racing opportunity of a lifetime;
Female racer to
compete at Daytona Speedway during Speedweeks
December 29, 2014, SUMMERLAND,
BRITISH COLUMBIA - Sarah Cornett-Ching earned the racing opportunity of a
lifetime this month in Daytona Beach, Florida. The witty stock car racer
from Canada's west coast traveled to Daytona Speedway last week to
participate in the ARCA racing series test session at the World Center of
Speed. Her performance and aptitude impressed the right people, and she
earned the chance to race in February for an established team.
The exuberant girl from
Summerland, British Columbia, signed a contract with Tony Blanchard and
Wayne Hixson to compete in the ARCA stock car race at Daytona Speedway
during February's Speedweeks.
Cornett-Ching between test sessions at Daytona Speedway earlier in
"I'm not sure I can put
into words how exciting this is for me," said Cornett-Ching. "I
tested last year with Tony's car in hopes to race, but things didn't come
together. It might have been for the best because this time I felt really
comfortable in the car. Now it's time to find funding."
Cornett-Ching funded the test
out of her own pocket. The 23-year-old with 'girl next door' looks chooses
to work in remote locations as a certified welder because it pays more.
Everything she does is driven by her desire to race at the highest levels.
"For the last year I
saved money to pay for this test, but now that I have the opportunity to
race I have less than two months to find funding," she said. "It
was all a dream until Saturday, but now it's reality."
Cornett-Ching will spend the
next few weeks aggressively meeting with potential marketing partners, and
she hopes a funding website will garner personal donations to help her
achieve her dream. A donation website has been set up at www.gofundme.com/SarahatDaytona
, and already people have stepped up to support a young lady well known in
her part of British Columbia.
Sarah has nearly 10 years of
experience behind the wheel of full-sized stock cars. Her father put her
behind the wheel as soon as she was allowed by track rules, and it didn't
take long for Sarah to excel. In her young racing career she has seen
success in late models, and she competed with the NASCAR Canadian Tire
Series at her home track in Vernon, British Columbia.
(From L to
R) ARCA team owner Wayne Hixson, Sarah Cornett-Ching, and Tony Blanchard
after signing the contract to race in February.
The opportunity to race
Daytona is one most racers dream of, but Cornett-Ching has her sights set
"We discussed the
possibility of doing multiple races," she said. "Tony Blanchard
has great equipment, and I hope to find backing to compete as much as I can
in 2014. I'm excited to drive the cars and work on them as well."
With her welding
certifications Blanchard expects to put Sarah's technical skills to great use.
"Sarah is unique in the
world of motorsports," said Blanchard. "There are plenty of good
drivers, but Sarah's ability to race, fabricate components on the race car
and stand in front of a camera and represent herself and her team as well as
she does is rare. I want Daytona to be the start of something big for this
Cornett-Ching will drive the #2 car in February in Daytona. During
testing the car has limited graphics, but she hopes to secure a marketing
deal for the race.
Cornett-Ching is available for
interviews and to discuss marketing opportunities. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
, or by phone at 250 809 1427.