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Passion. My name is Shea Holbrook and while I didn’t come from a racing background I’ve ne...
Passion. My name is Shea Holbrook and while I didn’t come from a racing background I’ve never been more sure of anything in my life, and that’s my passion for racing.
Determination was instilled in me at a young age as I was a nationally competitive water skier. Committed to being the best water skier I could be I spent endless hours training and reviewing taps and went on to hold numerous state, regional and national titles.
It wasn’t until the age of 16 that motorsports came into my life when I rode shotgun at Daytona in a Richard Petty Experience. From that day on I knew what I was destined to do, become a champion racing driver.
Racing beginning to current. While working diligently to pursue a career in motorsports I quickly began excelling throughout high performance driving events. I then went on to obtain my club license and since then I’ve been road racing competitively all over the nation with many organizations, from sprint races to 25 hour enduros, a season with Skip Barber driving open wheel cars, and a few months of late model oval track testing. Determined as ever I was fortunate to obtain small sponsorships that gave me the ability to debuted my first humble professional racing season with SCCA World Challenge Pro Racing in 2010 finishing 6th in the championship.
In 2011, I became the first woman to win a Touring Car race at the Long Beach Grand Prix with Pirelli World Challenge along with winning the Best Standing Start and the Hard Charger Award. It is an honor to be recognized as the fourth woman to of ever won a professional race at Long Beach alongside Katherine Legge, Dancia Patrick and Simona De Silvestro.
Just when I thought my team and my own hard work was going unrecognized the tables turned. The end of 2011 I got a call that has changed my life forever. At this point in my career I truly understood the meaning of perseverance, especially in this industry. I signed my first agreement for the 2012-2013 years with TrueCar Racing and their Women Empowered Initiative. In 2012, I finished 4th in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championships.
Education. My education without a doubt is a crucial part of my success as a racing driver. Pursing my education was a difficult challenge, but I was resilient and received my Bachelor’s Degree in Interpersonal and Organizational Communications and a minor in Marketing from the University of Central Florida in May of 2012 on top of pursuing a racing career.
Moto. “Fear is a state of mind, will is an action taken.” Many told me I couldn’t and that I’d never make it. Especially being a female. It was my “will” to persevere. People aren’t used to women being so passionate, particularly in a male dominated industry. One day I told myself it didn’t matter what people thought, I just wanted to race. And that’s where this quote came from.
A bigger picture. The Shea Racing Team has close ties with Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, a nonprofit directly benefiting Duchenne muscular dystrophy. I have two cousin affected by this disease, Matthew (1989-2008) and Jordan Klapp. After attending Duchenne conferences I realized I could help raise awareness and funds to help many boys and their families. Today we’ve raised over $20,000 for Duchenne and invite families out for races. In 2008, Shea Racing also partnered up with Frito Lay Corp., to raise $12,500 for the Susan G. Komen “For the Cure.”
The dream. It is my goal to achieve the most I can in the racing seat. My aspirations are high and lead me to become a factory driver. I have also put myself in a position as part owner of Shea Racing, LLC. to further grow my entrepreneurial aspirations in years to come, when I’m too old and they kick me out of the car, to become a team owner.
2012 – 4th place in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Championships
2012 – Shea received the “Living Legend Honoree Award” for her on and off track efforts, and was been honored in the “Women in Motorsports” SuperCars Super Show Exhibit and was featured in Teen Vogue
2012 - Shea became a member of the all-female TRUECar Racing Women Empowered Initiative
2011 – Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car 1st Place – first female driver to win a Touring Car race
2010 – First professional year of racing taking 6th place in the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge Touring Car Championships
2009 – Central Florida Region SCCA Champion for H1
2009 – Track Record 1:30.027 at West Palm International Raceway class P2
2008 – Women in the Winners Circle (Lyn St. James Foundation) received Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Scholarship
2008 – 25 Hours Of ThunderHill 2008, team DivaSpeed, 6th in class, 31st overall of 68
2008 – First female alternate for the 2008 VW Jetta TDI Cup
2007 – Sobre Rodas Talent of the Year award (another winner Helio Castroneves)
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