Hottest Woman in Motorsports?

March 7th, 2007 by William

The lovely Danica Patrick

In the last couple of years there have been several notable female drivers who have emerged onto the main stage of motor sports. In the male dominated realm of auto racing, names like Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher have become common place. However, these women aren’t always applauded for their talents; in fact many in the auto racing fraternity simply like to talk about them because they are attractive members of the opposite sex. Nothing wrong with that, so long as you give them credit for playing with the boys on a playing field that is probably tilted slightly in the man’s favor (unless you’re Robby Gordon, who complained about a woman having an unfair weight advantage). I for one am all for hearing about these women drivers in the media, whether it is in glamour magazines or sports news. I think diversity in motor sports is a wonderful thing, and the more attention it gets the better.

But there is one thing that bothers me (warning this is where I get a bit shallow); some of these girls get classified as “hot” just because they are female racers. And while I’m probably not the best person to make a judgment call on who is hot and who is not, I can’t help but think that there are other attractive women in the world of racing that are flying under the radar. Not to take anything away from Danica and Sarah, they are both talented racers and not unattractive, but I just don’t think they are as “hot” as they hype makes them out to be. In fact there are several other drivers who are at least in the same league in both looks and talent; Katherine Legge who drives in Champ Car, Milka Duno who is a rising star in the Rolex Sports Car Series and Erica Enders who runs a Pro Stock drag racer are a few of the more prominent examples. But there are two in particular who I feel rank above the rest.

Ashley Force

Today I was flipping through AutoWeek’s NASCAR fan guide when I discovered one of the drivers who gets my partial vote for hottest woman driver in motor sports, her name is Ashley Force. Now I have to admit that part of the reason she gets my vote is because she is the daughter of one of the greatest personalities in all of racing, John Force. It appears that Force, who is a legend in the drag racing world, has passed some of his talents on to his second eldest daughter Ashley. The 24 year old Ashley started out running dragsters in the Super Comp sportsman category, but she quickly graduated to bigger and badder things, namely Alcohol/Fuel dragsters capable of five second quarter mile times and 270-mph trap speeds. This year Ashley is continuing her climb up the drag racing ladder and will be join her father as part of a four-car team running an 8000 horsepower, nitro-burning Ford Mustang Funny Car. Oh and did I mention that she is hot. The Force family also has two daughters younger than Ashley who are both racing drag cars as well. I guess talent really does run in the family.


Leilani Munter

The other half of my vote goes to up and coming NASCAR driver Leilani Munter. Munter, who has done her fair share of stunt work in Hollywood, has been ascending the ranks in NASCAR feeder series’ lately. She’s also been featured in numerous magazines including FHM, Men’s Journal, and Corvette Quarterly (woooo hooo Corvettes man!). If she ever breaks into Nextel Cup tickets are going to be very hard to come by.


Vanina Ickx

I would also like to give an honorable mention to Vanina Ickx, daughter of the great Grand Prix driver Jackie Ickx. The beautiful Belgian native has had a strong career in sports car and endurance racing and has done her family name proud.

-Bill Mertz

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About William

I am a twenty something car enthusiast. I spend most of my days working in a small restoration shop in Northern California that specializes in vintage Alfa Romeos. I also manage to do some freelance writing for a handful of automotive publications. When I'm not at the shop I can usually be found working on one of my own project cars, out driving on a good windy road or good jeep trail. Despite what my girlfriend says cars aren't what defines me, they are only what I do. When I have a chance I also love to go camping, play sports or generally do any type of outdoor activity. I don't take myself to seriously, so I hope you don't either.

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