Athletes

MEET THE SHIFT UP NOW ATHLETES And management team

Pippa Mann

  • Grew up racing in the UK and Europe
  • First female racer to score points in World Series by Renault
  • 7 time Indy 500 Competitor, Indy Lights Race Winner
  • Only female with a 230+ mph lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • 2021 class winner at ADAC Total 24 hour race at the Nordschleife
  • Sports car racer / coach at large

Shea Holbrook

  • Born and raised in Florida
  • Cut her teeth in Touring Cars – First female race winner at Long Beach
  • 2019 W Series Competitor
  • Hixon Motor Sports Global MX-5 Cup team manager, owner of BSI
  • Competing in select events for Round 3 Racing / Hagerty / Cooper Tire in World Racing League
  • Momma to Shift Up Now’s Youngest Member, Olivia

Erin Vogel

  • Started racing in her 30s
  • Class win at NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill (2018)
  • 15 1st place finishes and 16 podium finishes at Porsche Trophy West in GT4
  • GT4 racing in SRO America in 2019, Rebelle Rally Rookie Team of the Year in 2020
  • Racing in GT Word Challenge America in an AMG GT3 in 2021
  • Goal to lead a female team at the 24 hours of Daytona, and race in the IMSA WeatherTech series

Sarah Montgomery

  • Lafayette Louisiana native, who started racing in dirt oval karts.
  • Started racing in cars before she had her driving license
  • First female to stand on Global MX-5 Cup Series (2019, 4 podiums)
  • Currently races for Round 3 Racing /Hagerty / Team Cooper Tire in a Porsche Cayman in the GTO class of World Racing League
  • Goal to drive in the IMSA WeatherTech series

Michele Abbate

  • West Coast racer from Las Vegas
  • Youngest female racer to earn a GT1 SCCA National Championship Podium
  • First ever female racer to stand on the podium in Trans Am TA 2 (West Coast Championship, 2020)
  • Runner up in West Coast Trans Am TA 2 Championship in 2020, returning in 2021 with support from Lucas Oil and Hagerty
  • Goal to compete in the National Trans Am Championship

Loni Unser

  • Raised in Idaho, calls Colorado home
  • Started racing at 19 years old
  • Winner of the 2020 World Racing League Eastern Championship in GP2 with Round 3 Racing / Shell / Team Cooper Tire
  • Competing in Mazda Mx5 Cup with Hixon Motor Sports, and returning to Round 3 Racing with support from Cooper Tire and Hagerty to defend her Eastern Championship.
  • Goal to move into TCR or GT4 racing in the near future.

Hannah Grisham

  • Young up and comer from the West Coast
  • 2019 NASA So-Cal Spec Miata and TMC Championship Winner
  • First ever female test driver for Pirelli North America
  • One of the Finalists for the 2020 Mazda Motorsports Scholarship Shoot-out
  • Competing in select Mazda Mx5 Cup races in 2021 with Hixon Motor Sports and Hagerty, hoping to graduate to a full time place in the series in 2022.

Sabre Cook

  • 6x Karting Champion in the USA, first female to qualify for KZ2 World Cup.
  • First Female Team USA Scholarship Finalist
  • 2019 W Series Competitor – Winner of the Striving Forward Award for most passes made
  • Only American to compete in the W Series in 2021
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines

Amber Balcaen

  • Grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
  • Started racing in dirt oval karts at 10 years old
  • 1st Canadian female to win a NASCAR sanctioned race in the USA, 13 feature wins total in cars
  • Racing for Bill McAnally in the BMR Drivers Academy – a NASCAR driver development program.
  • Goal to graduate to top 3 series of NASCAR and ARCA

Ayla Agren

  • Originally from Norway, has lived in America for 10 years
  • First female open wheel Champion in American history (USF 1600, 2014)
  • Racing in the W Series in 2021
  • Aiming to also compete in LMP3 programs in Europe and the USA

Chloe Chambers

  • Competing in Karting since 8 years old
  • Multiple Championship and National Championship race wins in Karting
  • Guinness World Record Holder in Production Car Slalom (2020, Porsche 718 Spyder, 47.45s)
  • Winner of PMR Powering Diversity Scholarship for United States F4 in 2021, will contest a full season with Future Star Racing

Emily Linscott

  • Born and raised in the UK, now pursuing racing in the USA
  • Back to back winner in GT4 class of Dunlop Endurance Championship, UK
  • Competed in the Lucas Oil School of Racing Formula Car Series in 2020, first female to score a podium finish
  • Runner Up Winner of PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship in for United States F4 in 2021, will contest a partial season with Kiwi Motorsports and Hagerty

Kelsey Rowlings

  • Shift Up Now’s resident Drift Chick
  • Discovered drifting in her senior year of High School, and has since been rising through the ranks
  • Competing in Formula Drift Pro 2 in 2021
  • Looking to move up to Formula Drift Pro in the near future – the highest level of drifting competition in the USA

Sydney McKee

  • Started racing in a self-built Spec Miata in senior year of High School
  • Competed in Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America in the LB Cup Championship in 2020, with one in class race win, and 2nd place in the Championship
  • Looking to graduate to the Super Trofeo AM class in 2021
  • Studying Engineering and Economics at Brown

Kristina Esposito

  • Competed in karting since 8 years old
  • Studying Mechanical Engineering at University of Miami
  • Development driver for TLM Racing, and Gen Racer Crew
  • 2020 FARA USA Endurance Champion in class
  • Goal to graduate to TC Racing in SRO America

Management

Alongside our Athlete Leaders Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook, are; Lynn Kehoe, Mandy McGee and Cherie Storms.

Lynn Kehoe

  • Founder of Shift Up Now
  • Started racing in 2016 with the National Auto Sports Association (NASA) in Spec E30
  • Second place finisher in class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill with shift Up Now Team-mates
  • Continues to race in the Champ Car Endurance Series, and in other Endurance events

Mandy McGee

  • Grew up in Duluth, MN, but currently calls Minneapolis home
  • Started racing at he age of 35 with NASA, and in the Champ Car Endurance Series
  • Second place finish in class at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in 2018 with Shift Up Now Team Mates

Cherie Storms

  • Canadian BSPEC driver, multiple championship wins
  • Competing in the USA SCCA Majors Tour, and Champ Car Endurance Series
  • 3 time Sports Car Club of BC Competitor of the year
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