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K&N Development Driver Caitlin Shaw to Compete in USAC National Series
High school senior Caitlin Shaw has been racing for half of her life. The 18-year-old Albuquerque, New Mexico resident is the newest member of the K&N Engineering racing family.
Caitlin Shaw is K&N Engineering's Newest Development Driver
“K&N found me through the Ford Focus Midget program,” said Shaw. “I was a top five finisher in half of my races last season.” Shaw has been running USAC midgets for two seasons. As part of the K&N Driver Development program Shaw will race full midgets in the USAC Series.
“We are delighted to work with her in her 3rd season as she takes on the National schedule on the pavement,” said Charles Maier, K&N Director of Sports Marketing. “Caitlin is part of a minority group of women running in the class. I believe there are less than 5 young ladies running in this class across the nation. At K&N we intend to get behind her and support her efforts to be successful this year!”
Caitlin's father, Kelly Shaw also raced. Together they restored a vehicle when she was only 9-years-old and she’s been on the track in one way or another ever since. Shaw moved up to mini sprints from quarter midgets at age 14 where she was the youngest and only female driver. She was very successful in both of those divisions winning multiple championships in the quarter midgets and receiving Most Improved Mini-Sprint Driver at Sandia Motorsports Park. Two years ago Shaw advanced into the USAC Ford Focus Midget Racing Series where she competed against drivers of all ages across the United States.
“My goal is to drive in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series within the next two years,” said Shaw. “Within five years I hope to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.” Shaw’s crew chief is Gary Huffman, who is also the No. 49 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Crew Chief. She said he taught her how to build shocks and work on race cars.
“I’m also a big believer in K&N Engineering products,” said Shaw. “I’ve used K&N filters for years. K&N makes the best products out there. We get excellent filtration and our expensive engines are protected from track debris.”
Her first race in her K&N midget will be April 12 in Kenly, North Carolina. From there, it’s on to high school graduation. Shaw has been enrolled in Advanced Placement English for four years and currently has a 4.0 grade point average and a 3.5 cumulative grade point average. “I study while I’m on the road,” said Shaw. “I took a lot of extra courses to get ahead over the summer. It is hard work, but it’s important and I hope to be a role model for other young girls out there who want to race.”
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K&N Engineering, Inc., with headquarters in Riverside, California, has been the world's leader in performance filter technology since 1969, serving the needs of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial and military markets. K&N is heavily involved in nearly every form of motorsports from off-road and powersports to drag racing, stock cars and road racing. For more information about K&N Filters, please contact K&N Engineering, Inc., P.O. Box 1329, Riverside, CA 92502-1329, (800) 213-4182 for a dealer near you, (800) 858-3333 for technical service/questions, (951) 826-4001 Fax, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.knfilters.com.
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