- Megan visits Mcleod Regional Medical Center.
- Megan attends 2008 PRI Show.
- Megan participates in Operation Santa Schnauzers Event.
- NASCAR Announces 2009 Drive for Diversity Roster.
"When we do the best that we can, we never know what miracle is brought into our life, or in the life of another."
- Megan visited McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence SC. One of Megan's biggest supporters and fans, Mr. Council had surgery for a life threatening condition. Megan was able to visit with Mr. Council only days after his surgery. She spent time with Mr. Council and many of his friends and family members. She presented Mr. C with one of her fresh off the press Megan Reitenour Racing t-shirts and signed autographs for many of the staff members during the visit. Megan said, "I'm glad to finally get to meet Mr. Council. I wish it had been under different circumstances, but it was an honor to finally meet him and his family and I'm so thankful that he is now doing so well."
- Megan, accompanied by her parents, met up with her marketing team from MPM Marketing to attended the 2008 PRI Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. This convention is one of the largest annual racing conventions presented. Megan spent two days meeting people and getting the opportunity to view some of the most technically advanced products available in the industry today. Megan said, "I had a great time while at PRI. It was fun meeting new people and catching up with many of my friends in racing or associated with racing. It was also neat to get to see many of the new products available this season."
- Megan accompanied by her parents and several volunteers participated in the 25th Anniversary of Operation Santa Schnauzers. Operation Santa Schnauzers is a dedicated group of volunteers, including Casey and Charlie (Santa Schnauzers) who make, assemble, and deliver holiday treats to all the gate guards and security forces at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Fairborn, Ohio. A team of volunteers assembled the plates of goodies of which were received by all donations from the community. On December 25, at 6:00AM a team of volunteers delivered the goodies to the gate guards and security forces. Megan said, "It was very early in the morning for the event but once we got started I had a great time helping deliver the goodies to the guards. I have a lot of respect for our military and security forces. They sacrifice so much for our safety and it was so great to be involved with showing them just how much we appreciate it."
- Megan Reitenour was selected as a driver for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program. Megan participated in the testing and evaluation combine back in October of this year and the official announcement from NASCAR was just released confirming she was selected.
Reitenour was one of twelve chosen from over 200 initial applicants and will be participating in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series. She will be teaming with Leicht Racing located in Arden, North Carolina. Megan will be competing for a full season of racing at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, NC.
The festivities for the Charlotte Media Tour began on Thursday, Jan 22nd at the NASCAR Research and Development Center. The introduction was given by Jim Hunter. Marcus Jadotte followed to talk about the Drive for Diversity Program and introduced the 2009 drivers. Following the formal introductions, one on one interviews took place with the media.
Friday, Jan 23rd was NASCAR night with the Charlotte Bobcats, where the fans were given the opportunity to interact with some of NASCAR star Drivers, which also involved meeting and getting autographs from the 2009 NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers.
Jan 24th and 25th, Reitenour attended the 2009 Driver Advancement Summit, comprised of motorsports industry leaders from NASCAR, Dirt Racing, Speed TV and Joey Logano's Development Crew Chief. Representatives spoke on issues most critical to off-track development of race car drivers seeking to pursue a professional motorsports career.
Megan said, "This is a wonderful experience and opportunity for me that I'm so thankful to be given. I feel honored and proud to have been chosen as a NASCAR Drive for Diversity driver. I will be able to concentrate on just doing the best job that I can by winning races, instead of also worrying about the funding to be able to do so. I hope to do a great job and that it opens other opportunities for me to advance within the various NASCAR series. I'm really excited for the challenge and look forward to the season ahead of us."
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Project Podium is the newest program of Women in the Winners Circle Foundation.The program is a nonprofit organization established in 1994 by Lyn St. James. Each year, up to $50,000 in funds are available to young women racers who compete in all forms of motorsports.
Project Podium is a matching-funds grant program designed to empower promising young female race car drivers and help them further their early professional careers. Secondarily, the Project Podium process introduces or further provides experience for drivers in the very important business aspect of the racing industry by the matching fund requirement.
Each applicant must demonstrate her commitment, desire and need, both in the business world and on the track and are also required to submit an application that includes her driving qualifications, race resume, sponsor information, a written essay on her goals and plans, and what the funding will be used for and also generate sponsorship dollars to be matched by Project Podium. In addition to Lyn St. James, all applications are reviewed by a panel of motorsports and business professionals for consideration.
On July 1, 2008 Megan was one of the first five young women drivers who received funding from the Foundation's matching grant program. Each of the recipients awarded was able to go on and either win their series championship or rookie of the year honors or finish in the top three in the championship points.
The grants awarded to up-and-coming young women drivers are not possible without the help of individuals, companies, tracks, teams, and series who make financial contributions to the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation. If you would like to learn more about Project Podium or the Women in the Winners Circle Foundation, or make a donation you can go to the following website www.lynstjames.com