Perfect start on the road to Daytona for Powell

29/05/13 - Alice Powell continues to be the one to catch in the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge, heading a table of over 120 drivers through seven categories.

Alice Powell continues to be the one to catch in the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge, heading a table of over 130 drivers through seven categories.

The driver who earns the most points during the season will win a drive in the GRAND-AM 200 race on the support bill of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Powell has taken her Mark Bailey Racing Dallara F305 to the top step of the podium in all but one of this season's F3 Cup races, settling for second behind Henry Chart in race one at Silverstone. Her two poles, fastest laps and race wins at the opening round at Oulton Park ensured she had the perfect start to her F3 Cup season as well as the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge.

The chance to race in America on the support bill of the Rolex 24 at Daytona is something Powell is eager to take up, and she's hopeful it will help her realise her dream of racing at the very top of international motorsport.

"I am really excited to be leading the Sunoco GRAND-AM 200 Challenge.  However, I am not 'counting my chickens' because it is early in the season, a lot could happen, and there are a lot of excellent drivers competing for the prestigious prize. The thought of the possibility of competing in the USA, in such a showcase event, is never out of my mind and it would be an honour for me to participate," she said.

"Females have an extremely tough time in the UK getting recognition, and hopefully this is not the case in the USA. When I won the BARC Formula Renault UK Championship I was told that, as a female, sponsorship would come flooding in but I never got recognition - this is largely due to the fact that no women have raced in F1 for nearly 40 years. I am trying to change all that and, if I win the Challenge, this will be a great public platform to help young girls get into motorsport. Although Danica Patrick is not leading the NASCAR series, TV viewing in the series increased by 15% - I am still only 20 years old and I have a lot left in me yet," she added.

The next round of F3 Cup takes place at Brands Hatch on 1/2 June on a
packed race timetable including more single-seaters, GT Cup and three Radical
series. Find out more here.

Click here to view Alice Powell's driver profile.