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Birthplace: Willoughby, Ohio
Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Daughter: Lindsay Lessman
Education: Graduate of Andrews School for Girls in Ohio and majored in business Earned a piano-teaching certificate from the St. Louis Institute of Music
Debut in Racing: 1973 Amateur Sports Car Club of America
First Indy Race: 1992 Indianapolis 500

  • 1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of The Year (first woman to win)

  • 7 Indianapolis 500 starts in 9 years, including 6 consecutive starts (1992 - 1997)

  • Highest qualifying: 6th in 1994 Indy 500; highest finish – 11th in 1992

  • Set world record on closed-course for women reaching 225.722 mph during the 1995 Indy 500 qualification weekend

  • Oldest driver in the field (53) at the 2000 Indy 500

  • Raced in 15 Indy races including CART Championship and Indy Racing League. Scored 2 Top-10 qualifying spots; 1 Top-10 Finish
  • Currently competes in vintage races around the world

  • Held 31 international and national closed circuit speed records over a 20-year period.

  • Raced twice (1989, 1991) in the biggest endurance race in the world; the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France)

  • Two wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona (winning GTO Team Driver in 1987 and 1990)

  • Raced (9 times) in the famous 12 Hours of Sebring Endurance race (winning GTO Team driver in 1990)

  • Raced in 53 SCCA Trans-Am races with 7 Top-5 finishes and raced in 62 IMSA GT races with 6 wins and 17 Top-5 and 37 Top-10 finishes

  • Only woman to win an IMSA GT race driving solo (1985 Watkins Glen)

  • Raced in the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival & Festival Meetings in England in 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2007
  • Invited to the White House to meet with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and William Clinton

  • "Sports Illustrated for Women" Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century

  • Judge, Automotive News PACE Awards honoring superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers

  • Consumer Adviser for Ford Motor Company between 1981 and 1996

  • "The 350 Women who changed the world between 1976-1996" Named by Working Woman magazine

  • 2010 Selected by Automotive News “One of the Top 100 Women in the Automotive Industry”

  • 2008 Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award

  • 2006 Northwood University Distinguished Woman of the Year

  • 2002 Office Depot Visionary Sportswoman of the Year

  • 2001 Guiding Woman in Sports Award from the National Association for Girls & Women in Sports

  • Guest appearances on The David Letterman Show (CBS), The Today Show (NBC), Good Morning America (ABC), Bob Vila Show, CNN, Lifetime, Oxygen, PBS, TNN, FOX, Speedvision

  • Sports Commentator for ESPN / ESPN2, Indy Car Racing Analyst for ABC, Pit Reporter for ABC/ESPN/ESPN2, Sports Video for ESPN, Showtime (nominated for Ace award)

  • Featured in most recognized women's publications including: More, Working Woman, Cosmopolitan, Allure, Elle, Shape, Living Fit, Glamour, Women's Sport & Fitness, Entrepreneurial Woman, Lear's, Harper's Bazaar, as well in: Sports Illustrated, Sports Illustrated for Kids, People, Time, Life, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Times and numerous other national & international publications.

  • Presentations to and endorsements with top American corporations, sporting authorities and business associations including: Ford Motor Co., JC Penney, Lifetime Television for Women, Merrill Lynch, Yellow Freight Corporation, Northern Telecom, U.S. Olympic Committee, American Institute of Banking, GTE, Walt Disney World, NIKE, NAFE, HSBC, etc.

  • President of the Women's Sports Foundation (1990-93)

  • Board Service: Kettering University Board of Trustees, NASCAR's Diversity Council and Race Commission, Automotive News PACE Awards Judge

  • Formerly served on the following Advisory Boards: O'varComing Together Ovarian Cancer, Indiana Fever Advisory Board, Indiana Governor's Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, and founding board member of Human Performance International and Indiana Motorsports Association
  • In demand as a motivational speaker for business organizations and corporations all over the world

  • Actively promoting programs for upcoming young, talented race car drivers. In 1994, Established Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation 501(c)3 and the Annual Awards Celebration in 2003 to celebrate the achievements of women in the motorsports and automotive industries.

  • In 2007 Launched Project Podium, now the Women’s Sports Foundation “Women in the Winner’s Circle Project Podium Grant”

  • In 2010, Established Women in the Winner's Circle traveling exhibit, which is now part of the Henry Ford Museum

  • Published 2010, "Lyn St. James - An Incredible Journey", Formerly Published in 2005 "Ride of Your Life – A Race Car Driver's Journey", by Hyperion

  • Published 2005, "Oh By the Way... A Letter From my Mother", followed by a second issue in 2006, "Only This Morning You're All Grown Up" published by Sourcebooks