female drivers, and someone mentioned smith. Louise smith was born in barnesville, georgia in july of 1916 and died in march of 2006. She raced from 1949 to 1956 and won 38 races, driving everything from late models, modified cars, midgets, and sportsman cars. France started nascar on the road to its dynasty in part by sending smith to. Legendary nascar driver pearson was called the silver fox for his smart driving on the track. Louise smith, 89, first woman in international motorsports. Louise smith, womens history, car ford, car and driver, old cars, nascar, race cars, dawn, racing.
Louise smith, nascars first lady in racing stands in her room of memorabilia in greenville, s. Check out the latest louise smith photos and pictures on. She then returned to the inside of the car to pose for. Click on the site to see louise smiths career results at that track glossary. Louise smith was one of the first female nascar drivers and went on to be the first. In the second official race, at daytona beach and road course, christian was joined by ethel mobley and louise smith, with mobley finishing first out.
Louise smith was one of the first female nascar drivers and went on to be the first woman inducted in the motorsports hall of fame. Nascar has seen varying levels of participation by female drivers throughout its ranks since the sanctioning bodys inception in 1949. Women in nascar 16 female drivers have run at least one race in the cup series by earliest date raced louise smith 11 startsfrom 19491952 sara christian 7 19491950 ethel flock mobley 2 1949 ann bunselmeyer 1 1950 ann chester 2 1950 ann slaasted 1 1950 marian pagan 1 1954 fifi scott 2 1955 goldie parsons. Racing from 1960 until 1986, he is second on the career wins list with 105. The trio also competed later that season at the langley.
Louise smith 19162006 bio international motorsports hall of. The new members are harry hyde, legendary nascar mechanic and crew chief, gordon johncock, twotime indy 500 winner, alain prost, four time formula one champion, wendell scott, the only africanamerican to win a grand national now winston cup race, and louise smith, one of the women pioneers in nascar racing. Click on the site to see louise smith s career results at that track glossary. Smith won 21 nascar races over a 15year career and was a member of the national motorsports press hall of fame in darlington. She couldnt stand watching the races, so she entered her familys shiny new ford coupe in the race and rolled it. Nashs character is inspired by nascar driver louise smith. One of the early stars of nascar, jack smith has died. The canadian born isabelle tremblay was born in 1972 in st. She won 38 races in various classes of modified cars over an 11year stretch while barnstorming racetracks from florida to canada, and survived a spree of crashes as well.
Early black and white portrait of a female racecar driver wearing a cap. In 1947 she attended her first nascar race at the daytona beach road course, as a spectator, but couldnt stand watching the. The greenville, south carolina resident helped bill france, sr. Click on the number of races to see individual races for that year. Fearless is the story of race car driver louise smith. Driver louise smith 1950 nascar grand national results. Louise smith, a driver on the nascar circuit from 1945 to 1956 and the first woman inducted into the international motorsports hall of fame, in 1999, died in greensville, s. Complete nascar career statistics for louise smith. Louise smith, who died in 2006, spent more than a decade racing nascar circuits and competed at daytona in 1949. Wendell scott nascar racing documentary documentary on legendary stock car racing driver wendell scott, his life and career.
Smith, remembered as the first lady of racing, was on the nascar circuit from 194556. Louise smith, one of the earliest female drivers to compete in nascar, walked away from this accident at occoneechee speedway on aug. James hylton with images stock car, old race cars, racing. The best nascar drivers in history page 5 history a2z. Ap 1998 by jason stein wheelbase media october 23, 2012 8. Click on the year to see the standings for that year. Nash is an unlockable playable character in cars 3. Louise smith first lady of racing, competed in nascar from 1945 to 56, winning 38 races across four divisions. The race was the first race to feature three female drivers ethel mobley and sara christian.
Louise smith pictured on the left was the second woman to race at nascars elite level tied with ethel flock mobley at the daytona beach course road. Louise smith, who died saturday at 89, was an oldschool, dirttrack stock car racer, the kind of downanddirty driver who would sooner lock bumpers and flip an opponent than endure a racing slight. In smiths first race, she used a nash ambassador, which is used for louises car model. Danica patrick has done a lot for equality in nascar, but shes not the first. She was a novelty as a female driver, but her hardcharging, fearless style of driving made her a crowd.
Driver louise smith 1949 nascar strictly stock results. Female nascar drivers who changed racing daily driver by. In fact, decades before danica, louise smith put together a memorable. Louise smith tied for the second woman to race at nascars elite level, louise smith entered her first race with her familys new ford coupe and rolled it.
Includes every race start and finish along with dozens of statistical facts for louise smith nascar career. Results by track, detailed results for a season, all races. She went as a spectator to her first nascar race at the daytona beach road course in 1949. Louise smith was one of the true pioneers of early stock car racing, running modifieds from 1946 thru 1956, and actually competing in the first stock car race she ever saw. Danica patrick and nascars 10 most notable female drivers.
Apr 6, 2017 this pin was discovered by gary larson. Fearless the story of racing legend louise smith youtube. Before danica patrick, erin crocker, shawna robinson and janet guthrie, there was louise smith a woman race driver in a maledominated sport. Sara christian qualified in nascars first race on june 19, 1949, at charlotte speedway. Nascars first lady of racing louise smith is the inspiration for. Louise smith, 89, racer who broke barriers in nascar the. Louise smith was tied for the second woman to race in nascar at the top level. Nascar lists 16 women who have competed in at least one cup race from louise smith, sara christian and ethel mobley in 1949 to patrick.
Louise smith july 31, 1916 april 15, 2006 was tied for the second woman to race in nascar at the top level. Ive read about daytona history in books for this age group, but none featured louise. April 23 today in jayskis nascar history page 22 of. Smith, who died saturday at age 89 after a battle with cancer, raced in the division now known as nascar nextel cup from 194952. You cant reach for anything new if your hands are still full of yesterdays junk. The fast and fabulous women behind the wheel of nascar. Known for her fearless style, she won 38 modified events.
Her hometown greenville, south carolina paper featured photos of the wreck, and the town knew about it before she got home. Nascars first lady of racing louise smith is the inspiration for barnstormer in cars 3 cars 3 character louise barnstormer nash was inspired by reallife racer louise smith. Her racing career started as a spectator and transformed into 38 wins in various nascar formats including sportsman, late models, midgets, and modified. Louise smith racing career profile driver database. After her career of racing ended, she continued to support racers as a car owner. She raced on the daytona beach road course with two.269 966 158 1365 70 1383 1416 1250 961 221 314 1247 1397 558 754 32 967 1462 860 450 1342 57 586 428 1413 555 370 1193 143 929 1343 459 1030 591 5 137 140 215 1270 225 1126 938 349 496 570 1343 344 1004