In 2015, Natalie Decker joined NASCAR thanks to their Drive for Diversity program. By age 9 she was already a go-kart racer, and by age 11 she had already won 4 championships. Decker began racing 4-cylinder modified stock cars as early as age 12 and began winning various awards from there. In 2013, she took home the Rookie of the Year award by finishing third in the competition. Natalie kept winning various tournaments in the following years, before being picked up by NASCAR in 2015.
Natalie Decker has a much better record than her two cousins. Since then, Decker has participated in three ARCA races for Venturini Motorsports (Elko, Toledo, and Pocono), and finished eleventh on the lead lap. We’ll have to keep up with her fast-paced racing career and see where she ends up in the next few years.
In 2004, Kim Crosby made perhaps one of the most impressive and amazing career transformations, when she went from a full-time Louisiana school principal into a full-time race driver. She originally started out as a drag racer but found herself transitioning again, this time into a monster truck driver for Monster Jam.
She's undoubtedly the coolest school principal of all time if there ever was one. Crosby is currently semi-retired, but continues to race occasionally and plans to return to NASCAR if the right opportunity happens to come along.
Nicole Behar loves using her Instagram to feature various photos of her impressive NASCAR career. She drives a custom-modified Toyota Camry and has her own team called the "Nicole Behar Racing" team. She's quite an accomplished NASCAR driver, and finished 10th in 2016, as well as 3rd at the Evergreen Speedway race the following year. She's a fifth-generation racer and began racing full-bodied cars at age fourteen.
Nicole Behar has been racing since 2014, but as of 2017, she has slowed down in her NASCAR career after giving birth to her first child. Since then, her focus has gone primarily to one of her business ventures, the Fueled Coffee Company, a coffeehouse in Spokane Valley, Washington.
Chrissy Wallace's racing credentials begin with her immediate and extended family. As the daughter of Mike Wallace, the pro-NASCAR driver, and also the family member of Rusty, Kenny, and Steve Wallace, Chrissy has been firmly established in the racing culture right from birth. In 2007, she became the first female driver to ever win the Hickory Motor Speedway race in North Carolina. Her NASCAR debut occurred in 2008 when she participated in their Craftsman Truck Series and finished in 18th place.
Since then, Wallace has managed to secure other victories and records, such as being the first woman to win an American Speed Association Late Model track championship at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway. This was the same track where her father, Mike, won the championship more than two decades before.
The highly accomplished racer Natacha Gachnang has been in 16 races since her debut in 2009. Gachnang is also the cousin of former Formula One driver, Sébastien Buemi. Perhaps car racing is a family thing… or not. Either way, she's that good!
At age 22, Gachnang found herself the victim of a dramatic car accident when trying to qualify for the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship race in Abu Dhabi. Luckily, she didn't require any surgery and recovered quite fast. That same year, she became a member of the world's first all-female crew, and raced at the Le Mans 24 hours in 1991 and again in 2013. There’s no doubt that Gachnang had to face many obstacles on her path to becoming an accomplished NASCAR driver, but that just makes her respectable record even more impressive.