Julie Stepan went to her first race track when she was only six weeks old. “It’s
always been in my blood,” said the 21-year-old racer. “There is nothing else I’d
rather be doing.”
Stepan currently races a 2007 Chevy Cobalt in the NHRA Sport Compact
Series. She began racing 13 years ago behind the wheel of a NHRA Jr. Dragster.
Stepan worked on her skills in Jr. Dragster until her parents bought a 1968
Chevy Camaro for her 16th birthday. Within a few months she was racing in the
Super Comp class.
Julie Stepan and 2007 Cobalt with K&N Products
Julie Stepan races in NHRA Xplod Sport Compact Series
Julie Stepan has 10 career NHRA Wally Trophies
Julie Stepan has used K&N her entire racing career
Stepan graduated high school in 2004 and her life took another turn a few months
later. “I entered the Easy Street Motorsports’ Maximum Velocity Female Driver
Search,” she said. “I had solid racing experience and was chosen as one of the
eight finalists. I gave up my weekends in high school to race and it paid off.
Racing is the most important thing to me.”
Stepan met the Easy Street challenge and won. “I moved to California from Grand Prairie, Texas to be with the race
team,” she said. “It was the biggest decision of my life, but it was awesome to
practice in a 1,000-horsepower Subaru STi. My first run was at Irwindale
Dragstrip. I was a little nervous, but when I started the car I was ready.”
Stepan was soon contesting in the Sport Compact Series. In 2005-2006, she drove
in the Sport Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) category, earning 10 career NHRA Wally
Trophies and the coveted Sport RWD Series Championship Crown in 2006.
In 2007, Stepan joined Marty Ludwing Racing to contest the NHRA Xplod Sport
Compact Series behind the wheel of a 2007 Chevy Cobalt in the All Motor
“I have used K&N Engineering products my whole racing career,” said Stepan. “All
the cars I’ve raced with seem to perform best with K&N.
Stepan’s next race will be October 6 and 7 at Englishtown, New Jersey.
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