Mouton, Kleinschmidt, Lohr and Patrick, the queens of speed

These four women who proved that motorsport is not just for men.

Throughout the history of motorsport, there were many women who, out of their love of adrenaline and speed, got behind the wheel of a racing car and fought as equals with men. Here are the four female pilots who went the furthest thanks to their talent and perseverance ...


Michel MoutonThis Frenchwoman left her mark on the World Rally in the early 1980s. As an official pilot Audi achieved four wins and nine podiums. In addition, she became runner-up in the specialty in 1982 behind the German Walter Röhrl. After his retirement he became involved in the organization of the Race of Champions, a competition that brings together the main figures of motorsport. He is currently president of the Commission for Women and Motor Sport of the International Automobile Federation.


Jutta KleinschmidtWhile studying physics and engineering this German got on a motorcycle and began participating in off-road competitions in 1987. In the mid-'90s he switched from motorcycles to cars, first as a boater and then as a pilot. Behind the wheel he had great performances in the rally Dakar Rally, the toughest race in the world. His moment of glory in this test came in 2001 when, at age 38, she was left with the victory and became the first woman to achieve it.


Ellen lohrHe was also born in Germany, although he chose the track to develop his sports campaign. He stood out in minor divisions of his country until in 1987 he landed in the DTM, the most important passenger car category in the world. In 1992, at the age of 27, entered your name on the winners list of the series by prevailing in Hockenheim with two luxury escorts: his compatriot Bernd Schneider, the most successful runner in the specialty; and the finnish Keke rosberg, Formula 1 champion in 1982.


Danica PatrickThis American stood out in the IndyCar, the second most important category of monoposts on the planet behind the F1. He went down in history by winning a race at the Motegi Japanese Oval in 2008; while in 2009 it achieved another milestone by finishing third in the 500 Miles Indianapolis. Once his cycle in formula cars was completed, he went to NASCAR, where he reached pole position in the 500 Daytona 2013. In 2017, at the age of 35, he announced his retirement from the activity, something that he did after competing in the 2018 edition of the Daytona 500.



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