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About Me:
Birthplace: Willoughby, Ohio
Residence: Phoenix, Arizona
Daughter: Lindsay Lessman
Debut in Racing: 1973 Amateur Sports Car Club of America
First Indy Race: 1992 Indianapolis 500

Indy Racing Career Achievements:

 1992 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of The Year (first woman to win)

 Seven Indianapolis 500 starts in nine years, including six consecutive starts (1992 - 1997)

 Highest qualifying: sixth - 1994 Indy 500; Finish – eleventh, 1992

 Set world record on closed-course for women reaching 225.722 mph during the 1995 Indy 500 qualification weekend

 Oldest Driver in the field (53) of the 2000 Indy 500

 Raced in 15 Indy races including CART Championship and Indy Racing League. Scored 2 Top-10 qualifying spots; 1 Top-10 Finish

National & International Racing Career Highlights:

 Held 31 international and national closed circuit speed records over a 20-year period.

 Raced twice (`89, `91) in the Biggest Endurance race in the World; The 24 Hours of Le Mans (France)

 Two wins in The 24 Hours of Daytona (winning GTO Team Driver in `87 & `90).

• Raced (9 times) in the famous 12 Hours of Sebring Endurance race (winning GTO Team driver in `90).

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 Raced in 53 SCCA Trans-Am races with 7 Top-5 finishes and raced in 62 IMSA GT races with 6 wins and 17 Top-5 and 37 Top-10 finishes.

 Only woman to win an IMSA GT race driving solo (’85 Watkins Glen)

 Raced in the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit Revival & Festival Meetings in England in 2001, 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Life & Business Achievements:

 Invited to the White House to meet with Presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and William Clinton.

 “Sports Illustrated for Women” Top-100 Women Athletes of the Century

 Consumer Adviser for Ford Motor Company between 1981 and 1996.

 “Working Woman Magazine” one of “The 350 Women who changed the world between 1976-1996”.

 2008 Automotive Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award

 2006 Northwood University Distinguished Woman of the Year

 2002 Office Depot Visionary Sportswoman of the Year

 2001 Guiding Woman in Sports Award from the National Association for Girls & Women in Sports

Presentations to & Endorsements with top American corporations, sporting authorities and business associations including: Ford Motor Co., JC Penney, Lifetime Television for Women, Merrill Lynch, Yellow Freight Corporation, Northern Telecom, U.S. Olympic Committee, American Institute of Banking, GTE, Walt Disney World, NIKE, NAFE, HSBC, etc.

 President of the Women’s Sports Foundation (1990-93).

• Active on the following Boards: Kettering University Board of Trustees, founding board member of Human Performance International, O’varComing Together Ovarian Cancer Advisory Board, Indiana Fever Advisory Board, the Indianapolis Woman Magazine Board of Advisors, NASCAR’s Diversity Council and Race Commission, Vice Chair of Indiana Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sport, Chair of Board of Stewards of Indiana Motorsports Association.

Lyn St. James and the New Millennium:

 Actively promoting the 501c3 foundation; Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation and working on development programs in quest of training the upcoming young, talented female drivers of the New Millennium. Established Women in the Winner’s Circle ™, May 19, 2003, to celebrate the achievements and provide mentoring and leadership programs for women in the motorsports and automotive industries. Launched Project Podium, an endowed scholarship fund for women in racing.

 In demand for speaking engagements for businesses and corporations all over the world.
What car(s) do you own?
1988 Ford Thunderbird NASCAR record run car
What do you like to do (e.g. vintage race with...)?
drive race cars; keynote speaker as a living
What clubs do you belong to?
What would you like to do (e.g. go to race school; get into Vintage Racing)?
do some vintage racing
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At 5:12pm on January 17, 2011, Stephen Page said…

Hi Lyn

I just met Dr. Kevin Fegan at Northwood University.

He spoke of you very highly - I smiled as I think the world of you!

We opened the Texas Museum of Automotive History - see on November 20th, 2010. We honored Johnny Rutherford.

Would you consider being our honoree for 2011 ?

The Black Tie event will be in November (date to be confirmed). In addition to showing casing the inter-development between race cars and commercial cars, the museum teaches life and work skills to at risk children.

Please give me a call when you get this email - 214-676-4333

Many thanks - Stephen Page



At 10:28am on February 28, 2010, adam hosey said…
Lyn,My name is adam Hosey.I am a photogrpaher in the Pacific Northwest. I saw your interview with Dave Despain.I support women in motorsports. I think it's awesome.Someday soon there will be women in the winners circle,and it will be common.
Please accept my invitation to visit my website,,as well as join my group ,Adam Hosey Photography,on
All the best!
Adam Hosey
At 2:36am on August 22, 2009, Chris Dobie said…
Hi Lyn was just updating my page with some of my photography when I clicked on the "Members" tab and there right up the front is the delightful Lyn St James. Could not resist the opportunity to say hi.
At 2:50pm on April 15, 2009, Mach said…
Hey Lyn, Are you going to be at the big 45th mustang event this weekend? I'd love to meet you there. Birmingham AL, should be nice this time of year. Hope to see you there, I'm bringing my all original 1979 Indy Pace Car "stang" to the show.
Tony B.

PS> Your still the "hottest" chick in Racing
At 4:45pm on April 14, 2009, Mauro Borella said…
Ciao Lyn, you are famous also here in Italy, we had too some good woman in car racing (Lella Lombardi, Maria Teresa De Filippis..all Formula One drivers) but the echo of your racing career is still very strong. I think I did a "Daytona 24 hrs." in the mid-nineties where also you was racing. All the best from Milano. Mauro
At 9:20am on March 27, 2009, DOUG STOKES said…
At 4:21pm on March 2, 2009, Gail Hill said…
Hi Lyn,
I am a new member and thought I would just say hello. I would invite you to be a friend but have no idea what one is supposed to do. Your record is very impressive and of course I had heard of you. Are you still racing? As a woman who is also now in her 50's aaaarrgh! its nice to see that you were still competitive at a similar age. I only hope that I can add to my achievements thus far after this season.
Kind Regards
At 4:27pm on February 22, 2009, Track Chic said…
Hi Lyn-
Your upcoming Need for Speed Experience looks fantastic! We are thrilled to share the information with female motorsport enthusiasts on
All the best,
Theresa Earnheart
At 5:14pm on February 20, 2009, Mike Allison said…
Hi Lynn,
I just read your new column in NSSN. Nice piece and I wish you well with your continuing efforts to bring more female drivers into this sport. To think.females weren't allowed in the pits at the many racing events. What were we/they thinking??!!
At 5:00pm on February 18, 2009, Doug McCabe said…
Do you remember a Autocross Challenge in Dayton Ohio when the Thunderbirds were intoduced??

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