This series is a traveling series that has three points divisions within the Eastern Region of the United States. Megan tested a 600 horse power Ford Fusion. This vehicle is equipped with a four speed transmission, V-8 engine, and is capable of speeds of 150 mph.
Mr. Nesbitt, a veteran of the series, is looking to fill the seat vacated by Michelle Thierault, because she has moved into the ARCA Remax Series. He offered this test session to Megan to evaluate her racing abilities and her qualifications for this position. Megan was able to turn a sub seventeen second lap, which was three tenths better than the goal set for her that day by Mr. Nesbitt and Joe Schmalling. Joe Schmalling is a former crew member for Harry Gant Racing in the Winston Cup Series and currently a USAR Hooter's Pro Cup official. Mr. Nesbitt and Mr. Schmalling were very pleased with Megan's performance and are looking forward to working with Megan in the 2008 season.
Megan said, "It was such a great experience for me. The adrenalin and excitement I felt by having the opportunity to test this race car is hard to describe. I would like to thank Joe Schmalling and Mr. Nesbitt for their consideration. All I can say it was awesome and I look forward to working with them in 2008. We have a lot to learn but I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Megan said, "I'm glad to support such a great cause. I want to bring awareness and try to make a difference for others that aren't as fortunate. The things these children suffer with are things which we are fortunate enough to take for granted. My family and I have become personal friends with Toby McQueen and his family and we see the battle that Toby and his family fight everyday. We continue to hope of one day finding a cure for this disease. I am truly proud to be affiliated with this organization and I hope to bring more awareness of the disease."
"Today's racing world is more encouraging for female drivers than when we first held this event in 2003," said St. James, 1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. "More and more, women are receiving opportunities to prove themselves on the track and increasingly, women are rising to higher levels of racing and earning their place on the podium.
"How far we've come in such a short time," added St. James, "and how far we still need to go to receive equal opportunities in the field. At the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation, we continue to commit resources to training and mentoring drivers as they are starting their journey and throughout their careers."
Co-hosting with St. James was ESPN basketball commentator Nancy Lieberman. Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, was a guest presenter. Committed sponsors included NASCAR, USAC, Indy Racing League/Indy Pro Series, NHRA, Champ Car World Series/Atlantic Series, American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Grand-Am, Racing Limos, and National City Bank.
The day started with a driver's meeting where the agenda for the day was reviewed and the women rehearsed their entrances for the "walk of champions". The drivers where then released for a short period of time to mingle with their guests. Guests included visitors and top executives from some of America's leading companies along with industry leaders such as Mike Helton (NASCAR), Terry Angstadt (Indy Racing League), Roger Bailey (Indy Pro Series), Vicki O'Connor (Champ Car Atlantic Series). The "walk of champions" then took place. Each driver was introduced with a list of his or her career highlights and accomplishments. The drivers were then released for a short lunch break. A catered lunch was served.
Following lunch various awards were given to included journalist/author/racing driver Denise McCluggage, with the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award and Harold Matthews with the Opportunity Award for his support of mini-sprint racer Brittany Frosh.
After the awards there was a panel discussion with drivers, Sarah Fisher, Jessica Helberg, Erin Crocker, Janet Guthrie and Denise McCluggage. They covered subjects that included valuable advice about what has helped them be successful women in racing, their career advancements and opportunities, and provided encouragement to the other drivers. The day concluded with Lyn St. James thanking the women and executives for attending and wishing everyone a safe racing season.
Megan said, "The Women in The Winner's Circle" is always an event that I look forward to every year. It is an honor to participate in an event where there is such a caliber of talent and it's truly a dream come true to have the opportunity to talk with drivers which have inspired me my entire racing career."