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, 2022 podium finisher
  • Returning to the ADAC Total 24 hour race in 2023 for the third year running
  • Competing with clients in International GT, and the FARA series in 2023
  • President and CEO of Shift Up Now, Inc
  • President of the Shift Up Now Foundation

Sabre Cook

  • 6x Karting Champion in the USA, first female to qualify for KZ2 World Cup.
  • First Female Team USA Scholarship Finalist
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering from Colorado School of Mines
  • 2019 W Series Competitor – Winner of the Striving Forward Award for most passes made
  • Only American to compete in the W Series in 2021
  • Winner of the Kelly Moss female driver shoot-out in fall of 2022
  • Will become the first female racer to compete in Porsche Carrera Cup North America in 2023

Hannah Grisham

  • 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
  • Competed in select Mazda Mx5 Cup races in 2021 with Hixon Motor Sports and Hagerty, and with Round 3 Racing in their World Racing League program
  • 2022 National and Eastern Champion in the World Racing League GP3 class
  • Winner of the 2022 Heart of Racing Diversity Scholarship
  • Competing in SRO America GT4 Sprint X in 2023

Erin Vogel

  • Started racing in her 30s
  • Class win at NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill (2018)
  • GT4 racing in SRO America in 2019, Rebelle Rally Rookie Team of the Year in 2020
  • First female winner in the Pro-Am Class of SRO Series Globally
  • Race Winner in World Racing League GP1 class with Loni Unser and Sabre Cook
  • Leading the all female Round 3 Racing GTO team in 2023
  • Goal to lead a female team at the 24 hours of Daytona, and race in the IMSA WeatherTech series
  • Board Member of the Shift Up Now Foundation

Loni Unser

  • Raised in Idaho, calls California home
  • Winner of the 2020 World Racing League Eastern Championship in GP2 with Round 3 Racing / Shell / Team Cooper Tire
  • Winner of the 2023 World Racing League Eastern and National Championship in GP1 with Round 3 Racing / Hagerty / Pep Boys / Team Cooper Tire.
  • Second place finisher her rookie year in the Porsche Trophy by Yokohama class at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
  • Professional driving instructor with BMW and Mercedes AMG
  • Member of the Round 3 Racing all female GTO team in 2023
  • Goal to move into TCR or GT4 racing in the near future

Sarah Montgomery

  • Lafayette Louisiana native, who started racing in dirt oval karts at the age of 12 years old
  • Graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a marketing degree, Geaux Cajuns
  • First female to stand on Global MX-5 Cup Series (2019, 4 podiums)
  • 3 overall wins, 5 podiums in World Racing League in 2022
  • Member of the Round 3 Racing all female GTO team in World Racing League in 2023
  • High performance driving instructor for Porsche and a licensed real estate agent in Georgia
  • Goal to graduate to IMSA racing

Sally McNulty

  • First generation race from Phoenix, AZ
  • Started out with local track days, rose through the ranks to compete in TC America
  • Multiple top 5 finishes in her debut TC America season
  • Moving to the TC class with Hyundai, GenRacer and Ricca Autosport in 2023
  • Goals are to become the first woman to win in the TC class, and to win a TC America Championship

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
  • Top ten finished overall in her debut season in the ARCA Menards Championship with Rette Jones Racing
  • Returning to ARCA in 2023 with Venturi Motorsports, second fastest in pre-season testing win Daytona
  • Goal to graduate to top 3 series of NASCAR

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, returned in 2021 with support from Lucas Oil and Hagerty
  • Competing in TransAm TA2 with Showtime Motorsports in 2023

Laura Hayes

  • Began racing at 8 years old in karts and quarter midgets
  • Professional BMW Performance Driving Instructor
  • Resident Coach and pro-driver with Thunder Bunny Racing in AER and WRL since 2015
  • Winner of the Mazda Motorsport Women In Motorsport Scholarship in fall of 2021
  • Rookie Pikes Peak Hill Climb Competitor with Thunder Bunny Racing in 2021
  • Will make her MX5 Cup debut with Thunder Bunny Racing in 2022

Ayla Agren

  • Originally from Norway, has lived in America for 10 years
  • First female open wheel Champion in American history (USF1600, 2014)
  • Multiple top ten finishes in USF2000 on the Road To Indy ladder
  • Raced in the W Series in 2021, 2022
  • Race winner with Loni Unser and Round 3 Racing in the GP1 class of World Racing League in 2021
  • Performance Driving Coach, owner of HRX America

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

Management

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

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
  • Co-Founder and Secretary of the Shift Up Now Foundation

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 Members, Olivia and Cooper
  • Executive Committee and Board Member of the Shift Up Now Foundation

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
  • Treasurer of the Shift Up Now Foundation
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