Holbrook Captures her Fifth Top Five Finish in Six Races and teammate Tominovich Powers Through Equipment Failure at Laguna Seca
SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 15, 2012 – TrueCar Racing experienced sunny days and cold, foggy through qualifying and racing days in
Monterey at the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca. Shea Holbrook, the #67 TrueCar driver competing in the Touring Car class of the Pirelli World Challenge took home a fourth place finish in Friday’s race. Teammate Emilee Tominovich, driving the TrueCar #19 Mazda MX-5 competed in rounds three and four of the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup experiencing gearbox failure in the first race and a truncated second race due to low visibility conditions from the fog.
Holbrook, who has performed consistently within the top five at five of her six races so far this season, had an overall good experience on the storied Laguna Seca track, “For my first time at Laguna I’m extremely pleased with my overall result. We performed near our 100 percent and it was great racing the same weekend as Emliee.” With fickle track temperatures throughout practice, qualifying and race day, Holbrook’s Compass360/SheaRacing team was reactive, having to make quick set-up adjustments to the car. “We had a very solid run and I couldn’t be happier with our Top 5 finish,” said Holbrook. “But, I’m hungry for a podium and at least a win this year, and I’ll stop at nothing to do so.”
Holbrook, now a graduate from the University of Central Florida is practically living on the road chasing her dream. “Getting my four year degree within four years was a priority of mine and so is racing full-time, but it wasn’t always easy. I’m very fortunate to be pursuing my dream because of TrueCar Racing but getting here didn’t go without a lot of hard work, said Holbrook.”
Holbrook, who is now ranked number six in her class after the Monterey Grand Prix, spent the days following the race testing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California where the championship race will be held. Her next race is scheduled for June 22nd in Toronto, Canada. Her teammate Tominovich races June 8-10th in the MX-5 Cup at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Holbrook off the track is staying busy. FIREBALL RUN Adventurally, an 8 day, 15 city, 2,500 mile interactive adventure game has recently selected Holbrook, to be a celebrity contestant in the 2012 FIREBALL RUN: Northern Exposure. The adventurally is the most epic live destination based competition in America. To navigate the route and score, teams may use anything (and anyone) at their disposal to solve clues, and accomplish missions. The emotional journey and life changing experience of the streams live to an audience of nearly 2 million viewers. The live series is also produced as part of a popular cult film series. FIREBALL RUN adventures accomplish more in one day than most will do in an entire year, all while aiding in the nation’s largest recovery effort for missing children. Follow Holbrook as the 8 day adventure unfolds September 21-29, 2012 as she will need your help along the way uncovering clues and she may be coming to a city near you. Cities include: Independence, Ohio, Monroesville, PA, Wellsboro, PA, Watertown, NY, Waterbury, CT, and Bangor, Maine.
Watch the round six at Laguna Seca online at www.world-challengetv.com and on NBC Sports Network Sunday, May 27th at 11PM-1AM eastern (an exclusive two hour show covering races from Miller Motorsports Park and Laguna Seca.)
Special thanks to the fans, TrueCar, Lucas Oil, Premier Capital, Eibach Springs, HPD/Honda Racing, K&N Filters, Penta Water, and Cool Shirt.
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About Shea Holbrook
Shea’s passion for driving started when she was 16 with a “Richard Petty Experience.” Shea quickly began excelling in the motorsports world through high performance driving events all throughout Florida. She then went on to obtain her SCCA license and since then Shea has been road racing competitively all over the nation with many organizations, from sprint races to 25 hour enduros. Shea debuted her first professional race season with SCCA World Challenge Pro Racing in 2010 finishing 6th in the championship. In 2011, Shea became the first woman to win a Touring Car race at the Long Beach Grand Prix with Pirelli World Challenge along with winning Best Standing Start and the Hard Charger Award. She’s also the fourth women to of ever won a professional race at Long Beach alongside Katherine Legge, Dancia Patrick and Simona De Silvestro. Shea is currently attending the University of Central Florida majoring in Communications/Marketing in which she’ll graduate in May. Something you may not know about Shea is that she is an accomplished national competitive water skier holding numerous state, regional and national titles. Shea received the “Living Legend Honoree Award” for her on and off track efforts and has been honored in the “Women in Motorsports” SuperCars Super Show Exhibit. In 2008, Shea became a “Women in the Winners Circle” graduate of the Lyn St. James program. “Fear is a state of mind, will is an action taken.” Shea lives this quote and believes through commitment and determination anything is possible. Helping others is another love of Shea’s. Shea Racing partnered up with Frito Lay Corp., in 2008 to raise $12,500 for the Susan G. Komen “For the Cure.” She has also raised thousands of dollars and awareness for her charity of choice, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD.) PPMD benefits Duchenne muscular dystrophy which affects her own family.
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