KYLE, TX – Carolyn Aramendia will be part of Saturday night’s racing action at Thunderhill Raceway (THR) – and she’s ready to tackle her male competitors on the track.
Aramendia is from San Antonio, TX, and drives the #50 white 1993 Ford Crown Victoria in the Grand Stocks, which is an entry-level class at THR. This class boasts 33 registered drivers, six of them female, making for some slim odds for a victory by the “girls.” But Aramendia is beating the odds – claiming three wins so far this year and continuing her lead in the Grand Stock 2008 points’ competition.
Aramendia was under a lot of pressure to maintain her points’ lead during the Grand Stock feature race a couple of weeks ago. She started the 25-lap Grand Stock feature race in the 12th position in a 16-car field. Aramendia fought off some tough challenges from her male counterparts on the track as she worked her way up through the field – including several attempts at outside passes. She finally took the lead on Lap 16 and held on for the win.
So far, most of Aramendia’s male competitors on the track haven’t treated her any differently. “For the most part, I don’t feel there’s a ‘ladies vs. men’ attitude on the track,” commented Aramendia. “Surprisingly, I feel like I’m being treated equally by the guys. They even take the time to congratulate me after a win or make a comment on how well I’ve done in a race.”
Some of Aramendia’s toughest challenges come from two of her Premier Motorsports teammates who also race in the Grand Stock class – Homer Pitner and James Aramendia. Pitner is currently in second place in the points’ race – trailing Aramendia by only 40 points.
Aramendia enjoys being challenged by Pitner. “Although Homer is second in points and is a tough competitor on the track, I feel he races me fairly and I don’t worry about him intentionally taking me out to get ahead in the race.”
James Aramendia – currently running third in points – is not only her teammate, but he’s also Carolyn’s brother-in-law.
“James verbally teases me a lot about taking me out,” said Carolyn. “So that makes him a bit intimidating on the track. I know he supports me in the points’ chase, but I also KNOW that he’d never just hand over a win to me or intentionally take me out. And that makes it all the more exciting.”
Aramendia has also raced against her husband, Joe, several times this year. “I have lots of fun racing against Joe, especially since I hadn’t raced against him prior to this year.”
Joe Aramendia is also part of the Premier Motorsports team, and he normally drives the #79 TSRS Late Model. Brian Moczygemba, Carolyn’s nephew and driver of the #50 TSRS Late Model, rounds out the list of drivers on the team.
Carolyn Aramendia is sponsored by Premier Minerals, Clear Choice Glass, Royal Purple and Aramendia Plumbing. The car owner is Frank Gabrysch. Carolyn is very grateful that her husband, sponsors and team have made it possible for her to race competitively.
Thunderhill Raceway will soon be launching a new campaign – “Women In Racing.” Carolyn Aramendia will be an important part of this campaign that will focus on local women who know all about life in the fast lane. Stay tuned to Thunderhill Raceway’s website (www.thunderhillraceway.com) for more details.
Carolyn Aramendia and the entire Premier Motorsports team will be competing in Saturday night’s (July 26) races at Thunderhill Raceway, starting at 7:00 p.m. The racing action will be highlighted by the return of the TSRS Late Models and the Texas Pro Sedans- along with the Thunderhill Raceway ASA A-Line Super Stocks, Thunder Stocks, Grand Stocks and NasKarts. The ever-popular JRA Kids Bike and Power Wheel races are also on the agenda.
Thunderhill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, asphalt D-shaped oval stock-car race track that’s located at 24801 IH-35, just north of San Marcos (TX) near Yarrington Road (Exit #210). For more information on Thunderhill Raceway, visit the THR website at www.thunderhillraceway.com.
By DEBBIE WILLIAMS
PR Director – Thunderhill Raceway