Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Girl Scouts Rev Up To Learn About Non-Traditional Careers
Girl Scouts from across Kansas and Missouri will be treated to a day at Kansas Speedway with an opportunity to learn from four female role models

(Kansas City, Mo.) – September 22, 2009 – 500 Girl Scouts and their leaders will take part in a special opportunity during the October 1st Kansas Lottery 150, part of the ARCA RE/MAX Series and Kansas Speedway’s NASCAR weekend. Girl Scouts will cheer on one of the few cars piloted by a female in ARCA RE/MAX, the #19 D’Hondt Motorsports (DMS) Toyota in 2009.

In addition to watching the DMS #19, Girl Scouts will be seated with three other female role models with non-traditional careers: Johanna Long, Tiffany Daniels and Tana Poppino. Girls will be able to interact and ask questions about how these young women are succeeding in non-traditional careers, where they are the minority in a male-dominated profession. In addition to the great learning opportunity, many of the Girl Scouts will be watching a stock car race for the very first time.

Alli Owens drives for D’Hondt Motorsports piloting the #19 ElectrifyingCareers.com Toyota in 2009. This is Alli’s second year in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.

Johanna Long will be seated with Girl Scouts sharing her racing background beginning at five years old. She has several wins in the Florida Kart scene, experienced Legends Cars and then the tough Pro Late Model Series. Last year at age 16, Johanna became the youngest and first female track champion at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida. She will make history as the youngest woman to drive at Rockingham Motor Speedway at the “Rock” under the #19 DMS flag as part of the Women’s Initiative & sponsors www.GrandmaRubys.com & hotel sponsor Great Wolf Lodge of Kansas City. Learn more at www.johannalong.com.

Tiffany Daniels will be seated with Girl Scouts sharing her racing and engineering background. Tiffany drives in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series & Camping World East Series. In addition to her racing career, Tiffany also holds a full-time job as one of the only female crew engineers with a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. She is an aspiring 2010 ARCA RE/MAX Series driver with D’Hondt Motorsports as part of the Women’s Initiative. Learn more at www.tiffdaniels.com.

Tana Poppino will be seated with Girl Scouts providing another perspective to the girls in attendance when she shares her career as a championship barrel racer on the rodeo circuit. Tana had a 20 year career as a marketing executive enjoying weekend rodeo events. Finding success, her family encouraged her to take the leap and explore a full-time career as a barrel racer. Today, Tana has won several prestigious events and has been named one of the top 15 barrel racers. Learn more at www.tanapoppino.com.

D’Hondt Motorsports headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina is home to the #19 Toyota Camry ARCA RE/MAX Series team and the #92 Toyota NASCAR Nationwide Series team. With over 75 years of collective NASCAR and motorsports experience from general management to crew, D’Hondt is poised to skyrocket into NASCAR’s next generation. Learn more at www.dhondtmotorsports.com.

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri is an organization that, in partnership with committed adults, helps girls grow courageous and strong through a variety of enriching experiences. Girl Scouts of NE Kansas & NW Missouri supports about 35,000 registered Girl Scouts, grades Kindergarten – 12th from all populations, religions and socioeconomic backgrounds in 47 counties across Kansas and Missouri. Learn more at www.girlscoutsksmo.org.

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