- Reitenour selected as Project Podium Grant Recipient.
- Reitenour wins Dick Chrysler 100.
- Reitenour attends 6th Annual Women in the Winner's Circle event.
"If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking"
- Buddhist Proverb
Joshua Thomas Fox, Vice President of Fox Motors Inc located at 9 S Second St in Miamisburg Ohio. Fox Motors was established in November of 1913 as a machine and blacksmith shop.
They officially began their automobile dealership in 1914. They have been proudly serving all of the Miami Valley's automobile needs for ninety five years and are still going strong.
- Megan was one of five selected from a group of eighteen participants nationwide as a Project Podium Grant recipient.
Project Podium is a grant program that provides matching funds to drivers who have generated sponsorships. Project Podium, founded by entrepreneur and former Indy 500 driver Lyn St. James was established in an effort to help further young females in their careers as race car drivers.
"Project Podium is designed to help young talent achieve racing and business success, but not by giving them a handout. Each applicant must demonstrate her commitment, desire and need, both in the business world and on the track." St. James said.
Reitenour submitted her driving qualification, sponsor information and a written essay of her goals and plans and why she needs the support. A total of $28,900 in scholarships was available and each applicant was reviewed by a volunteer panel of motorsports and business professionals to include, Vicki O'Connor, managing director of the Atlantic Championship; Linda Conti, financial advisor at David A. Noyes & Co.; Amy Rosewater, sports writer; and Erin Crocker, NASCAR driver & Women in the Winner's Circle Driver Academy graduate.
Reitenour said, "I'm so thankful to have been one of the recipients for funding assistance and I really appreciate everything that Lyn does in an effort to help us. She is a true champion for female racers and racers in general and I can't thank her enough for her help. This year has been a tough year for my sponsors and hard in an effort for us to find sponsors. The Project Podium funding I received will go to good use and will help me towards my goal of racing the full schedule in the Super Cup Series this season."
- Due to the in inclement weather conditions, qualifying for the Super Cup Stock Car Series was cancelled and the starting grid of the field was determined by the current point standings of the series.
Megan started on the pole and was challenged several times but only relinquished the lead for 17 laps of the 100 lap event. This win marks the second win of the 2008 season for Reitenour and positions her in first place of the point standings of the series.
Reitenour said, "We had high hopes coming into today's race. I really wanted to win this race. Kil-Kare being close to my home town and my favorite track, it turned out to be a great day for us. I can't thank my team enough for all their hard work. We fought a tight race car throughout the day but was able to pull through with the win."
Megan thanked the sponsor's of her race, Horn and Hardart Coffee, McCallister Precision Marketing Team, Salyers Financial, and the Marriott (Beaverceek, OH).
- Megan was invited to attend the sixth annual Women in The Winner's Circle Luncheon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. This event is held annually to help raise funds for the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation (formerly the Lyn St. James Foundation), founded by racing driver and motivational speaker Lyn St. James in 1993.
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 sports broadcaster Jamie Little. Committed sponsors include 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 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, distinguished 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), Ardy and Vicki O'Connor (Champ Car Atlantic Series). The "walk of champions" then took place. The drivers were then released for a short lunch break where a catered lunch was served. Following lunch each driver was introduced with a list of their career highlights and accomplishments. Reitenour and the other four Project Podium recipients were the last of the participants to be introduced and take the stage.
Following lunch various awards were given, including the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award presented to Louise Smith and Sara Christian, both former NASCAR drivers and owners from the fifties. The Harold Matthews Opportunity Award was presented to seven different race teams and to Dan Davis from Ford Racing. The Kara Hendrick Award was presented to Alison MacLeod from the USAC Midget Series.
Megan said, "The Women in The Winner's Circle is always an event that I look forward to every year. It is truly an honor to be asked to participate and I'm so thankful and excited to be part of the first group chosen for the Project Podium Grant request. I will work hard to accomplish my goals and the board members expectations.
I will strive to make them proud that they choose me as one of the grant recipients and do my best to be a good example for others to follow."
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