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KRISTIN BUMBERA TURNING HEADS AT NASCAR AND WOMEN IN THE WINNER�S CIRCLE FOUNDATION
HOUSTON, TEXAS � Still just a teenager, Kristin Bumbera, driver of the #00 TXI-MAXIMIZER Concrete Ford received news this week that NASCAR has selected her as a finalist in the 2008 Drive For Diversity driver search. This will mark the fifth season for NASCAR�s leading driver development program, which provides opportunities for minority and female drivers to compete with established NASCAR teams. �It is such an honor to be selected as a finalist for this NASCAR program. There are usually several hundred applicants each year and I know the competition is tough. It�s something that we have been hearing a lot about recently and decided it was time to put together an application and see if things worked out for us. I�m looking forward to the opportunity and enjoying the whole experience�, Bumbera said. The program supports drivers in the NASCAR Grand National Division and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. The drivers who are ultimately chosen earn the opportunity to compete with an established NASCAR team for a full season.
However that wasn�t the only good news she received this week � Bumbera also received notice that she is one of only a few female race car drivers to be invited to participate in the 2007-2008 Lyn St. James Driver Development Program. The program was established in 1994 by Lyn St. James who completed her first Indy 500 at the age of 45, she was just the second woman in history to race in the event. Directed by the Women in the Winner�s Circle Foundation this program identifies potential champion drivers and creates an experience that will present tools useful in furthering the careers in motorsports and enhancing the lives of race car drivers on and off the track. Among the female graduates of the program are Sarah Fisher, who became the first woman to win an IndyCar pole as well as IndyCar driver Danica Patrick who led the 2005 Indy 500 and finished the race in 4th place.
Kristin Bumbera competes regularly against 35 men in the ASA Pro Late Model Division at Houston Motorsports Park. Currently 160 points out of first place, she has her sights set on retaking the points lead for the second time in 2007 as she heads into her next race on September 22nd. Bumbera recently led the championship battle for nine consecutive weeks this season. She is the first female in Texas to ever win a late model race or to lead any points championship. For more information visit www.kristinbumbera.com.
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