Belinda
Endress

 "Belinda is Driven" -Women in Sports Magazine April, 2003
"California's Golden Girl of Motor Racing" -Women in Sports Magazine

Oct. 8th-9th Infineon Raceway, Napa CA
It was a beautiful weekend at Infineon Raceway. The weather was perfect.

The #99 car got some new fenders, hood and grill after the punt to the wall at Thunderhill, and it was colorful. Didn’t have time to get it painted but I didn’t care, it’s not visible from the cockpit.

I haven’t been to Infineon in years and was so glad we were able to practice on Friday. Infineon is one of the toughest tracks out there, very technical. Another thing I need to work on is the shifting of this stock car. I am very proficient at heel toe and with this transmission you only need to left foot break, breath to neutral and down shift. Up shift is a breath to neutral and up. Easy. For me the down shift is something that I will be working on, and the left foot braking, that is something I only do in karts, so I’ll be working on that as well. I know getting that right will knock off some good chunks of time. And to be competitive that’s the name of the game. I didn’t practice this at this event because if I do that to my Mazda, Boom! There goes the transmission. So I felt it wasn’t worth it. But it looks like I might be running the #99 car next year and not the Mazda. So I have my homework cut out for me.

I felt very comfortable after the last session on Friday and was looking forward to a great race weekend.

Saturday I qualified 10th out of 19 entries. Not impressed, but confident that I would come along in stride. In Saturday’s race I finished 8th.

Sunday during Practice I developed a 2nd gear problem. The crew worked hard on it but the problem continued. In the qualifying race, I dropped to the back of the pack, not wanting to mess up the others race, and not knowing how bad the gear problem was. So I raced with out 2nd gear and yes, I was slow! Finished 14th.

Never made the start of Sundays main race. We backed the car out only to find that the gearbox would not engage in any gear accept reverse. Back in the garage I went, still saddled up, with the car jacked up, the crew under the car, and all I could see was the ASC racers come around turn 11. My heart sunk, I really wanted to be out there! The crew desperately tried to get me back on track, but to no avail. I took my belt and helmet off and headed up to turn 2 to watch with JD, Nick and Ross. I’m glad I did, I got to really see some excellent driving and some exciting moments. There are a few things I learned sitting up there watching, as my heart so wanted to be out on track. A few new things to work on in my driving craft.

Next race is at Buttonwillow, Nov 12-13th. We will be ready.

Source: www.godswhls.com/articles.asp?Cat=1

Belinda Endress will be competiting in a GT-2 Mazda at her local venues this year.

Nine years experience in auto racing in professional and amateur events. Expertise in driving instruction for major racing schools, National Auto Sports Association, Sports Car Club of America, BMW, Mercedes, and other car clubs. She is also a test driver for a major automotive suspension manufacturer. Effective spokesperson and team player able to be competitive both on and off the track.

The car is spec built and will run with the Super 7 Series. The car is currently being tested and will be ready to hit the green flags on March 19th at Buttonwillow Raceway.

P.O. Box 501, Newbury Park, CA or 805.499.3977 or www.godswhls.com or E-Mail

Summary

Nine years experience in auto racing in professional and amateur events. Expertise in driving instruction for major racing schools, National Auto Sports Association, Sports Car Club of America, BMW, Mercedes, and other car clubs. She is also a test driver for a major automotive suspension manufacturer. Effective spokesperson and team player able to be competitive both on and off the track.

Professional Racing Experience

2003 Rolex

MBR Motorsports, Pontiac Firebird

• July 3rd, Daytona Beach, FL. “Paul Revere 250”, 11th place finish in GT Class

2003 Grand-Am Cup

• Oct. 3rd Virginia Int. Raceway, 6th place finish in STI Class, BMW M-Coupe

HRP Motorsports, Acura Integra

• Sept 19th, Mont-Tremblant 250, Quebec, Canada, Won STII Class

• Sept 11th, Sunoco 94 Mosport 3 Hour, Ontario, Canada, 3rd place finish STII Class

• June 28th , Mid-Ohio Twin 200’s, 5th place finish in STII Class

• June 6th-7th California Speedway, Fontana, CA “Lexus 250”, 3rd place finish STII Class

2002 Grand-Am Cup

Global Motorsports, BMW

• April 23rd Phoenix Int. Raceway, Phoenix, AZ. Completed 107 laps. Mechanical DNF

• March 21-24th California Speedway, Fontana, CA. Qualified 17th finished 8th in Class and 8th Overall

2001 Proformance Series

• Nov. 23-24, Phoenix Int. Raceway, Phoenix, AZ, Qualified 2nd finished 2nd GTA Class

