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|Ingrid to be in Lyn St James Calendar|
|Ingrid is honored to have been invited to be listed in an upcoming calendar of female racers, which will be produced for the Lyn St James Foundation. In addition, Ingrid will be traveling to Indianapolis in August to the LSJ Foundation's Women in the Winner's Circle event, where she will network with other members of the racing community. |
Updates about the calendar will be available soon.
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|Ingrid in negotiations with Team CSL for Formula Ford 2000 ride|
|Over the course of several months, Ingrid has been in discussions with Rick Johnson of Team CSL to secure a ride in a Formula Ford 2000. Ingrid did training and racing in FF2000s at Bertil Roos in 2004 and is eager to get back in her favorite class of car to date. Team CSL currently runs a Formula Continental in the SARRC (South Atlantic Road Racing Championships) series, and Ingrid is active in this same series.|
At Roebling Road and two separate Road Atlanta dates, in addition to off-track meetings, Ingrid and Rick have been talking about a possible schedule for races in 2006 and 2007, hopefully to culminate in an entry in the professional Cooper Tires Series, which currently races with the Champ Car World Series and at other popular events.
Please stay tuned as Ingrid and Team CSL line up sponsors and release more news about this exciting development.
For sponsor information or a full sponsorship proposal, click here.
For recent pictures of Ingrid and Team CSL, see the new Team CSL gallery and the Photography gallery.
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|Two F500 SARRC races under Ingrid's belt|
|Ingrid took on a new track and a new car type at two races in Savannah, GA on April 22nd and 23rd, 2006. It was Ingrid's first time in a Formula 500 in race conditions. It was also Ingrid's first drive at Savannah's Roebling Road.|
The F500 uses a closed differential, which in addition to the car's speed, means that turns must be taken in a different style than many other cars road racing. "I am really learning that this car more than anything I've driven demands smooth hands and smooth footwork," said Ingrid after qualifying for her second race on Sunday.
Roebling Road's extremely fast turns also make learning a machine like the Dolphin Motorsports F500 difficult initially. Ingrid was told by several drivers that learning a new car while driving Roebling for the first time was an impressive combination to test anyone's skill.
In the Saturday race, Ingrid's Dolphin Motorsports #4 F500 blew an engine near the end of the race. Dolphin's team mechanics theorized that this was due to being run at half-throttle for several laps of yellow flagged racing about halfway through the event. Ingrid had avoided the crashes that caused the yellow caution flags to come out, but her engine self-destructed soon thereafter.
Overnight, Ingrid was switched to another car, the Dolphin Motorsports/Kohler #4 F500, due to the other car's engine damage. But even while learning yet another car, Sunday saw Ingrid improve futher, cutting two seconds off of her earlier best times even in horrible conditions. Traffic, slow track caused by extreme temperatures, and tires worn down to the wear indicators by the end of the day did not stop Ingrid from doing her very best lap on the last lap of the last race! Locked in a battle with a Club Ford which she passed going on to the back straight, Ingrid finished ahead of the attrition that had claimed other cars.
Her driving coach, Clint McMahan, commented, "she improved under the absolute worst conditions. I would have maybe been able to do [a good lap]. Those tires were GONE and the track was a lot slower than it had been all weekend."
In the end, Roebling's double-SARRC event meant two more races with credit for finishing for Ingrid. "The number 4 car is the fastest F500 in a straight line in the country," said Ingrid. "It was squirrely on the tires at the end and with the sand on the track from the other cars, but I was shocked when they threw the checkered flag because I felt almost like the race was just starting!"
Ingrid's entire weekend was summed up best by her last comment to her coach: "I can't believe the race is done. I was getting ready to try to push the car even further to the limits!"
Pictures of the events are available in the SARRC section of this site, here.
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|Ingrid completes F500 test; will drive #4 F500 in SARRC events|
|Ingrid got up early on April 16th to test the #4 Dolphin Motorsports/Coast Guard Formula 500 race car in Atlanta. Dolphin Motorsports' excellent driver and mechanic, Clint "Wiley" McMahan--who was 2nd place at the 2005 SCCA runoffs--was there to advise Ingrid during testing and to fit her for a seat.|
Ingrid is now confirmed to be racing this car at two South Atlantic Road Racing Championship (SARRC) events on April 22nd and 23rd at Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, GA.
