The Better Half

March 12, 2020

The Better Half

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As the calendar turns to March, we recognize National Women’s History Month, and what better way for us to do that than to take a look at a few of the women who have made a significant impression on the Sport Car Club of America’s 76-year history.

Women have affected every facet of the club, from breakthrough competitors to leadership that forever changed the direction and voice of the organization. In fact, some of the best-known women in all of motorsports include SCCA Hall of Fame members Denise McCluggage, Janet Guthrie, and Lyn St. James?–?and now we take a moment to recognize a few other women who have marked significant milestones within the SCCA.

Women finding success on track is not limited to the club side, either, as many legendry names have scored podium finishes, race wins, and overall championships in the professional ranks. Amy Ruman forever cemented her place in SCCA history with her 2015 Trans Am championship and backed that up with a repeat performance in 2016.

Amy Ruman has made SCCA history multiple times. The first occasion was when she became the first woman to win a Trans Am race, and the second was when she became the first woman to win the overall Trans Am championship title. Image by Chris Clark

Ruman got her start in SCCA Solo competition before moving on to Spec Racers, and eventually GT-1. Along the way, Ruman scored a podium finish at the 2010 Runoffs, as well as in the Spec Racer Pro Series and ALMS Women’s Global GT Series. Ruman’s first Trans Am class win came in 2011 and, since then, she has recorded 15 more.

Cindy Lux is another competitor who has held her own in both the club and pro ranks, with a Runoffs podium finish to her credit, along with numerous professional racing accolades including Trans Am wins across a number of classes and the 1999 ALMS Women’s Global GT Series title.

Cindy Lux has seen success at both the National Championship Runoffs and in the pro ranks, and she continues to wage battle in the SCCA Pro Racing Trans Am Series. Image by Chris Clark

To this day, we continue to see women succeeding at SCCA’s pinnacle amateur road racing events, including Runoffs podium finishes most recently going to Michelle Abbate, Hanna Zeller, and Kellie Czarny.

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