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Shannon McIntosh began racing when she was just 5 years old and has already amassed 17 years of racing experience, with dozens of victories through Quarter Midgets, Micro Sprints and USAC. In 2011, she made the difficult transition to formula-style cars with no road racing experience and just completed her second season as the only driver with a short track dirt and pavement background in INDYCAR’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship.​

Shannon began her career undefeated at the Miami Valley Quarter Midget Club in her first season, 1995, and went on to win the Central States Quarter Midget Championship in 1998. McIntosh stepped up to 270cc Micro Sprints at age 11 where she had wins at dirt tracks across Ohio and Indiana. McIntosh joined the USAC family in 2005 when she moved to Ford Focus Midgets. She finished fifth in the 2006 USAC Ford Focus Midget Series, claiming five heat race wins and 15 top-10 finishes, and was named Dayton Auto Race Fans’ “Asphalt Driver of the Year.”

In 2010, Shannon made her full USAC Midget debut in a 4-race deal driving for legendary owner and car builder Bob East. In only her first start, she finished 7th and followed that up with 4th, 3rd and 2nd place finishes.

A driver who has always said she will drive anything, has also spent time in winged 360 Sprint Cars and Dirt Late Models where she grabbed a top ten finish at Kamp Motor Speedway in her first ever Dirt Late Model race.

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Career Highlights

2013

  • Began working with NASCAR Penske Racing’s Developmental Team, Cunningham Motorsports
  • Launched fan-driven fundraiser with goal of $8,000 for testing and raised $11,275 through fan contributions worldwide
  • Named one of Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Up & Comers Under 30”

2012

  • Signed with Pabst Racing for the 2012 USF2000 National Championship Series season
  • Awarded the “Tilton Hard Charger Award” for passing the most number of cars at Streets of St. Petersburg Grand Prix (25th to 11th)
  • Voted INDYCAR NATION Fan Favorite in USF2000 series
  • Chosen by TAG Heuer timepieces as one of two celebrities to represent the USA in their “Time for Rebels” campaign alongside a notable Hollywood actor Neil Patrick Harris

2011

  • ​Secured a multi-year sponsorship endorsement with TrueCar.com
  • Named by Mashable.com, the popular American news site and Internet news blog with over 50 million monthly page views, as one of seven “Must-Follow Athletes on Social Media”
  • Named by SEVENTEEN magazine, the iconic fashion and beauty magazine for 13 million teen girls each month, as one of five “Pretty Amazing” women, which also included a docu-reality special profiling McIntosh’s youth and unusual occupation in a prime-time special on MTV.​
  • Competed in her first full-season since 2006 with a fully funded ride with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing, with a best finish of fifth on the Streets of Baltimore in USF2000

2010

  • Graduate of Skip Barber 2-Day Advanced Racing School at Sebring International Raceway​
  • Featured in May’s Indianapolis Woman Magazine alongside IZOD IndyCar Series drivers Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Simona De Silvestro, Milka Duno, and Pippa Mann
  • Secured four race deal driving for Bob East in USAC Midgets. Finished seventh in first USAC Regional Midget race at the Indianapolis Speedrome; finished in the top-four in the next three USAC Regional Midget races including two podiums

2009

  • Competed in USAC Ford Focus Midgets with two top-four finishes
  • Tested USAC National Midget

2008

  • ​Hired by Jerry Wald, Chicago-based Dirt Late Model owner, for four Dirt Late Model races at Kamp Motor Speedway – scored top-10 finish in first ever Dirt Late Model race at Kamp Motor Speedway

2007

  • ​Attended first year of college at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying marketing while working at The Richard Petty Driving Experience.

2006

  • ​Finished fifth in USAC Ford Focus Midget Series points after missing one race with five heat race wins and 15 top-10 finishes
  • ​Scored top honors for Earls Fast Qualifier award with most heat race wins
  • ​Highest-ranked female in the Indiana and Midwest Pavement Series’
  • Attended the Lyn St. James Driver Development Program​
  • Named Dayton Auto Race Fans “Asphalt Driver of the Year”​
  • ​Kara Hendrick Memorial Scholarship Winner and PitFit Scholarship Winner

2005

  • Raced three USAC Ford Focus Series races with two top-10 finishes​

2004

  • Two 270cc Micro Sprint Feature wins at Lawrenceburg Speedway​

2003

  • Two 270cc Micro Sprint Feature wins at Waynesfield Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio
  • Raced 10 races in 600 Mini Sprint at 35 Raceway, all with top-ten finishes

2002

  • Finished fourth in 270cc Micro Sprint Points 35 Raceway championship
  • Voted “Most Improved Driver” at 35 Raceway Park

2001

  • Finished ninth in 270cc Micro Sprint Points 35 Raceway championship​

2000

  • Finished second in Miami Valley Regional Quarter Midgets championship​
  • Finished second in Central States Championship

1999

  • Finished second in Miami Valley Regional Quarter Midgets Championship, first year in division

1998

  • Finished second in Miami Valley Regional Quarter Midgets championship

1995 – 1997

  • Began racing Quarter Midgets

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