Like many female races in NASCAR, Johanna Long is the daughter of a racing mentor who vigorously trained his daughter to become a lean, mean racing machine. Long began in racing karts at the young age of five. She made her NASCAR debut in 2009. Since then, she has raced in a variety of races and often succeeds to beat her much older and more popular opponents.
Long has participated in 38 events in 2009 alone. Out of these 38 events, she accomplished 27 top-ten finishes, 17 top-five finishes, and 5 wins. Since that, Long only improved and later passed a major milestone in her NASCAR career when she won the Snowball Derby winner in 2010.
Cyndie Allemann - Swiss Champion
Cyndie Allemann is one of Switzerland's most popular female race car drivers. She competed in many racing events since her debut in 1997, including the Renault Speed Trophy F2000, Formula 3 Euro Series, Firestone Indy Lights, and most recently, the ADAC GT Masters. The veteran racer has driven some of the best cars you'll ever see, including a Ford GT, an Audi R8 LMS, and various other awesome supercars.
Cyndie’s career has quieted down in recent years, but she's still very much alive on social media, with a successful Instagram with over 65,000 followers. Her last race was in Dubai, where she rode one mean looking formula car. Now she's a proud mother to her son, Liam, who was born just last year.
Kristin Bumbera - The Brand
Kristin Bumbera took her NASCAR career and transformed it into her own thriving racing brand. She signed endorsement deals, made appearances at numerous attractions and events, and even posted her racing programs on her website. These days, Bumbera is mostly retired from her once-impressive professional racing career and has racked up some incredible stats, which include 16 wins, 53 top 5's, and 97 top 10's, at least according to her website.
Throughout her NASCAR career, Bumbera received two Rookies of the Year titles, and was accredited as NASCAR's Drive for Diversity “Participant of the Year.” Today she is not very active on social media and the racing scene but according to the few posts she has published, she is busy with her two young sons.
Janet Guthrie - Smithsonian Legend
Janet Guthrie has a very compelling life story that involved a massive career shift eventually leading her to her passion. Starting out as a successful aerospace engineer, which is one of America’s best-paying jobs, Guthrie abandoned it all for racing. In 1972, she joined NASCAR as a professional racer, which was quite a feat considering that there had been no female NASCAR drivers in over a decade.
Perhaps it was her deep knowledge of physics that helped her, perhaps it was her overwhelming need for speed. What is clear is that Janet Guthrie was an exceptional driver. She finished 15th on the 1976 World 600 tournament, her first-ever race, and went on to qualify and compete in the challenging Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500 races.
Angela and Amber Cope
Female drivers are already quite rare in the NASCAR world. But what’s even more unusual, is two identical female driver twins who compete against each other in NASCAR events. Angela and Amber Cope, also known as the Twin Turbos, made history in 2010 when they both raced in three top NASCAR events together. It's said, however, that Angela is a slightly better racer than her sister, Amber. Awkard.
The two have created an incredible career, but it took them several years to do so. They overcame many obstacles like even sharing a racing car at an early point in their career. The beautiful and blonde twin sisters are also pretty popular with men, clearly, and can be seen modeling often.