But before we begin, for years there have been male race car drivers who’ve been considered hunks, studs, hot, dreamboats, or matinee idols, depending upon your age and era. So it is with no reluctance that we’ve identified the most beautiful women in motorsports. In no way is this gratuitous, as these are all dedicated, hard-working drivers with clear goals to advance as far as possible in motorsports. So let’s start the countdown starting with driver number eight.
8. Jessica Barton
Jessica Barton is a model, an actress, and a serious import drag racer. She’s not driving some wimpy FWD Civic, but a full-on fire-breathing Toyota Supra that produces 1,165 horsepower at the rear wheels. Her best run to date was at the 2011 US Army World Cup Finals at Maryland International Raceway, where she set an E.T. of 8.64 and a top speed of 170.88 miles per hour. Sadly, in 2013 the Supra was stolen and stripped of any parts of value and hen chopped into pieces. What was left of the car was recovered along with some personal belongings. Jessica estimated that she’d spent at least $150,000 on the car. Jessica is hoping to recover as much of the car as possible but in the meantime is focusing on her acting and modeling career.
7. Susie (Stoddard) Woolf
Born Susie Stoddard in Oban, Scotland took the same path as most young drivers do. She started in karts and then into the entry-level Formula Renault single-seater race series in Great Britain. She was set to take the next step up the ladder to Formula 1 with a ride with a Formula 3 team the following year. An off-season ankle injury forced her to miss the season. Amazingly the following season didn’t find her in the low-powered F3 car but in a hairy 500 horsepower tube-frame Mercedes in the German Touring Car Championship (DTM), where she raced for 6 seasons. In 2012 she was named a developmental driver for the Williams Formula 1 team. Sort of amazing for a driver who’s never won a race in a car. Oh, I forget to mention, she married to the boss of the DTM and a major shareholder of the Williams F1 team?
6. Claire Jedrek
Claire Jedrek is a celebrity fitness trainer and television personalty in her native Singapore. She became interested in motorsports as part of broadcast team covering Formula 1 events. She started off in karts and then moved into the Malaysian Super Series (MSS) where she drove a Honda FD2 in a support race for 2014 Malaysian Formula 1 support race, At season’s end she finished 7th in points against 36 competitors, all men. For 2015 she’ll return with her Honda FD2 and is training both physically and mentally, spending at least 1.5 hours per day on a race simulator.
Like so many young drivers Vicky started in karts at age 10, when she won the regional championship for her class. Se moved up into cars via Formula Renault and Formula Abarth, and Formula 3. She’s now competing in the US Pro Mazda series.
4. Madelena Antas
Hailing from Portugal, Madelena Antas is the daughter of a famous female race car driver in that country. Madelena compete in Rally-Raid events, flying across scorching hot sand dunes at the wheel of a Nissan 4×4.
3. Carmen Jorda
Spanish-born Carmen Jorda has found herself in the middle of a enormous controversy these last few weeks. She’s been selected by the Lotus Formula 1 team as their designated development driver. Critic claim that decision was based more on the money an attractive female might generate than on her driving talent, having never won a race in her 10 year motorsports career. The biggest “ouch” has to be the comments of a former teammate who said she couldn’t develop a roll of film, much less a Formula 1 car.
2. Maryeve Dufault
When you hear that Maryeve Dufault had been voted Miss Hawaiian Tropic, appeared as a model in The Price is Right and had her own spread in Maxim, you might not think she’s a serious racer, but you’d be wrong. She said that while other models were spending their money on clothes, she was spending it on tire (our kind of girl!) Maryeve started racing karts in her native Quebec at the age of 8, winning several championships, before moving up to formula car classes, including Formula BMW USA. She’s switched to stock cars and has made some positive impressions, with a goal of a full-time ride in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series.
1. Inessa Tushkanova
OK, Inessa has posed for Playboy in Eastern Europe. Ok, Inessa has posed for Playboy several times in Eastern Europe. But she’s also a damn good rally driver. She’s won a few rallies in Russia, but is now driving in the Finnish Rally Championship. And if you want to compete against the best, then Finland is your place, I mean the country has produced drivers like Marcus Grönholm, Tommi Mäkinen and Juha Kankkunen who, with others, have delivered 13 Drivers’ World Rally Championships to Finland. Yep, it’s the right place to learn.
You can check out some of Inessa’s early rally driving in the video below. Her speed and car control are as least as impressive as her Playboy spreads.