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Tired of being laughed out of automotive classes, these girls are fighting back Athena Racing gives girls the tools they need to overcome stereotypes, bullying and harassment. For girls who love cars from an early age, programs luke Athena Racing can be game-changing. Courtesy of Athena Racing Dec.

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A few weeks later she passed Guthrie for the most top ten finishes for a woman in Sprint Cup history at Bristol.

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When she started high school, Finley was thrilled to see an auto tech program with a full shop as a class offering, and she ed up immediately. Loxley Browne, the founder of Athena Racing, announced the inaugural team of teen girls in late October. Not everyone in her class was happy to see a female their ranks, though.

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She also became the first woman to race at every racetrack on the circuit. Courtesy of Athena Racing Dec. InPatty Moise would become the first woman to lead in a Busch Wojen race.

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Life as a teenager is a blur for the girls who tried out for the inaugural Athena Racing team. The harassment was taking a toll on Finley, and she found herself dreading the class she once loved. That teacher even helped her to find a job in the industry. Patty Moise made a record Xfinity Series starts between and and Tammy Jo Kirk scored 37 top finishes and two poles in what was then known as the All Pro Seriesbefore making the first starts for a woman in the Camping World Truck Series.

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For girls who love cars from an early age, programs like Athena Racing can be game-changing. She retired from full-time stock car racing after the Daytona The 10 chosen participants attend their regular high school classes during the week and also complete an hour of study on racing-related topics and science, technology, engineering and mathematics STEM subjects each day. Then they had a chance to race against the clock in time trials on the K1 Carlsbad kart track.

Courtesy of Athena Racing Dozens of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors completed a rigorous Athena Racing application process comparable to applying to a major university. Even worse, some of her female classmates piled on, accusing her of taking the class to call attention to herself.

In fact, she wishes she had known back then what she knows now. One of the new Athena Racing team members, Marissa Olivares, had a kind and encouraging teacher for her auto tech class. Robinson would later become the first female driver to clinch the pole in any of the three major series, winning qualifying for the March 12, Xfinity Series Busch Woemn at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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By the time she reached her senior year, every time Finley raised her hand or helped the teacher diagnose a vehicle issue, the boys would call her racin or get in her space while she was working on a car, taunting her. Marissa Olivares loves getting her hands dirty and improving her skills in Athena Racing's intensive one-year extracurricular program.

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What makes Athena Racing special, Browne said, is its emphasis on teaching girls how to be poised, articulate, polished professionals on and off the track — a powerful antidote to bullying and mistreatment. InPatrick tied Janet Guthrie for most top ten finishes for a woman with a seventh place finish at Martinsville. Tired of being laughed out of automotive classes, these girls are fighting back Athena Racing raacing girls the tools they need to overcome stereotypes, bullying and harassment.

At Talladega she became the first woman to lead lije there. Marissa Olivares loves learning everything she can about working on cars as an Athena Racing team member. Patrick later finished the race in eight, the highest finish for a woman in the Daytona That year she had three top 10 finishes with her best finish of sixth at Atlanta.

She quit, giving up her internship and removing herself from the class. At Michigan she became the first woman to lead under green on a non-restrictor plate track. Courtesy of Athena Racing Other automotive programs exist for high school girls across the country, such as the all-girls automotive technology program at Myers Park High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, and another that is in the planning stages in Livingston, Louisiana.

InPatrick led a career high 30 laps and completed more circuits than all but three other drivers.