2015 Halfway Reflection

The 2015 season is halfway over, with four races down and four to go. I’d like to take this time to briefly reflect on what has happened and where we’re going.

My goal for the 2015 season is to win the NASCAR track championship at Motor Mile Speedway. Winning a championship means that our combination of driver, crewmembers, coaches, equipment and luck was the best of every team for the entire season. Being a champion also proves to the racing community that I’m a force to be reckoned with.

So far I’ve won two races, qualified first for two races, and am 18 points out of the championship lead. (Unfortunately the racetrack disqualified all of the top-5 finishers from the two races on June 28th). I’m very confident I can continue my strong performance.

Our success so far has delighted many and also annoyed some. My coaches and I have worked very hard to polish my racing skills; we’ve experimented with various setups to maximize the car’s performance; and I have been more focused than ever! Because of the disqualifications we now have no room for error, so there is incredible pressure—but I view that pressure as motivation.

I am also very proud of Team Julia’s wonderful and humbling off-track activities. In February I reached out to the organization Girls Who Code (GWC) and have since been privileged enough to represent them on my racecar. GWC is a non-profit whose mission is to close the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors, a cause I passionately and actively support. Since February I have really enjoyed meeting the girls and speaking at their clubs.

Our partnership has created a lot of buzz. Both fans and NASCAR officials ask about the organization and applaud its mission. Girls and their parents have told me that they love seeing girls represented on the racecar, since a positive correlation between women and cars is fairly rare. It’s been a very cool collaboration and I appreciate the positive impact I’ve been able to have on my female fans – in the stands and online!

The Institute for Career Advancement Needs (ICAN) also joined Team Julia this year by being an associate sponsor for our races on June 28th. ICAN’s mission is to develop inspired leaders who transform the communities they serve. After giving my talk, “Can Nice Girls Win (Races)?,” at their women’s leadership conference in April, ICAN wanted to continue our relationship and sponsor a race. I am thrilled and thankful.

I also want to give a huge thank you to each of you. I feel very lucky to have your support and encouragement throughout this journey as we’ve celebrated wins and dealt with adversity. I have a lot of fun talking with you on social media, via email and at the track. I’m grateful every day that you are part of the Team Julia family.

Here’s to a great rest of 2015, starting with my next race this Friday, July 24th!

Thank you 🙂