Title: "Female Racers: Get Started, Get Sponsored"
Guest: T.W. Theodore
Length: 35 min.
Show # 52-1
About the Guest: Thunder Valley Racing is an automobile racing promotions, marketing, and management company created to develop women race car drivers. The Thunder Valley Racing web site celebrates, supports, and promotes women in racing at all levels of the sport. The site was created and is maintained by an amazing group of volunteers. These women (and a few men) have built a true community of women racers and their fans. We have a vision of Thunder Valley Racing as the recognized point of entry for women race car drivers into the mainstream ranks of nationally and internationally known drivers. Our multi-faceted promotional program maximizes the intrinsic marketing advantages of women drivers. . www.thundervalleyracing.com
About the Show:
- What is Thunder Valley Racing?
- Where did the idea originate?
- Why are we seeing more women in the sport of racing today?
- Has the sport changed in any way because of female racers entering the sport?
- Should there be changes?
- What similarities do you see between these women racers?
- What does it take for a female racer to become a professional driver?
- How do you recommend a young driver get started?
- Is there any particular car or series that you suggest?
- What obstacles can they expect to face?
- How do they overcome them?
- How tough is it for female racers to get sponsorship?
- What obstacles to sponsorship do female racers face that their male counterparts don't have to deal with?
- How do you suggest female racers approach sponsorship?
- Many female racers are uncomfortable with promoting the fact that they are female, what is your position on this?
- What are some of the biggest mistakes female racers make when looking for sponsorship?
- What is Thunder Valley Racing doing to promote women in racing?
- How do female racers become a part of this network?
Title: "Racer Profile: Kelly Sutton"
Guest: Kelly Sutton
Length: 31 min.
Show # 52-2
About the Guest: Kelly "Girl" Sutton grew up around race cars and dirt tracks, and decided at an early age that nothing was going to stand in the way of her dream including a diagnosis of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). She's raced strong at Daytona, nearly winning in one of her three races with the NASCAR Goody's Dash Series. Although she missed her first attempt in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series (NCTS) by a mere four-hundredths of a second, her rookie year generated impressive results. www.kellygirlsutton.com
About the Show:
- How did you get started in racing?
- How did you get to the Goody's Dash Series?
- Tell me about attempting to qualify at Las Vegas in the NASCAR Truck Series.
- Some publicity was generated because 3 females were trying to get into that
race. How do you feel about that?
- At what point in your career did you begin to search for sponsorship?
- Do you personally handle the sponsorship or does someone else have those
- Was the fact that you are a woman with MS ever an issue?
- How do you approach potential sponsors? Do you discuss your medical
condition at all?
- What do you think the key is for finding sponsors?
- What's the key to retaining them?
- How has your family supported you?
- Did your husband know what he was getting into when you met?
- How do your daughters feel about racing?
- What will/do you tell them when they say they want to be racecar drivers?
- What challenges do women face when choosing racing as a career?
- Do you have recommendations for women who want to get into racing?
- What advice do you have for parents of young girls who want to race?
- What would you have done if you had not chosen to be a racer?
- How happy are you with the 2003 season?
- What are you going to do to improve for next year as a driver and as a team?
- Where can we expect to see you next year?
- How do we find out what's going on with you and your team?
- What are your future racing goals?