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Alberta’s only female funny-car driver competes to win $50,000 sponsorship

In the staging lanes, Courtney Mageau of Edmonton, AB, is a force to be reckoned with. She has been powering ahead in the local, national and North American drag-racing community since she was just 13 years old, reaching speeds of up to 300 km/hour in less than 7 seconds. As one of only two female funny-car drivers in Canada, it’s an understatement to say that Mageau, 26, competes in a male-dominated sport, but she loves every second of it.

“We need to be out there inspiring others,” says Mageau. “And inspiring the legacy of the sport. We always put on an exciting show that draws in fans and makes them want to participate. I love competing but I also love interacting with everyone who comes out to watch the races, especially the young kids.”

To grow her small family team, Mageau and her father, Canadian racing legend Jay Mageau, entered the Search for a Champion contest put on by Champion Auto Parts that allows grassroots racers to compete for $125,000 in sponsorships. Mageau is setting her sights for the big win: a $50,000 sponsorship set aside for the first-place winner, as voted by the fans. She has already made it past the first round of voting, during which the field was narrowed from more than 800 entries to 25 finalists. Of the field of finalists, Mageau is one of three females, one of three Canadians and the only funny-car driver left standing.

Now the real test begins. In order to win the sponsorship, Mageau and her race team need not only the racing community but all of Alberta to rally behind them by voting daily in the contest.

“A sponsorship from Champion would be unbelievable for Girl Trouble Racing,” says Mageau. “We’re always aiming to improve the car – for our team, for our sport, for our fans – but that’s hard to do for a small volunteer-run team like ours. $50,000 is the difference between running the way we always have and kicking it up to the next level to delight our fans, benefit the sport and keep the Mageau family racing tradition alive.”

To vote for Mageau and Girl Trouble Racing, visit Voting opens February 23, 2017, and fans can vote daily until March 23, 2017.

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