2001 Panoz GT Pro Series

Finished 3rd Overall in Series for the year

• December 8-9th, Road Atlanta, GA, qualified 3rd, 3rd place finish

• May 25-26th, Road Atlanta, GA, qualified 2nd, 1st place finish

• May 4-5th, Sebring, FL, qualified 2nd, 2nd place finish

• March 14-16th Sebring, Fl. Started last, 5th place finish

• February 24-25th, Road Atlanta, GA. Qualified on the pole, 2nd place finish

2000 Panoz Winter Series

• February, Road Atlanta, GA, qualified 4th, mechanical DNF

• January, Road Atlanta, GA, qualified 2nd, 1st place finish

• December, Road Atlanta, GA, qualified 3rd, 2nd place finish

2000 Women's Global GT Series

• October 28th, Las Vegas, NV. Qualified 2nd, 2nd place finish

• September 29th, Road Atlanta, Braselton, GA. Qualified 5th, 2nd place finish

• September 2nd, Texas Speedway, Ft. Worth, TX, qualified 1st, mechanical DNF

• July 23, Sears Point, CA. (Grand Prix of Sonoma) qualified 6th, 4th place finish

• April 1, Lowe’s Speedway, Charlotte, N. C. (Grand Prix of Charlotte) qualified 4th, 2nd place finish • March 17, Sebring, FL, qualified 6th, 5th place finish

2000 American LF Mans Series

G&W Motorsports Porsche

• September 30th, Road Atlanta, GA. Petite Le Mans, 10 hr endurance race. First ever all female driving team. Finished 5th in class out of 16, and 20th overall

2000 24 Hrs of Moroso

• December 30-31, West Palm Beach, FL. 1st place finish SSB Class

2000 Motorola Cup

Alegra Motorsports Porsche 944

• March 18, Sebring, Fla., 3 hr. endurance race. Mechanical DNF

2000 Pro-Racing Series

Mistress Motorsports Corvette • April 22nd, Las Vegas, 3 hr. endurance race. 2nd place finish

2000 Proformance Racing Series

• August 6th, Seattle International Raceway, finished 2nd in both races, winning First overall

• September 10th, Portland International Raceway, qualified 2nd, mechanical DNF

1999 Women's Global GT Series

• Finished 8th in point standings in field of 37 drivers. Named “Most Improved Driver”

Amateur Racaing Experience

Regional Road Racing/Time Trials

• 1999 - San Marino Touring Car Club title, Club Racing with BMWCCA, Ferrari & Pantera Owner’s Club, Driving Instructor for BMWCCA and Driving Concepts

• 1998 - Winner of All Class Events Entered at Touring Car Racing Association Events

• 1997 - Fastest lap at Skip Barber Racing School class at Laguna Seca

SCCA Pro Solo/Solo 2

• 1998 - E Street Prepared Ladies National Champion, Southern Pacific Division Overall Men’s Champion.

• 1997 - Undefeated F-Stock Regional Champion, Winner of Overall Women’s and Men’s Championships.

• 1996 - 2nd place in F-Stock Ladies National Championships, Winner of Pro Solo II Ladies Challenge, Wendover, Utah.

• 1995 - F-Stock Ladies National Champion, Winner of Solo II F Stock Ladies divisional class title San Diego Pro Solo II Ladies title and Denver Solo II Ladies Challenge. Named Valvoline “Driver of the Month.”.

• 1994 - F-Stock Ladies National Champion, F-Stock Ladies Regional Champion

Non-Racing History

Cinema & Graphic Arts: her living successfully owning and operating a video & film production business, specializing in capturing the thrills of action sports. Her skills range from in front of the camera to behind the scenes in both product knowledge and development.

Promotion: She has done extensive promotions for various organizations ranging from her own business, sports entertainment, charity functions, school presentations, both on and off the track. Including trade shows, television, documentaries, radio and print work.

Education: Driving instructor for Panoz, Saab, Subaru, BMW, AMCI, Driving Concepts, and NASA. Is currently working on education of alternative career development, and goal setting for students of all ages.

Modeling: Started at age 14, posing for pictorials, industrial ads, and fashion for top publications.

Acting: Enrolled at College of the Canyons in Castaic, Saddleback College in Orange County as well as UC Irvine.

Equestrian: She competed successfully in endurance races. Became an exercise rider and assistant trainer at So. Calif. ranches, the west coast fair circuit’s and at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar racetracks. Briefly rode in races at Pomona, and Los Alamitos. Off track worked with Lay ups, and re-broke stock for both competition and pleasure riding.

Stunt Work: Performed fighting and driving stunts for various film studios, and has done extensive video and film work. Continues to work in sports entertainment.

Wrestling: Broke into women's pro wrestling as "Tornado Red." Today she uses wrestling and kick boxing workouts to stay fit and trains fitness and self-defense to clients.

Skiing: Took up snow skiing and became good enough to win several slalom races at Mammoth Mountain, Calif.

Running = Biking - River Rafting: Has competed in 800 meters and cross-country. Continues to trail run and has completed the Sierra Madre to Mount Wilson and back event. Also enjoys long road and mountain bike rides. Favorite rafting spot is the one used in Indiana Jones movies.

Motorcycling: She likes sport biking, owns and rides a Honda CBR 600 F-2, rides canyons all over California. Has attended many track days at local tracks to improve her skills.

Power Boat Racing: Has raced a small hydro in APBA, won her first event.

Other Auto Racing: Has driven all kinds of showroom stock, stock cars, vintage cars, Spec Racers and Legends cars. Has driven in drag races.

Religion - God comes first: "Everything will fall into place when you've got your priorities straight."

Source: www.godswhls.com/bio.asp

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