If you like watching the Nationwide series for stock car racing (NASCAR), then make sure that you keep a good eye on Maryeve Dufault. Her good looks should not confuse you, as she is as dashing to look at in person as she is competent and experienced when in the cockpit and competing during stock car racing events. Interestingly enough, Dufault is trying to follow in the footsteps of stock car racing’s most famous female driver, Danica Patrick, of which she has recently divulged to ESPN that she strives to be just like and is motivated in pursuit of her career as a result of.
Learning from her mistakes early on in NASCAR…
Dufault has learned to take the setbacks as they come and in stride, much like her role model, Danica Patrick has. As we all know, 2011 was very dismal year for Patrick—where she actually crashed her car during one of the final races of the season, limping off the field to lick her wounds and quietly recuperate while Tony Stewart basked in the in limelight of a Sprint Cup championship.
Rewind to the stock car racing event of August, 2011, the NAPA Auto Parts 200 in Montreal, and Dufault had already crashed her car during the earlier part of the race. But much like role model, Patrick, her unnerving pursuit of NASCARette glory persisted. Dufault quickly got back on the track and ran laps for points, ultimately finishing in 30th place for that race.
“I didn’t give up. Maybe I should’ve just parked the car, but I didn’t and I kept going because that’s not the way I am,” she recanted to ESPN regarding that fateful day on the track back in 2011. “Maybe it was a mistake with the equipment we had, but it was a risk – sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed.”
With a good head on her shoulders and a slot for a part time run in the NASCAR nationwide series this season, perhaps Dufault can turn some heads for more than just her model looks (she used to be the lead model for Hawaiian Tropic). Maybe…just maybe…it will be enough to attract serious sponsors and a fulltime car for the 2013 season.