Caitlin Shaw is the second youngest women (Johanna Long is the youngest being born in 1992) to compete in any of NASCAR’s top three divisions. She was born on the 28th of August 1989 in Albuquerque, New Mexico making her the first female from New Mexico to compete in any of NASCAR’s top series.
She started racing quarter midgets when she was just nine years of age with great success, winning many championships including Desert Springs Nationals Champion at Phoenix, Arizona, Mile High Invitational Champion at Denver, Colorado, Feature Qualifier Western Grand Nationals at Pueblo, Colorado, 3 Hot Air Classic Champion at Albuquerque, New Mexico and Feature Qualifier Eastern Grand Nationals & Second Fast Time, Indianapolis, Indiana before moving up when she was fourteen to race in the mini sprints where she was the youngest driver and the only female competing. Again, she was very successful, winning more championships and received “Most Improved Mini-Sprint Driver” at Sandia Motorsports Park in 2004.
In 2005 she moved over to the USAC (United States Auto Club) competing in the Ford Focus Midget Racing Series against drivers of all ages in races across the country. In this series she made “Sportsman of the Year.” Her career took a positive leap in 2008 when Caitlin was offered her first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series test with Toyota Racing Development’s Germain Racing at Pocono Raceway and Richmond International Raceway. She also competed in the USAC National Series as a K & N Development Driver. She also tested with another Toyota Development team, Red Horse Racing later that year. Caitlin made her debut in the NASCAR Whelan All American Series in the spring of 2009 for Red Horse Racing at the O’ Reilly Raceway Park in Indianapolis, Indiana. Driving in NASCAR has always been one of Caitlin’s goals.
“I tested with Red Horse Racing last fall but NASCAR told me I needed stock car experience,” she said. “I started driving late model stock cars at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina and sent my results to NASCAR after each race. Then, I received a call from NASCAR letting me know I was approved to race in the small trucks.”
Caitlin competed in eight NASCAR Late Model events and achieved two Top 10’s. “It’s great to see some of the hard work paying off,” she said. “It’s also nerve wracking, but everything is falling into place.” Caitlin has been fortunate in being able to drive in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, the USAC National Midget Series, and the NASCAR Whelen All American Series as well as testing for multiple teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.
Caitlin’s interest in racing not only covers driving the cars; she is also interested in the business and promotional side. In 2007 a race was organised for all school age children living in Albuquerque at Sandia Motorsports Park, Caitlin was involved in organising and promoting and in 2008 she took part in reading to elementary children in the “Sports Week” in the Cherry Hill Library. In 2009 she visited preschool classes in Albuquerque, talking to the youngsters about racing and motor sports. She also hosts “story times” in Riley’s Children’s Hospital and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Caitlin is currently a student at Belmont Abbey in North Carolina, hoping to gain a degree in Marketing, gaining her work experience at Michael Waltrip Racing, working in their Communication and Marketing Departments. Caitlin made history by becoming the sixth women to compete in the NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series in 2010, the most women to compete in any of NASCAR’s series in one season.
She also made history by being the 6th woman to compete in the NCWTS in 2010 marking the most women to ever compete in any of NASCAR’s series in one season.
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