SUMMERLAND, British Columbia, Canada — official team release — RACE 101 photo —
Following a successful open testing session at the Daytona International Speedway, Tony Blanchard and his RACE 101 team have announced they have signed Canadian Sarah Cornett-Ching to compete in the Lucas Oil 200 during Speedweeks in February.
Cornett-Ching still needs to secure sponsorship to guarantee her position in the car, however, for the season-opening race on Feb. 14.
“I’m not sure I can put into words how exciting this is to 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 as a certified welder.
“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, with hopes a funding website will garner additional personal donations. The donation website has been set up at www.gofundme.com/SarahatDaytona.
The opportunity to race Daytona is one most racers dream of, but Cornett-Ching has her sights set even higher, with the possibility of additional races being on the table.
“We discussed the possibility of doing multiple races,” Cornett-Ching 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.”
Due to her welding certifications, Blanchard expects Sarah’s technical skills to be valuable to the team.
“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 young lady.”
CREDIT: RACE 101