Dec 21, 2012
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Femmewalla Track Day participants. Photo by CaliPhotography, courtesy of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Desert Center, CA - On Friday, December 14, 2012, over 60 ladies converged on Chuckwalla Valley Raceway for the third annual Femmewalla Track Day. Femwalla was originally envisioned by track owner Aimee Grana back in 2010, after closing the track at the end of a SoCal Track Days event, when Aimee asked the staff to stay a few minutes more so she and two of her best girlfriends could enjoy the track to themselves. Aimee enjoyed herself so much that she began to organize an annual track day for women only that would foster a safe and non-intimidating way for women to experience riding on a racetrack. At the same time the event could help to raise funds for The Unforgettables Foundation in honor of Micky and Aimee Grana's two-year-old daughter, Jessica Hart, who passed away four years ago.
This year's event attracted more than three times the participants of Femwalla 2011 with riders taking advantage of two up rides from Star School's Jason Pridmore, one-on-one video coaching from Dale Kieffer of Racer's Edge Performance, suspension setup with Randy Acevedo of Inhouse Suspension, and photography services from CaliPhotography. All proceeds from these services went directly to the charity. In addition to this, many fantastic raffle prizes were provided by the Dainese D-Store of Orange County, Motion Pro, Impact Armor, Jason Pridmore's Star School, Cali Photography, California State Championship, Torco, Leo Vince, and more.
All told, the 2012 Femmewalla event was able to raise close to $10,000 to donate to The Unforgettables Foundation, which helps with burial assistance to families who have lost a child.
"When you have a child, you think about saving for their college education, not their burial," stated Aimee in the riders's meeting. She went on further to say, "I am grateful to have the ability to share a sport that I love so much with other women, I know how intimidating riding on a racetrack can be. I couldn't think of a better way to welcome more women to this sport while at the same time honor my Unforgettable Jessie by supporting such an incredible cause."
Femwalla 2013 is already being planned for around the same time next year with additional details being announced as the event draws closer.