McQueen ready to start her 30th year in racing with new goals in mind
Dupo, IL (February 2, 2015) It’s hard to believe that Shannon McQueen has been behind the wheel of a racecar for the last 29 years, but it’s her 30th year that has her excited and ready to get started. Beginning her racing career in quarter midgets at age seven, Shannon moved through the open wheel ranks in typical fashion. Whether it was quarter midgets, micro sprints, or midgets, McQueen has been fast and a proven winner no matter what she has driven. In 2015, she will again move up the open wheel ranks, as she teams with USAC 360 sprint car owner Bobby VanMeter for what may be her toughest challenge yet. It won’t be tough for her to adapt to bigger cars and more horsepower, what will be tough is the long race schedule that she must balance with her 60 plus hours a week as a director for a large CPA firm. Speed is of no concern to McQueen, who previously held the midget track record at Calistoga Speedway for several years.
Chili Bowl Ends and 2015 Begins
Dupo, IL (January 19, 2015) After a rough preliminary night, Shannon and her McQueen Racing team were poised and ready to improve on their Chili Bowl results. Based on her Tuesday night C-main finish, Shannon lined up fourth in Saturday’s first K-main event. At the end of the ten lap event, Shannon finished third and transferred into the J-main, where she would line up a few spots behind teammate Amber Balcaen. Similar to the K-main, Shannon would have ten laps to try to come from the back of the field into the top four in order to continue racing. At the end of the ten lap race, Shannon came up one spot short and finished in fifth position, thereby ending her 2015 Chili Bowl.
Shannon McQueen Makes the Top 50 Among 2014 Midget Racers
Dupo, IL (December 22, 2014) - The 2014 Downforce Inc. Midget Power Rankings by Lonnie Wheatley have been announced and Shannon earned a ranking of 33rd out of all the midget drivers in the country. This is pretty impressive for someone who works a non-racing job at least 60 hours a week and only competed in 17 events during the season. Shannon was also the only female driver to make it into the Top 50 this season. This driver ranking is in addition to her sixth place finish in the 2014 Western Midget Driver of the Year standings.
During her limited schedule in 2014, Shannon picked up two A-main wins and eight Top Ten finishes. Her wins came at the Stockton 99 Dirt track in Stockton, CA and Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA. She also added podium finishes at the Stockton 99 Dirt track and at Santa Maria Speedway. She finished up the season with an 18th place finish in the Turkey Night Grand Prix.
McQueen comes home with a Top 20 finish in the 74th Annual Turkey Night Grand Prix
On Thanksgiving while most people are at home with their families and friends, racers from coast to coast gather in Perris, California for the prestigious Turkey Night Grand Prix. Shannon McQueen and her Shannon McQueen Racing team are no exception. After motor trouble last week at the Western World event, McQueen and her team went back home, regrouped, and brought her #7 back out with some fresh Esslinger horsepower.
After a low pill draw, Shannon found herself in the first hot lap session on a relatively slow racetrack. She made the best of it as she dialed in her Spike chassis and turned the second quickest lap of the group. During qualifying, Shannon laid down a lap of 17.901, which was good enough for an 18th place qualifying effort out of 34 total cars. Based on the Turkey Night format, this time was also good enough to lock the McQueen #7 into the 98 lap A-main event.
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