When the Truck Series heads to Phoenix in another week, look for there to be yet another female racer on the entry list. Caitlin Shaw, a 21 year old driver from New Mexico, will attempt to make her second (yes second) career Truck Series start driving for Mario Gosselin’s DGM Racing. She will join Jennifer Jo Cobb, Johanna Long, Angela and Amber Cope, and Michelle Theriault on the list of women drivers who’ve driven in the Truck Series this season.
If you might remember, Shaw made her Truck Series debut last season at O’Reilly Raceway Park driving for Red Horse Racing. She qualified 32nd and brought her truck home in one piece, finishing a respectable 24th. Besides the lone CWTS start, her racing resume also includes quarter midgets, mini sprints, and a stint in a USAC midget.
Outside of driving, Shaw has spent the 2010 season working in the marketing/PR department for Michael Waltrip Racing. Her responsibilities including doing PR for Ryan Truex during his championship run in the K&N Pro Series East. (See a great recent interview with her here).
Shaw’s DGM Racing truck is being backed by The Oil Medics, a truck services company based out of Texas.
The recent run of female drivers attempting to break into NASCAR, like Shaw and Johanna Long, shows there is no shortage of qualified women racers out there. And Danica Patrick’s super star popularity is evidence that race fans are very eager for a woman to finally make it into the Cup Series. If Patrick doesn’t break through though, our odds for finding a woman who is capable are certainly getting better.
Here’s to hoping Shaw has success at Phoenix, and to more women drivers getting involved.