"I am so excited get back to open wheel!" said Ingrid. "Formula racing has always been my favorite because of my F2000 training at Bertil Roos. I want to especially thank Clint and Dolphin Motorsports. Their F500s are known to be really among the quickest open wheel cars in SCCA racing, in corners and even on straightaways. I can't wait to race this car!"
There are some pictures of Ingrid's F500 test in the SARRC section of this site. Check all the SARRC pictures out here.
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|Ingrid in the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships|
|Ingrid's latest racing endeavor has been to tackle the South Atlantic Road Racing Championships (SARRC). You can view information about this series here.|
Since 2005, Ingrid has campaigned the #91 Perfect Pass Racing Nissan 200SX SE-R in the series. She has raced in both the Showroom Stock and the Improved Touring categories. Click here to see multiple pictures of Ingrid at SARRC events in 2005 and 2006.
The series also allows open-wheel cars such as F500s. Ingrid will be testing an F500 in Atlanta in mid-April, and then will be racing two SARRC events at Roebling Road in Savannah on April 22nd and 23rd. She hopes to sign a full-time open wheel contract with a race team in the near future, so stay tuned...!
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|Note: the following article was written as part of an application for the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program. Because it accurately captures Ingrid's inner fire for racing and addresses some of the current issues in the racing world, we felt it was a great addition for this site.
It is time.
Uncovering what we’re truly passionate about can take a third of a lifetime or more for some of us. I didn’t come from a racing family. I discovered my fervor for racing after being exposed to it on my own, two years ago. I’ve done everything I can to develop it; grabbing all the seat time I could get was important, but getting the right training immediately has so far been even more essential to me.
As a grown woman, I do have the advantage of having developed self-awareness. I know that I belong on the track as a professional, and I will dedicate much of my life to proving it. Respectful spectators, competitors and instructors have watched me bring my fire and reflexes to the course, and I actively work to add skills and gain resources that help me stand out.
My drive to make racing my career is coupled with an intense understanding. Female racers need to be supported: with networks, sponsorship, recognition, and with solid contracts. When I can no longer personally prove that women can match up against men in our sport, I will help other females reach the top in any way I can. I’m sharpening my skills for that day as well.
I have a singular focus and clear goals, and it’s time.
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|Ingrid Irby's Biography|
|When she was 30, Ingrid Irby discovered a deep passion for racing. She immediately demonstrated eye-catching abilities in karting, drag racing, and autocrossing with truly extraordinary fearlessness and remarkable times. Ingrid was then professionally trained by the Bertil Roos Racing School, and also received one-on-one instruction in sports cars from racer and SPEED TV commentator Justin Bell.|
In late July 2004, she was granted a racing license by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Within just over a year of competitive experience, Ingrid had already raced two different types of open wheel cars and two sports cars in various events in Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama. She was soon carrying a National racing license and was scheduled to be awarded a Pro license, until a sports-related injury sidelined her, and chartible work kept her out of competition until 2009.
Ingrid is often asked "how did you discover that you loved racing?" The answer one gets is likely to be about being behind the wheel of her first high-performance car, but Ingrid's intense desire to be one of the world's best racers is inarguably a product of her highly competitive nature and an intuitive, analytical mind. A track and field and cross-country athlete earlier in her life, she's a perfectionist and a natural die-hard problem-solver. She's always assessing and fixing what needs work, running mental laps, and utilizing the Roos Racing techniques while feeding her addiction to speed.
While her goal is to compete at the top levels of open wheel racing in North America, including the Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda, Ingrid is also considering opportunities to drive an even faster open wheel car in Europe. She follows the careers of many racers she's met over the years, including Sebastien Bourdais, Katherine Legge, Simona De Silvestro, and Bryan Herta. Ingrid also remains inspired by Lyn St. James' tireless efforts to benefit other women in racing.
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