ABOUT SARAH

Fun Facts:

Date of Birth: May 18th, 1994

Height: 5’ 11”

Parents: Laura and Robert

Sister: Emily

Hometown: Lafayette, LA

School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Degree: Marketing

Favorite Track: Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

Favorite Charity: Lemons of Love

Famous Relatives: Bob and Bill Riley of Riley Technologies are Sarah’s Uncle and Cousin

Hang around Sarah, and immediately you realize that she is not your typical 23 year old. As a matter of fact, being a female race car driver is just one things that makes her unique. Another is her personality, one that Bob Varsha from the SPEED Network says “absolutely lights up a room.” Still, to fully realize just the type of person you are dealing with, here are just some of her accomplishments.

PERSONAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Nationally honored clarinetist
  • Former lead singer of the Christian Rock Group “Turning Point”
  • Head Drum Major and student Leader of the Lafayette High School Marching Band. The largest High School Band in Louisiana and one of the most decorated in the country.
  • Principal first chair clarinetist at Lafayette High School
  • Soloed Carnegie Hall in New York City
  • Sang in the Apollo theater in New York City
  • In 2011, received the highest honor for a high school musician, induciton into the elite 100 member Honor Band of America in Indianapolis, IN
  • Led Lafayette High School Band as Head Drum Major to the National Title in the Bands of America Competition
  • Nominated for the Hans Serif Award for most outstanding High School Senior in the country
  • Member Acadiana Wind Symphony Orchestra
  • Teacher Nominated Recipient of the 2013-2014 Dr. Louis and Mary B. Coussan Endowed Scholarship at the University of Louisiana
  • Cover Girl “Face Magazine” March 2013
  • Charter member of “SWAGGA”, a program designed to stop teen drinking and driving

DRIVING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • 2018, signed with Sick Sideways to compete in the brand new TCR Class with the Continental Tire Series driving an Audi RS3 LMS TCR Car
  • In the Honda Civic SI, finished 5th in very first front wheel drive race. Top 10 in second race
  • 2017, signed with Shea Racing to compete in Pirelli World Challenge TCE Class in a Honda Civic CI
  • 2016, re-signed with ALARA Racing to compete in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series presented by BF Goodrich Tires
  • March 2016, received Mazda’s prestigious “Spirit of Mazda” award for a second time
  • October 2015, received Mazda’s prestigious “Spirit of Mazda” award
  • 2015, finished top ten in points for rookie year
  • Joined Alara Racing for the 2015-2016 Pro Racing Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Series presented by B.F. Goodrich Tires
  • The Lemons of Love Cancer Patient Support Organization becomes a full Sponsor for the 2015 season
  • Member of Lyn St. James “Women of the Winners Circle”
  • Skip Barber Kart Scholarship Shootout Contestant at Laguna Seca in California
  • Raced first dirt kart race at 13 years old in 2007
  • Won over 20 events between 2009 and 2011 in 3 separate kart classes
  • Raced first Spec Miata race in 2011
  • Won the Spec Miata Charity Challenge 1 Hour Enduro in 2012 at GCRS
  • Wins 2013 Gulf Coast Racing Series Championship
  • Wins 2013 NASA NOLA Region Spec Miata Series Championship
  • Sponsored by the City of Lafayette Visitor’s Commission
  • Porsche Club of America HP Driving Instructor
  • Louisiana’s only female professional Sports Car Racer
  • Joins Team Barber in the 2014 Barber MX-5 Pro Cup Challenge
  • Completes 10 races in Barber MX-5 Pro Cup Challenge 7 top 5’s and a new track record at Road America
  • Completed Barber Pro MX-5 Winter Challenge with 3 Poles and 3 Podium finishes

2017 Media

February 2017– Crossthreaded Podcast guest HERE
February 2017– Front cover and center fold article of 337 Magazine HERE
April 2017– 3 local TV interviews at different news stations in Greensboro, NC to promote upcoming races
May 2017– Radio guest on OH BROTHER ESPN-1420 KPEL show
May 2017– Radio guest on KPEL 1420 Sports Radio, ESPN with Jay Walker
May 2017– CBS Sports Network TV Broadcast for Virginia International Raceway Race
June 2017– Radio guest on Out to Lunch 88.7 KRVS HERE
June 2017– Recognition in article, “Tom’s Take: Chicks on the Grid-And Why They Do and Don’t Matter,” written by Tom Stahler HERE
July 2017– Radio guest on KPEL 1420 Sports Radio, ESPN with Jay Walker
July 2017– Recognition in Podcast, Drive with Dave -“Drive with Dave Podcast with Jill Swanson” HERE
July 2017– “Be You” article in Louisiana state wide newspaper, The Daily Advertiser HERE
September 2017– Reruns of Out to Lunch 88.7 KRVS the entire month HERE
October 2017– Acadiana Profile Magazine, “Catch her if you can” HERE
October 2017– Acadiana Profile Magazine featured in Barnes and Noble! HERE
December 2017– Press release announcing 2018 prospective racing plans for Sarah
December 2017– Recognition in Jalopnik article, “OfCourse Women Are Strong Enough To Race Against Men” HERE

Hang around Sarah, and immediately you realize that she is not your typical 23 year old. As a matter of fact, being a female race car driver is just one thing that makes her unique. Another is her personality, one that Bob Varsha from the SPEED Network says “absolutely lights up a room”.