HEPHagerty Education Program Ambassador and former Indy 500 racer Lyn St. James will be part of a special restoration-themed panel discussion set for Saturday, August 15 during the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The 45-minute presentation – “Young People and Old Cars: The Future of Restoration” – is sponsored and hosted by the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (HEP). It will be broadcasted live from the track during a race intermission.

McKeel Hagerty, CEO of Hagerty, will moderate the discussion, which will look at how the multi-billion dollar automotive restoration and preservation industry is focusing on young people as the next workforce.

Lyn will be joined by:

  • Dominic Dobson (former Indy racer and national director of Club Auto, ACM)
  • Stephen Murphy (curator and restoration specialist at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage)
  • Tim Chambers (auto tech instructor at Laguna Hills High School and HEP grant awardee)
  • Josh Baum (conservationist for private California collector and former HEP intern at ACM)
  • Stacey Pucket (McPherson College graduate currently working at RM Sotheby’s)

“With the growth of vintage racing and the excitement of motorsports, we need to create a pipeline of skilled and passionate people to restore and preserve extraordinary vehicles,” said St. James, who will also be racing in the Motorsports Reunion. “Hopefully the panel discussion at Laguna Seca will attract more racing enthusiasts to join the movement to protect America’s automotive heritage by supporting educational programs of restoration and preservation.”

Please take a moment to read the complete press release here.

Hagerty July NewsletterDespite an amazingly busy summer – with her own vintage racing and attending shows and car events around the US – Lyn is excited to provide an update on her new role as Ambassador of the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum.

Through the July newsletter – which is in a Q&A format –  Lyn explains how she first became aware of and then involved with HEP. She continues by discussing her goals and objectives as Ambassador.

Please take a moment to review the July newsletter; and be sure to check the website often for additional Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum newsletters.

Lyn-St.-James-PIR-VintageLocal NBC affiliate KGW – of Portland, Oregon – filmed a segment with Lyn St. James during the SVRA Portland Vintage Racing Festival (July 9-12, 2015).

During the interview, Lyn takes on-air talent Cathy Marshall for a ride around the PIR road course in a vintage Corvette.

Please take a moment to watch the entertaining video segment; and read the accompanying feature story that appeared on KGW’s website.

Lyn is in town attending the event as the festival’s Grand Marshal.

 

 

SVRA LogoSouthlake, TX (July 1) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that Lyn St. James will return to Portland as the Grand Marshal of the SVRA Portland Vintage Racing Festival, at Portland In- ternational Raceway, July 9-12, 2015.

Lyn St. James is a seven time starter of the Indianapolis 500 and holds the distinction of claiming Indy’s Rookie of the Year in 1992 after her 11th place finish at the Brickyard. Lyn, a skilled road and oval racer has significant racing history at Portland Intl. Raceway. In 1981 she raced in the IMSA Kelly American Challenge Series at PIR. In 1983 she wheeled the #18 Ford Mustang during the SCCA Budweiser Trans-Am Series. 1985 thru 1987 Lyn raced in the IMSA Camel GTO Series at Portland. During the Portland CART race in 1993, Lyn raced the #90 Lola. Her last appearance at PIR was in 1999/2000 as the Series Director for the Women’s Global GT Series.

This is year the Jaguar Driving Experience offers an autocross and Land Rover off road experience to race fans. The SVRA is featuring the Historic Trans-Am cars and has 8 groups of race cars spanning 7 decades of racing history. The array of entries include select Pre-War cars, classic sports cars, Sports Racing, Formula cars, Can-Am cars and more. Saturday night Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels will be in concert at the conclusion of racing. All ticket holders are welcome to stay for the concert.

About SVRA The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association is the premier vintage racing organization in the Unit- ed States. Founded in 1981 by Ford Heacock III the SVRA has 2,000 members. It currently sanctions 18 events at some of the finest racing venues in the United States, including: the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sebring, Road America, Watkins Glen, Auto Club Speedway, Road Atlanta, Pocono Raceway, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Sonoma Raceway, Portland International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. The rapidly growing or- ganization hosted the first U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in 2013. Further information on SVRA, a complete schedule for the weekend, and an entry list can be found www.svra.com. Also be sure to check our Facebook page and YouTube channel which currently boasts a library of over 70 action-packed videos of our events.

For a downloadable PDF of the SVRA Press Release (contents above), please click here.

In her own words, Lyn describes her podium finish at the 2015 SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational…

2008-Dallara-Indy-Lights-#95I was excited about racing in the Second Annual SVRA Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational on June 9-14, 2015.

The plan was to compete in the Pro-Am, along with 32 other Indy 500 veterans in whatever car I was assigned. I was also entered in a 1988 Swift DB4 owned by Kurt Hansen. The Swift didn’t make it, so it was going to be a one-race event for me.

For the Pro-Am, I originally was paired with the owner of a 1969 Corvette, but when I sat in it I basically disappeared. The owner was over 6′ tall and if we tried to get enough cushions so I could see I was literally out of the seat. After sitting in about five other cars Tony Parella, President of SVRA, helped me find one: a Cobra Mark IV – car #28 – that belonged to John McCormack out of Nashville TN. One small cushion and we were good to go!

