In her first full season of competition in the U.S. Auto Club (USAC) Northeast Ford Focus midget car series, Stephanie Stevens '06, an engineering major, made USAC history by becoming the first female to earn a title in the Earl's Fast Qualifier (FQ) Championship.
During the 2005 Northeast Ford Focus season, Stevens collected five heat wins, runner-up finishes at Seekonk and Adirondack Speedways and five top-5 finishes in nine Northeast races.
Stevens, now in her 12th year of racing, finished the season ranked fourth in the final USAC Northeast Ford Focus Series standings and edged her competition by a single point to win the 2005 Earl's FQ title.
"Our team is happy with the results of our first year in the USAC Northeast Ford Focus midget car series," Stevens says. "It is a great honor to be the first female to win the Earl's Fast Qualifier award, and that is a testament to our crew and their hard work in learning tracks that we had not raced on in the past."
Ford Focus FQ champs receive $1,000, which will be awarded at the USAC's Champions Night ceremonies in Indianapolis.
"We are looking forward to next season and we would like to thank our family, friends, crew and especially our sponsors for their support this season," Stevens says. "We will chase the USAC Northeast Ford Focus midget car series title in 2006 with a new asphalt chassis while participating in some of the races in newly formed Mid-Atlantic region."