The Ride Of Your Life The Story Of Lyn St.James

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There's no sound in the world like the scream of an Indy car. The seamless vibrato of aneight cylinder engine humming at over 10,000rpm's and the nerve wracking pitch changeas an open wheel race car flies by at 200 miles per hour are sounds everybody knows.Sitting in the custom molded race seat a few inches off the ground, the most dominantsound you hear is a constant high-pitched wail, a noise that is at once as beautiful as aconcert piano and as unnerving as a sonic boom. With a chance to experience somethinglike this, what would you do? The answer is anything, and all NASCAR drivers have tocontend with that wide open range of possibilities. Lyn St.James more so than most,because besides the usual problems and strife, she also had to contend with being only thesecond female to every try and race on the professional circuit. In her accomplishments,Lyn proved herself to be a determined and perseverant individual.Even before she started racing this was true, growing up she already likes racing,but when her mother found out she scolded Lyn, and told her that she was never to raceagain, that she should study the piano and become a secretary like a proper lady. And Lyndid just that, she went to school and became a secretary for U.S. Steel in Cleveland, andtaught piano part-time. When she married John Carusso she got back into racing, notpersonally, but as a handy girl for his pit crew and garage while he was racing in a smallcircuit knows as SCCA. When he moved up to a corvette and a higher circuit of racinghe loaned her the 1973 ford pinto he had been racing and she took it on her first race,after taking the required classes, of course. But on her first race she drove it into asinkhole. But even though she knew that this was a one time thing she couldn't help butwant to keep racing. And so she got a higher paying job, and bought her own little car torace with, as well as taking all the time she could get volunteering at her husbandsgarage, so that she knew what she was doing, and At the end of that year, 1974, She wonher first race, and a rookie of the year award for that circuit. By not giving up when shefailed, badly. She proved that she wasn't a quitter. And when she came back from such abad first race she proved that she was willing to work to get what she wanted.Another trial on her self-esteem and pride was when she was racing mustangs forRoush on a circuit. She was in a Camel GT race and won first place, her second win in arow. But when she got up to the podium,...

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