As I walked to the driver’s meeting late in the day I ran into Bruce Foss of Hoosier Tire. When I mentioned that the Swift wasn’t coming he asked if I wanted to run in the 90-minute enduro on Sunday morning. Naturally, I said sure! So, after the driver’s meeting, I stopped back in their garage and met Kris of K-Hill Motorsports and Bruce Hamilton, the owner of a 2008 Dallara Indy Lights #85 (he also was running a beautiful Brabham). We worked on seeing if I could fit in the car, which we were able to make happen. I spoke to Ray Snowden, SVRA Chief Steward, to see if I could take a few laps in another group practice session the next day. We worked it out.  So I got a few laps of practice in.

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YWCA-Empowerment2On June 1, 2015 the Metropolitan Phoenix YWCA presened the third Women’s Empowerment Series event for 2015 entitled “Women in Sports.”

The event was held at Chase Field and featured a cocktail reception with photo opportunities from the panelists:

Lyn St. James, 7 Time Indy 500 Racer
Misty Hyman, Gold Medalist Swimmer, Coach and Inspirational Speaker
Nona Lee Senior VP and General Counsel of the AZ Diamondbacks
Ann Meyers–Drysdale, VP of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury
Linda Vollstedt, Former ASU Golf Coach

2015_95_Start_1600x701 Twenty years ago, the defending champions failed to qualify for Race Day. A first-lap, first-turn crash left one driver unconscious and several others rattled. In the final laps, a driver named Goodyear, on Firestone tires, had the lead one moment and agony the next – all without ever slowing down. This was the 1995 Indianapolis 500.

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As the 79th Indianapolis 500 crawled under caution with 10 laps to go, Jacques Villeneuve danced his car left and right down the backstretch in a tactical chess game.

Eighteen cars remained on the track, but that moment belonged to just two, the leader and the follower: Scott Goodyear, a 35-year-old native of Ontario, Canada, and Jacques Villeneuve, a 24-year-old from Quebec.

The view of the leader’s rear wing was familiar for Villeneuve. The previous year, at the 1994 Indianapolis 500, Villeneuve was a surprising runner-up. Sitting second a year later was even more of a surprise because he was in that slot after rebounding from a two-lap penalty, levied after he passed the Pace Car on Lap 36 of 200.

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HEP-Invitation1Former Indy 500 driver named program ambassador

TACOMA, Wash. (May 19, 2015); – Automotive restoration and preservation education is entering the motorsports realm, thanks to record-breaking racer Lyn St. James, who was named an ambassador of the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum (HEP). HEP, a program dedicated to preparing young adults for careers in automotive restoration, supports hands-on, career based training for students in the United States and Canada. HEP is a program of ACM, the largest automotive museum in North America.

Embracing HEP’s mission, St. James joins the team to increase visibility of the program. She has made significant contributions to motorsports both on and off the track, making history as the first woman to win the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year award in 1992. Additionally, St. James has raced for more than 40 years and has had victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Watkins Glen and Elkhart Lake races, set-closed course speed records of over 225 mph and launched a foundation to help women advance their careers in motorsports.

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YW-Women-In_Sports-Final-FlyerOn June 1, 2015 the Metropolitan Phoenix YWCA will present the third Women’s Empowerment Series event for 2015 entitled “Women in Sports.”

The event begins at 4:30 and will be held at Chase Field.  The event features a cocktail reception with photo opportunities from the panelists:

Lyn St. James, 7 Time Indy 500 Racer 

Misty Hyman, Gold Medalist Swimmer, Coach and Inspirational Speaker 

Nona Lee Senior VP and General Counsel of the AZ Diamondbacks 

Ann Meyers–Drysdale, VP of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury 

Linda Vollstedt, Former ASU Golf Coach

The panel discussion, facilitated by Paola Boivin, sports columnist for Arizona Republic and Stefani Francis, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Navigate, will explore the panelists’ career highlights and what led them to a career in sports. They will also discuss their career challenges, transitional careers and what they project for women in sports for the future.

Tickets are $50 ($40 for students). Each registration covers: cocktail reception, panel discussion, photo opportunities and one ticket to the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves game that begins at 6:40 that night (June 1 – all game tickets are located in the “All You Can Eat” section of the stadium).

Attendees may click here to register online or call 602-258-0990 X11.

YWCA Metropolitan Phoenix is dedicated to eliminating discrimination, empowering women and promoting peace, justice and dignity for all.

breakfast-at-brickyard-logoTwo of racing’s most influential women, Janet Guthrie and Lyn St. James will join Alice Hanks to discuss the evolution of women in racing at the 500 Festival Breakfast at the Brickyard presented by Midwestern Engineers, Inc.

While women continue to make advancements in racing, just 60 years ago they were not permitted to set foot in the garage area – let alone competitively race. St. James, Guthrie and Hanks will discuss their experiences as trail blazers for women in auto racing and provide insight into racing’s evolution as women continue to push the sport forward. The panel will be moderated by television sports announcer, Bob Jenkins.

First they stopped in to WISH-TV News 8 for a preview. Please click here to watch the video.

In 1977, Janet Guthrie made headlines across America when she became the first woman to qualify and compete in the Indianapolis 500. A pioneer for women in the racing industry, Janet’s helmet and race suit can be found in the Smithsonian Institution and she has been inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame. Of her experience, Guthrie said:

“I was astonished at the fracas. I had been racing for 13 years…being a women had never been a big deal…all of a sudden here is this enormous commotion going on.”

Lyn St. James made history in 1992 when she was the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. St. James went on to start seven Indianapolis 500s and was named one of Sports Illustrated Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century. Lyn recalled:

“When you come to the Indianapolis 500 you are in a whole different…arena. I’m not sure my feet ever touched the ground during my rookie year.”