February 21, 2020
Hannah Grisham celebrated her 20th birthday on Valentines Day at Chuckwalla Raceway in Desert Center, California, at the opening two rounds of the 2020 NASA So-Cal racing season, held in conjunction with NASA Arizona. With wonderful weather and a full field of 25 challengers in Spec Miata, the weekend began with Grisham pulling out of the Robert Davis Racing/Mothers Polishes, Waxes & Cleaners pit for qualifying and putting her Morning Star Racing-prepared Mazda Miata at the front of the pack. Setting fast lap, she came in early to conserve her tires only to see herself bumped to 2nd at the very last minute.
Starting Saturday’s race off-pole saw Grisham and the Arizona region’s #16R hot shoe battle from wire to wire. Despite Grisham being a full 3 tenths faster, the #16R got the jump from pole position and was able to “get very wide” and expertly defend from start to finish, robbing Grisham of any real chance to overtake and run off. In the end, Grisham earned the second spot on the podium.
Qualifying on Sunday saw Grisham leaving nothing to chance. After posting a phenomenal lap at the top of the field, she backed off but stayed on track in the event anyone could lay down a better time. No one could and Grisham started Sunday’s race from pole.
When Sunday’s green flag flew, Grisham and the off-pole #21 of Ryan Pond were side by side for several turns until the #21 finally gained the advantage and the lead. The two worked to build a small gap over the chasing #18 of Austin Edwards, until about half way when Grisham made her move at the end to the front straightaway. From there Grisham built a small gap that was only threatened by the occasional lapped traffic. Although there was plenty of action throughout the large field, for Hannah it became a matter of just laying down consistently fast laps, which she did until the checkered flew on her first win of 2020.
For 2020, Hannah is honored to announce that she has been named to the Board of Directors of Athena Racing, a non-profit, STEM education, extracurricular program for young ladies who are interested in pursuing careers in the automotive, motorsports and transportation industries. Please visit https://athenaracing.org/ to learn more about this wonderful program.
Hannah continues to be an Ambassador for Shift Up Now. Shift Up Now aims to inspire all girls and women “to drive through life with confidence and courage,” both on and off the track. Please stay tuned for exciting announcements about upcoming Shift Up Now events and programs.
Finally, Hannah would like to encourage everyone to support The City of Hope. This not-for-profit research, treatment and teaching hospital is known world wide for its efforts to eradicate cancer, diabetes, and other deadly diseases in children and adults. You can support The City of Hope by following this link:
In this regard, this year’s Lets Be Frank About Cancer black tie gala will be held on March 21st at the Hotel Irvine in Irvine, California, to raise money for The City of Hope and cancer research. In addition to numerous sponsorship opportunities, one of the silent auction items will be a ride along with Hannah in her RDR, Mothers Polishes, Waxes & Cleaners, Morning Star Racing, Championship winning #787 Mazda Miata at Auto Club Speedway in May. A separate press release about this extremely worthy event will be forthcoming.
As always, Hannah would like to thank Morning Star Racing, Mothers, Robert Davis Racing, RLV, The Chiropractic Health Care Center of Glendora, NASA, The Women’s Sports Foundation, and Mazda for all of their support.
Please follow Hannah, and wish her luck as her 2020 season continues!