Featured FRN Driver Diary Sports Car — 13 February 2012

Prepping for the 2012 Season

While the off season between the 2011 and 2012 season has been going on for quite some time Chryst Motorsports has been very busy!

The car was winterize and torn apart.  The transmission was removed, the radiator was drained and flushed, and other miscellaneous items.  In December I went to the PRI (Performance Racing Industry) Trade show in Orlando, FL.  I had the privilege to meet many different people within the layers of motorsports.    Between taking seminars and networking with other people the PRI show was a huge learning experience for me.  Learning numerous different types of trades and other various materials made for motorsports really made me understand that there are so many different aspects of racing.

At the end of January and into the beginning of February I was given to opportunity to showcase my car in the Washington Auto Show in the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) Washington DC Regions booth.  I met so many different people while at the show it was an experience I will never be able to explain in full detail.  While meeting these people there were quite a few people interested in becoming involved in motorsports.  Although I have only competed in the road racing series with SCCA there are a few other types of racing people can compete in.  From Solo Auto Cross, to track days, and even off road rally racing SCCA really gives you different types of racing to find the style that best suites you.  Everyone took to the car and really enjoyed seeing how Mazda really has kept up with their love for the Miata.  I got a lot of “I own a Miata as well and it is a great car”.  A huge Congrats to Mazda, for keeping such a great name for them even while competing in motorsports.  A lot of people wanted to learn how they could race their Miata they currently own.  Meeting all these people and hearing their kind words or support and encouragement really confirms why I am chasing my dream to become a professional race car driver.

Things are moving along now that the car is out of the Auto Show.  We can get it scaled and track ready for Sebring in March with the American Le Mans series.  I hope to see you all at an event near you!

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Hometown: Herndon, VA Birthday: October 18th, 1985 Marital Status: Single Hobbies: Racing, co-ed softball, Shopping, and working out Children: None Pets: Lacy (6 years old) and Jeffrey (4 years old) – Both are Mini Daschund Years in Racing- 11 years Awards and Accomplishments: · 25 Career Wins · 77 Top 3 Finishes · 119 Top 5 Finishes · 2 World Championships · 1 National Championship · 5 Regional Championships · Accepted to VW TDI Cup in 2009 · Most Improved Senior Driver of the Year 2008 World Karting Association · Completed Both Skip Barber Racing Schools · Made the list of Top 300 Female Drivers · Accepted into Formula Women as the only American Woman accepted · Fatz Davis Sportsmanship Award

  • tom chryst

    are we related??? my name is tom chryst, i have a dog named lacy, born on oct. 19th, , love cars, have a 1955 chevy belair, live in white marsh, Md., and always thought that the chryst name was very unique,, my father’s father was greek, and came to USA , and had his name changed by official at ellis island to Chryst, because his real name was chrystdodulous…….am impressed with your accomplishments in racing!! keep up the good work…..