Louise Smith

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Louise Smith
Born (1916-07-31)July 31, 1916
Barnesville, Georgia, United States
Died March 4, 2006(2006-03-04) (aged 89)
Cause of death Cancer
Awards

International Motorsports Hall of Fame (1999)
Member of the "Living Legends" Racing Club in Daytona Beach
Member of "The Old Timer's" Racing Club in Archdale, North Carolina

Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
11 race(s) run over 3 year(s)
Best finish 63rd (1949)
First race 1949 (Daytona Beach)
Last race 1952 (Morristown)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of February 20, 2013.

Louise Smith (July 31, 1916 in Barnesville, Georgia – March 4, 2006) was tied for the second woman to race in NASCAR at the top level. She was known as "the first lady of racing." [1]

She went as a spectator to her first NASCAR race at the Daytona Beach Road Course in 1949. She could not stand watching the races, so she entered her family's shiny new Ford coupe in the race and rolled it. Her hometown Greenville, South Carolina paper featured photos of the wreck, and the town knew about it before she got home [2]. The race was the first race to feature three female drivers (Ethel Mobley and Sara Christian). The trio also competed later that season at the Langley Speedway.

She raced from 1949 to 1956. She won 38 races in her career in numerous formats: late models, modifieds (28 victories), midgets, and sportsman.

Car owner[edit]

She returned in 1971 as a car owner for numerous drivers. She sponsored Ronnie Thomas' Rookie of the Year attempt in 1978.

Award[edit]

She became the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999.

Bibliography[edit]

Books about Louise Smith

Fearless: the story of racing legend Louise Smith (Dutton Books for Children) by Barb Rosenstock, 2010.

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