Women Shifting Gears with Amanda Busick

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"Women Shifting Gears" is a weekly podcast that puts inspiring women from all corners of the automotive world in the left seat. Fasten your seatbelt as host Amanda Busick talks with women in motor racing, collector cars, national and international motoring events, publishing, rallies, and STEM education to hear what drives them to contribute their time and talent to the world of cars. Amanda moves our guests into the fast lane to explore her guest’s career insights, their mentors and influencers, and where they see the future of cars. Most importantly, “Women Shifting Gears” celebrates and collects stories about women’s contributions to the history of cars.

Season 3, Episode 43 - Sara Price - Motocross Champion & Extreme E Series Racer
20-04-2022
Season 3, Episode 43 - Sara Price - Motocross Champion & Extreme E Series Racer
Southern Californian Sara Price has been racing most of her life.  She first raced at the age of eight and by 16, she was racing professionally.  In 2010, she was the first female factory-supported motocross racer with Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing.  She has won 19 national motocross championships.  Prior to making the switch to four-wheeled racing in 2012, she also medaled in Women's Super X at the 2010 X Games, and holds the record as the winningest female amateur to date. She currently competes in Off-Road Desert racing in a Trophy Truck, and works as a stunt professional, performing on motorcycles and in vehicles, and as a precision driver for television and film.Sara recently returned for her second season with Chip Ganassi Racing after becoming the first driver announced for the new electric racing venture in Extreme E in 2021. Price is the first female driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in the team’s 32-year history and was also the first female driver signed in the new Extreme-E series.  Price and her teammate Kyle LeDuc drive the No. 99 GMC HUMMER EV for Chip Ganassi Racing.  The Extreme-E series is the first sport built out of concern for the climate crisis. The series’ goal is to use electric racing to highlight remote environments under threat of climate change issues, and to encourage us all to take positive action to protect our planet’s future.  The five-race series goes to the extreme in Saudi Arabia, Italy (twice) Chile and Uruguay.
Season 3, Episode 42 - Stefy Bau and the Power of Positive Thinking
13-04-2022
Season 3, Episode 42 - Stefy Bau and the Power of Positive Thinking
Stefy Bau was born and raised in Italy.  As a child, she barely remembers a time when she wasn’t on a motorcycle.  She was first introduced to bikes by her father at age 4 and by 6, she was hooked on motocross.  At that point, she told her parents that she would one day race professionally and live in the United States.  Because her parents supported her 100% and told her she could be anything she wanted to be, she pursued her dream with great passion.She was successful from the beginning as she won every race she entered.  She was the first woman to win every round of the WMA National Championship in 1999.  Her career led her to seven Italian National Championships, 5 US National Championships, and 3 Women World Championships.  She was considered one of the fastest women motocross racers in the world.  But in 2005, her career suddenly ended.At the age of 28, a mishap with a jump completely shattered both of Stefy’s ankles.  She was told that there was only a 1% chance that her left leg could be saved.  After being bed-ridden for 6 months and then in a wheelchair and eventually crutches, it took 10 years of surgeries to fix her ankle so that she could walk again.She was angry and in a very dark place at first, but then decided to take the positives out of the situation like being able to walk again, and proving all the doctors wrong.  By her parents telling her she could do anything, coupled with finding the positive in everything, Stefy was able to defy the odds in a devastating injury and stay in the sport she loves.Oh, the power of positive thinking!Stefy is currently the CEO of Init Esports where they focus on SIM-Racing and the development of women in gaming and Init Sports that develops athletes and brands in the motorsports industry with particular attention to the electric motorcycle market and the Ebike industry.  Stefy also serves on the advisory board of WiST (Women In Sports Tech) and continues to mentor women in sports and gaming to help grow the community.
Season 2, Episode 38 - Jessica Fickenscher - Chief Experience Officer at Speedway Motorsports
09-02-2022
Season 2, Episode 38 - Jessica Fickenscher - Chief Experience Officer at Speedway Motorsports
It’s all about the fan experience.  This week’s guest, Jessica Fickenscher, is the Chief Experience Officer for Speedway Motorsports and makes it her daily mission to ensure race fans at their eleven premier NASCAR facilities have an experience of a lifetime. Speaking of experiences, Jessica has experienced a lot in her 25+ years at Speedway Motorsports.  She first entered the doors as an intern and will probably exit those same doors when she walks into retirement.  Her fans-first initiatives have delivered best-in-class fan experiences and she continues to create ways to make their attendees happy and coming back for more. If the fan experience responsibility wasn’t enough, Fickenscher also facilitates capital improvement and property development projects across the company’s facilities and oversees their relationship with food service partner, Levy Restaurants.  In addition, she leads business operations as the senior executive for company subsidiaries U.S. Legend Cars which consists of the world’s largest producer of fun and affordable race cars, and SMI Properties, a souvenir production and merchandising division. Fickenscher is the managing director of Speedway Children’s Charities national chapter and serves as a board member for the Charlotte chapter. Speedway Children’s Charities is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides funding for non-profit organizations in the Charlotte community that meet the direct needs of children. Jessica chats with host Amanda Busick about how she juggles so many responsibilities while maintaining a family life – something that is important to not only Jessica, but to her employer as well. Special thanks to our friends at Covercraft for sponsoring this podcast.
Season 2, Episode 32 - Taylor Hagler - Professional Racer
29-12-2021
Season 2, Episode 32 - Taylor Hagler - Professional Racer
After spending 10 years in equestrian show jumping competition, Taylor Hagler traded in the horse for horsepower in 2018. This was a natural progression, as Taylor and her father have been lifelong sports car racing fans. Taylor moved into Spec Miata in NASA Texas and has proven to be a quick study in sports car racing. In her first season of competition, Taylor worked up to 5th place of 69 drivers in the NASA Texas Spec Miata championship. She was also awarded the Rookie of the Year by the NASA Texas organization for the skill and growth that she exhibited throughout the season.In the latter part of 2018 and early 2019, Taylor made another big step in her racing career and collected her first win at Road Atlanta with the SCCA and her first pole position at MSR Houston with NASA. These strong performances caught the eye of the X-Factor Racing team who was plotting a return to professional racing.  With this deal, Taylor began testing in the potent Honda Civic for her professional debut at Circuit of the Americas in March of 2019.In her debut weekend in TC America, Taylor was able to earn her first podium finish in front of family, friends, and a home crowd at Circuit of the Americas in Elroy, Texas.  She followed up her early season success with another podium finish and her first career pole position at Watkins Glen. As a result of her consistent improvement throughout the year, Taylor finished her debut season in professional racing in 5th place in the TC America TCA Driver’s Championship.For the 2020 season, Taylor signed with Honda Performance Development (HPD) to drive in the IMSA TCR series under LAP Motorsports and LA Honda World Racing. She and co-driver Ryan Eversley captured one podium finish and five Top 5 finishes during the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season.  Taylor also captured the pole position for the second event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during a break-out weekend in 2020.Taylor joined Michael Lewis in the number 77 Hyundai Veloster N TCR for Bryan Herta Autosport in the 2021 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge where they finished the season at the top of the podium as champions of the series.  Hagler became the first-ever female to earn the championship title in the TCR category and is the second female champion in IMSA history.Hagler was also named the 2021 SRO GT World Challenge America Rookie of the Year.All of this in just four professional racing seasons.  Wow.