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February 16, 2012 News
USF2000: McIntosh and TrueCar Join Pabst Racing Services in 2012
 

Shannon McIntosh will join forces with Pabst Racing Services in the USF2000 Championship as part of TrueCar, Inc. Women Empowered Initiative (Photo: McIntosh)
Shannon McIntosh will join forces with Pabst Racing Services in the USF2000 Championship as part of TrueCar, Inc. Women Empowered Initiative
(Photo: McIntosh)

Pabst Racing Services has announced it has signed Shannon McIntosh to compete in the 2012 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.

McIntosh, who will pilot the No. 18 TrueCar Mazda, joins Pabst Racing Services following her first-ever season of junior formula car competition in the USF2000 Championship. As part of the newly created TrueCar, Inc. 'Women Empowered Initiative’, the florida resident will contest the entire 13-race campaign, partnering rookie Dalton Kellett and series returnee JR Smart.

"After testing Shannon at Autobahn this past October, we were impressed with her intensity and commitment to work with the team to get results," said Augie Pabst, President, Pabst Racing Services. "We are thrilled to be working with Shannon and Truecar for the 2012 USF2000 Series season, and can't wait to get started!"

"After testing at the end of the 2011 season with Pabst, I couldn't be happier to join their team going into my second year of road racing," said McIntosh. "The Pabst team understands my background and developmental needs as a driver progressing into open-wheel. I am 100% positive they will give me the best opportunity for success. I have learned that having a team behind you, who supports you and is willing to work towards one common goal is of absolute importance, and I couldn't be more optimistic going into 2012."

McIntosh, a 22 year-old from Miamisburg, Ohio, cut her teeth on dirt and paved ovals in the Midwest through Quarter Midgets, Micro Sprints, Mini Sprints, and most recently Midgets under the guidance of legendary team owner Bob East. Given her past, she made a sharp turn in 2011, competing in the USF2000 National Championship with Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing. Despite the fact that McIntosh was taking her first bid at road racing, her best result of the season came on a road course.

McIntosh's pursuit of INDYCAR began when she started racing at age five. A career that originally started for fun with her family, continued as she spent time developing her understanding and ability to leverage the business side of motorsports. Given her modest upbringing, she has worked tirelessly to help raise capital to continue to fund her racing career, recently landing a multi-year sponsorship contract with TrueCar, Inc.

TrueCar, creators of the new car pricing information website TrueCar.com, is leveraging their self-made "Women Empowered" initiative as an extension of the company's efforts to empower women in the new car buying experience. With over 80 percent of car buying decisions influenced by women - and 45 percent of all new car purchases made by women- this impactful audience is a significant part of the automotive retail landscape, which will be marketed through associations like the one with McIntosh.

"Shannon is a fierce competitor with tremendous potential, and a wonderful brand ambassador for TrueCar, our dealer partners, and our key supporters through the 'Women Empowered' initiative," said Charles Kim, TrueCar's Director of Motorsports. "Her decision to join Pabst Racing Services is another great step in her development through the 'Mazda Road To Indy' ladder system, as Pabst has a long history of winning races and championships. With Shannon, TrueCar, and Pabst working together, we're looking forward to a great USF2000 season in 2012."

In late 2011, Mashable.com, the popular American news site and Internet news blog with over 50 million monthly page views, named McIntosh one of seven "Must-Follow Athletes on Social Media" while SEVENTEEN magazine, the iconic fashion and beauty magazine for 13 million teen girls each month, named McIntosh one of five finalists in the Hearst Publication's 2011 search for "Pretty Amazing" women, which also included a docu-reality special profiling McIntosh's youth and unusual occupation in a prime-time special on MTV.

In addition to TrueCar, McIntosh's effort in the 2012 USF2000 National Championship is also supported by TAG Heuer timepieces, Arai Helmets, Alpinestars, CLEARBook, Mazda North American, Cooper Tires, CrossFit9, Anytime Fitness St. Pete, YogaBlu Studio, and Baker & Daniels.

McIntosh will kick off the 2012 season on March 15-16 in Sebring, Fla., with Rounds One and Two of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda running in support of the 60th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.

To keep up to date with the 2012 driver line-ups, be sure to regularly visit the eFormulaCarNews.com Tentative Entry List webpage located HERE
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