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Truth be told, women can drive fast too. Especially the women in this two part Fast and the Not So Furious series.
Sarah Leach

16 Mar 2016 - 12:02 PM  UPDATED 16 Mar 2016 - 12:05 PM

Fast and the Not so Furious 1: women in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series
Truth be told, women can drive fast too. Especially the women in this two part Fast and the Not So Furious series.

In Part 1 we met drivers Renee Gracie and Chelsea Angelo who race in the V8 Supercars Dunlop Series. In Part 2 we look at trail blazers in the world of Formula Ford, NASCAR and Formula 1. But as we learnt in Part 1, they've driven EVERYTHING.   

Leanne Tander

Australian driver Leanne Tander has raced cars such as Formula Ford, Formula 3 and V8 Supercars.

This season she's driving for Sonic in the Formula Ford series, finishing 10th overall in 2015. Tander told SpeedCafe she's focused on winning.  

"I'm not gridding up to make the numbers. I want to win races," she said. 

Tander started in karts in 1993, and progressed to Formula Ford in 1998. After mixed success there, she moved up into V8 Supercar in 2001 and 2002. The next three seasons saw her race her father Mark's Mazda RX-7 in Improved Production racing, winning the Victorian and New South Wales championships in 2005, as well as driving in the Australian Production Car Championship in 2004 for Team Toyota Australia.

In 2005, Tander had her first taste of a Formula 3 car, contesting three rounds that year, and moved to the Australian Formula Three Championship full-time in 2006, where she became the first female to win a race in 2007. After a pair of second places at Symmons Plains Raceway at the penultimate round, Tander went into the final round of the championship leading by four points.

After qualifying on pole position for both races at the season finale, at Oran Park Raceway, Leanne scored a third and a second in the two races, respectively, to narrowly miss out on the championship by just two points. It remains the best ever performance by a female driver in a National Australian circuit-racing Championship, and possibly the best ever by a female driver in a National or International F3 series.

In 2008 she remained in Australian F3 scoring four poles positions, five race wins and narrowly missed out on the title at the final round to James Winslow.

She is married to 2007 V8 Supercar champion Garth Tander. That season, with Garth leading the V8 Supercar standings, and Leanne having led the Australian Drivers Championship, it was the first time a married couple simultaneously led Australian Motor Racing Championships.

Susie Wolff


Susie Wolff has only just retired from the world of Formula One, at the end of 2015.

In July 2014, Wolff, from Scotland, became the first woman to participate in a Formula One weekend since 1992, when Giovanna Amati made three unsuccessful Grand Prix qualification attempts. 

She progressed through the ranks of motorsport, starting off in karting, then moving up to Formula Renault and Formula Three before moving to the DTM to compete for Mercedes-Benz.

In 2012, she was signed by the Williams Formula One team to work as a development driver and was promoted to test driver in 2015. 

After her retirement, Susie founded Dare to be Different with the UK's Motor Sport Association to promote women's participation in motor sport. 


Danica Patrick

Since the 2013 season, Patrick has driven the No. 10 Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the Sprint Cup Series.

She is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. Her win in the 2008 Indy Japan 300 is the only women's victory in an IndyCar Series race and her third place in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 the highest finish there ever by a woman. She competed in the series from 2005 to 2011.

In 2012, she competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and occasionally in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  In 2013, she became the first female NASCAR driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole, turning in the fastest qualifying lap since 1990—qualifying for the Daytona 500. Her eighth place in the 2013 Daytona 500 is the highest finish for a woman in the Daytona 500.

Patrick started in kart racing and later raced in Formula Ford in the United Kingdon before returning to the United States and moving up to IndyCars. 



2016 motor sport competitions:

2016 Australian Grand Prix

2016 V8 Supercars

2016 Dunlop Series

2016 Australian Formula 3

2016 Australian Formula 4

2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series