Wendy, from Riverview,
FL, is currently working as a Florida State Certified
Insurance Agent while studying for her A.S. Degree in
Nursing. When it comes to racing, she has always focused
on pavement and currently competes with the Tampa Bay
Area Racing Association (TBARA) Sprint Car Club. The
TBARA is one of the most competitive pavement Sprint Car
series around. In addition to the TBARA, she also
competes in select open competition Sprint Car events
such as the annual Little 500 in Anderson, Indiana.
Wendy grew up with a keen
interest in motor sport as most children in racing
families do. Wendy's father, Jerry, was a successful
modified owner and driver in the competitive upstate New
York asphalt modified series. Wendy's intense passion
for competing in motor sport was very unique among other
females her age.
Upon seeing her first
quarter midget, Wendy would not let her father or mother
rest until they let her compete. With all in agreement,
a Quarter Midget was purchased and Wendy began her open
wheel-racing career at age 12.
The years spent honing her
skills in Quarter Midgets were incredibly successful
with many features wins. In 1993 Wendy earned
distinction in the series by becoming the first female
to win the Florida State Quarter Midget Championship.
After Quarter Midgets
Wendy took the next logical step and moved into Three
Quarter (TQ) Midgets. Wendy campaigned with the Florida
Midget Racing Association for several seasons. She was
able to pick up three feature victories with this series
and finished second in overall driver points for the
year in the 2000.
2001 marked Wendy's move
into Sprint Car racing. She began competing with the
TBARA, the preeminent asphalt Sprint Car sanctioning
body in Florida. In her first season, utilizing an
outdated car, Wendy started in a commendable 22 out of
23 feature events.
At the beginning of 2002
Wendy was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to
drive Mel Kenyon's Midget in a special NAMARS race
during February in Orlando. It was the first time she
had ever driven a full Midget and it was a superb
outing. What a wonderful experience it was to get to
drive for and receive coaching from the "King of
Over the 2001/2002 winter
a modern pavement car was secured. Now with a proper
car, Wendy notched her place in history with a Sprint
Car feature win at Charlotte County Speedway in Punta
Gorda, FL on November 9th, 2002. This was the first time
a female has won a feature event with the TBARA and it
is also the first time a female has won a main event
with a major sanctioning body in the State of Florida.
Wendy has developed and
refined her driving skills to a point of exceptional
precision in her 12 plus years of competition in open
wheel cars. While watching Wendy drive it is easy to
recognize her natural, winning ability. Wendy is also an
excellent communicator of vehicle dynamics, which makes
her easy to work with in defining the proper set up for
Wendy continues to
campaign sprint cars, competing in both wing and
non-wing events. She is available to drive in other
divisions where open days exist in her current schedule.