Zoe Mattis

Pottstown Mercury- October 19th, 2009

POTTSTOWN - Think of them as two more checkered flags in her motorsports career.

Zoe Mattis, a 13-year-old Spring City resident, was awarded a Project Podium racing sponsorship for 2010 by former racing star Lyn St. James, in conjunction with The Women In The Winners Circle Foundation.

Each year, the organization sponsors young women drivers who compete in all forms of motorsports. The goal of Project Podium is to provide financial assistance to women drivers to help further their professional careers.

In addition to the Project Podium Award, Mattis has also been awarded a spot at the prestigious Lyn St. James Complete Driver Academy. The Academy has a two-fold purpose:

(1) to identify potential champion women drivers who have demonstrated success on the track and have a desire to pursue a career in professional motorsports; and

(2) to create an experience that will provide the tools to further women drivers' careers in motorsports, as well as enhance their lives on and off the track.

As a recipient of these awards, Mattis is included in the company of such female motorsports stars like Sarah Fisher, Erin Crocker, Danica Patrick and Melanie Troxel.

"Meeting Lyn St. James, Melanie Troxel, Sarah Fisher and other top women drivers from around the country at the Lyn St. James Luncheon in Indianapolis this summer was amazing. It is such an honor for me to be included in their ranks," Mattis said.

Mattis began her racing career in quarter-midgets at the age of 7, at the end of the 2003 racing season. After five-plus years of quarter midget racing, she has amassed more than 75 feature wins as well as the 2007 Region II Dirt Championship in Senior Honda.

Mattis captured the fast time at the Montgomery County Quarter Midget Racing Club's "Beat the Clock" race in 2007. For 2006, 2007 and 2008, she also had the most victories in her class at MCQMRC; and for 2006 and 2008, she also captured most consecutive wins.

In 2008, Mattis began racing a 125cc micro-sprint at Airport Speedway in the Junior Division, picking up 10 feature wins, and six second-place finishes in addition to capturing the point championship for the Junior 125 class. She had the most wins of all Juniors, was the youngest driver to have competed the entire season and the youngest ever to capture a point championship at Airport Speedway ※ one of only a few girls to hold such a title.

Mattis has just completed her second year running in the Junior Division at Airport Speedway, finishing second in the points standings. She is looking forward to moving to the adult division for the 2010 season.

Mattis is currently an honor-roll student in eighth grade at Owen J. Roberts Middle School, where she will be taking all honors courses. In addition to racing, she enjoys reading and participating in martial arts, where she will soon achieve the level of black belt in the Okinawan style of karate.

She credits her years of martial arts training with much of her racing success as it has taught her focus, confidence and the discipline required of a race car driver.


Six Up-and-Coming Women Drivers Awarded Project Podium Grants- June 8th, 2009

Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation Matching-Grant Program Advances Careers

Indianapolis, IN (June 8, 2009) — Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation today announced the six young women drivers who received funding from the Foundation’s new matching grant program, Project Podium. This second funding cycle distributed grants totaling $27,500 to:

  • Rebecca Kasten, 18, Megon, WI,ASA Late Model Stock Car Series

  • Brie Hershey, 17, Dillsburg, PA, 358 Sprint Car Driver

  • Stacy Warrington, 18, Milton, DE, Super Late Model Stock Cars

  • Zoe Mattis, 13, Pottstown, PA, Micro Sprint Car Series

  • Jessica Brunelli, 16, Hayward, CA, NASCAR Modified Series/USAC Ford Focus

  • Alesi Gerthe, 19, Rockdale, TX, IHRA & NHRA Quick Rod

    Each driver is required to submit an application that includes her driving qualifications, race resume, sponsor information, a written essay on her goals and plans, and what the funding will be used for. Project Podium is a matching funds program focused on young women drivers who have demonstrated talent, hard work and perseverance, and who have generated sponsorship dollars to be matched by Project Podium.

    “Project Podium is designed to help young talent achieve racing and business success,” said Lyn St. James, founder and director of the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation. “The 19 young ladies who submitted applications for our first round of funding exemplified the future of women in motorsports. They represented many different race Series and all are dedicated to being successful on the track and in the motorsports business world.”

    In addition to St. James, the grant review committee consisted of: Vicki O’Connor, managing director of the Atlantic Championship; Linda Conti, financial advisor at David A. Noyes & Co.; Amy Rosewater, sports writer; Holly Cain, motorsports writer, and Sarah Fisher, veteran Indy car racer and team owner.

    Project Podium partners are: Newman’s Own, Grand-Am, NASCAR Foundation, NHRA, Indy Racing League/Firestone Indy Lights, Atlantic Championship, Mazda USA, Toyota, VW, Rolex, and Mike Helton.

    About Project Podium:

    Project Podium is the newest program of Women in the Winners Circle Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports and helps develop up-and-coming women drivers. Project Podium is a matching-funds grant program designed to empower promising young female race car drivers and help them further their early professional careers. Companies and individuals interested in becoming a Project Podium partner and women drivers interested in applying for the 2009 grant cycle can obtain information by logging on to www.lynstjames.com.

    About Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation:

    A strong advocate for women in the motorsports industry, particularly women who aspire to the professional level in racing, Lyn St. James established the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation in 1994, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to professional development for talented, up-and-coming young women race car drivers.

    The Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation currently conducts two primary programs: Project Podium and the Women in the Winner’s Circle Academy: The Complete Driver, established in 1994. The Academy has become the most comprehensive educational and training program of its kind for talented and gifted women motorsports drivers. Since its inception, more than 230 women drivers, including Danica Patrick, Erin Crocker, Melanie Troxel and Sarah Fisher, have participated in this invitation-only Academy. More information about the Women’s in the Winner’s Circle Foundation and the Driver Development Academy can be found at www.lynstjames.com