There are a lot of incredible people trying to take on the world and I recently got to meet one of them. Danielle Halcrow is a 23 years old female race car driver taking on the male-dominated motorsport industry.
Recently I got to interview Danielle Halcrow, and here’s the outcome of our interview:
Can you tell me a bit about yourself?
My name is Danielle Halcrow, Danni for short. I am 23 years old from a small city called Palmerston North in New Zealand.
I have been racing on dirt tracks since I was 12 years old, I started in a youth class before I then moved into a competitive class at the age of 17.
I was actually the first female in my city to move into a competitive class. I am still one of few females that race in New Zealand but I’m optimistic that the number of female drivers will continue to rise because I think it’s awesome seeing girls kick butt in such a male-dominated sport.
I race what is called a saloon, and this season I’ll also be racing a super saloon (more HP, bigger cars).
I consider myself very lucky as I get to spend most weekends and some weeks between October and May traveling the country for racing with my family and my 3 dogs.
What has been your greatest source of inspiration?
When it comes to my racing, my biggest source of inspiration generally comes from other drivers, their passion and drive and the atmosphere at a race track is one of the best things about the Motorsport industry.
But, I also get a lot of inspiration from other people, and that’s mostly through social media because it has allowed me to connect with so many positive, creative and like-minded people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise.
I can now say that I’ve met people from over 19 different countries thanks to the power of social media. Which I don’t think I would have really put much effort into if it wasn’t for my love of racing and wanting to share it with everyone.
To what do you attribute your success?
My success in getting to race goes completely to my parents, I have been born and raised at the race track and they gave me the opportunity to do what I love, not many people get that.
However, I also have to credit to myself, I’ve been persistent through the hard times and never given up on what I love even if times do get tough or I’m not achieving exactly what I want to be.
Any word of advice to Millenials who are interested in becoming race car drivers?
Like most things it’s going to require a lot of determination and dedication, also knowing exactly what you want and where you want to be in the industry.
Unfortunately, racing requires a lot of money, which means either you work your butt off or get yourself a good sponsor. So making connections in the Motorsport industry is a big must!
Either of them will take some work, but like anything they are doable! There’s a lot of risks and more often than not a lot of money spent that you won’t see back… But, If it’s something you love and you are passionate about then the risk will be outweighed.
At the end of the day always make sure you are doing or reaching for something you love!
NEVER GIVE UP!
You can check out Danielle Halcrow on Instagram.
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