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Lyn St. James

Selected Writings By St. James:

Lyn St. James's Car Owner's Manual for Women. New York: Penguin, 1984.

Awards and Accomplishments

1976-77 Wins Florida Regional championships
1979 Top woman driver, International Motor Sports Association Kelly American Challenge Series
1984 Rookie of the Year, IMSA Camel GT series
1985 First woman to average more than 200 miles per hour on an oval track, at Talladega, Alabama
1985 First woman to win a North American professional road race driving solo at Watkins Glen, New York
1987 Part of winning team in GTO Class at Daytona 24 Hours marathon
1988 Only driver to score championship points in every SCCA Trans Am event
1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1995 Sets closed-course speed record for women for fifth time in Indy 500 qualifying

Where Is She Now?

St. James, who lives in Daytona Beach, Florida, wrote her second book, Ride of your Life, in 2001, upon retiring from Indy car racing. She is a frequent public speaker.

St. James offers a course for up-and-coming drivers that addresses business strategies and handling the media as much as it does driving skills. She says keeping its status non-profit makes it affordable for the most needy. She told the Elmira Star-Gazette that while she has retired from Indy, she has not retired from racing. "When drivers get old, they drive old cars," she said jokingly. She said she intends to drive in some endurance races in 2003. "We'll see what develops," she said.

Ride of Your Life: A Race Car Driver's Journey. New York: Hyperion, 2002.

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