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
  • Team Monoflo resident pro driver for 2022 WRL Eastern Championship
  • 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 Members, Olivia and Cooper

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
  • Raced in GT Word Challenge America in an AMG GT3 in 2021, became the first female winner in the Pro-Am Class of SRO Series Globally, and scored 2 more podium finishes
  • Returning to GT World Challenge America in 2022 in the Real Time Acura Entry
  • 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

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 Rette Jones Racing in the NASCAR National ARCA Menards Series.
  • 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 the 2022 Trans Am TA 2 National Tour with BC Race Cars

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
  • Returning to VGRT Racing in 2022, with goals of becoming a race winner, and Tour Car Champion
  • Partnered with Honda Racing HPD

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
  • Two top ten finishes in Mazda Mx5 Cup with Hixon Motor Sports, and returned to Round 3 Racing with support from Cooper Tire and Hagerty, stepping up to the GP1 category.
  • Will continue with Round 3 Racing, Hagerty and Cooper Tire in 2022, looking to add more wins, and another Championship.
  • Goal to move into TCR or GT4 racing in the near future.

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

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

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
  • Competing in the W Series in 2022, and in select races for Team Monoflo in WRL

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
  • Competed in select Mazda Mx5 Cup races in 2021 with Hixon Motor Sports and Hagerty, and with Round 3 Racing in their WRL program.

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

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
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