ROSEVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 12, 2016) – Bill McAnally Racing today announced that Julia Landauer will join the team’s lineup in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series for 2016.
Landauer brings with her a diverse racing resume that includes a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship this past season in the Limited Late Model division at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Virginia.
The 24-year-old – who is originally from New York City; but currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina – joins a BMR driver lineup that includes Chris Eggleston, Todd Gilliland, and Riley Herbst. Plans call for all four drivers to run the full schedule in the K&N Pro Series West, which includes 14 races across eight states, along with select events in the K&N Pro Series East. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series television broadcast schedule on NBCSN will be announced at a later date.
“It’s great to have Julia join the BMR team, as she moves up to the K&N Pro Series,” said BMR President Bill McAnally. “She has experienced success in a variety of racing venues and we want to provide her the opportunity to continue that success at this level of competition. We look forward to working with her again and anticipate an exciting season ahead.”
It marks a return to BMR for Landauer, who competed in a handful of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model races for the race team at All American Speedway in Roseville, California in 2009.
Landauer will be making her debut in the K&N Pro Series as she launches into her rookie season in 2016.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be racing in the K&N Pro Series with Bill McAnally Racing,” Landauer said. “Bill and I have worked together in the past, so I’m really looking forward to building on that relationship for a great team dynamic this year.
“After a track championship in 2015, it’s time to carry that momentum into 2016,” she said. “BMR is a successful, hard working group of people who produce top-notch equipment and I can’t wait to get on track for the first race. A huge thank you to all of the partners who helped make this season come together.”
Landauer began her racing career at the age of 13, competing in the Skip Barber Racing series in 2005. The following year she ran the full series and became the first female champion in the history of the series, scoring 12 wins.
Her racing resume also includes Formula BMW in 2007, Ford Focus Midgets in 2008, late model events with BMR in 2009, select late model races at South Boston (Virginia) Speedway in 2010/2011, and partial seasons in Legend cars from 2012 to 2014. She became the first woman to win a NASCAR track championship in the Limited Late Model division at Motor Mile Speedway in 2015.
Landauer has been busy away from the track, as well. She graduated from Stanford University in 2014, with a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society. Landauer took a short hiatus from racing in 2012 to be a cast member on the television series “Survivor.” She made it to day 19 before being eliminated in the season that aired in early 2013.
Landauer is also an advocate for women in sports and in education in the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.