Sarah Cornett-Ching continues to live the dream

Sarah Cornett-Ching continues to live the dream

(DENVER, N.C. – October 15, 2015) – One year ago, a commercial welder in Canada had a dream to race professionally. She scraped, saved, and sacrificed daily in order to have enough money simply to race a single event at Daytona International Speedway.

Fast forward a full year. That very same commercial welder has overcome obstacles, broken down barriers and carried herself to the precipice of history. Following the event at Kansas this weekend, Sarah Cornett-Ching is in position to become the highest finishing female rookie in the history of the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards.

But her successes weren’t without struggles.

“It was a bit overwhelming the first few races we ran this season,” said Cornett-Ching. “We had crazy things happen and a bunch of bad luck, but I believe that helped me to gel that much quicker with the team and to get comfortable faster than maybe I would have otherwise.”

As the season wore on, the No. 2 team made a habit of fighting adversity and overcoming it. The rookie driver gradually worked her way up in the standings, sitting as high as sixth, just a few markers out of the top five. Various issues struck her race team, however, sometimes resulting in early exits from the race.

However, it wasn’t all bad news throughout the season. She set the record for highest finishing female in an ARCA road course event in New Jersey. She captured a bundle of top 10 finishes at some of the tour’s most difficult tracks and drove through the field at Chicago to finish eighth after missing the drivers meeting.

“When we really started hitting our stride, things went very well mid-season,” said the native of Summerland, B.C., Canada. “I had never been on a road course in my life and set an ARCA record. Then, to knock off top 10’s at Winchester and Chicago was something special, and I really began to feel at home in these big, heavy cars.”

Entering Kansas, Cornett-Ching sits 60 points out of sixth in the standings, the equivalent of only 12 on-track positions. If she is able to ascend back to sixth, she will tie the overall year-end finishing mark for any female in ARCA competition set by former NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Shawna Robinson in 2000.

“I got to meet Shawna a few months ago and it’s truly amazing the things she did and the hurdles she had to overcome,” Cornett-Ching said. “Sure, we’ve had some bad luck this year, but it pales in comparison to some of the obstacles Shawna had to overcome as one of the trailblazers for other women in the sport at this level, including me. She’s a fantastic role model, a great mentor, and someone I’m honored to have in my corner as I pursue my career in the sport. But I still hope we can match her record.” 

Comments
BBAGfan

Great article! Know that we are all so proud of your accomplishments - whether or not you set a record!  Good luck buddy <3

Lee R.

Good luck this weekend, Sarah...

roy c.

Make it all happen, you can do it!  Following from Jacksonville, FL

MarblesRacin

Run hard and have a good race !

 

Gail C.

Great article. Good luck tomorrow 

 

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