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Karen's racing career began in 1985 on the NASCAR Winston Series dirt track events of Central California.  After securing a Most Improved Driver award and numerous top five finishes in stock car racing, she made the move to road racing with the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA).

In 2000, Karen joined the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), competing in the Women's Global GT Series.  Karen has also competed in NHRA drag racing events, garnering the Gardei Memorial Overall Competitor Award in 1997 (Firebird Raceway), and Top Eliminator at the Pomona Drags ion 1999.  She also serves as an instructor driver at NCCC, NASA, and SVTOA driving school events, and enjoys working with novice drivers as they develop confidence through driving mastery. 


Karen has secured more that 160 first place finishes in driving competitions, and was awarded the 2005 West Coast Region Championship for the National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC), a title she previously secured in 1998, 1999, and 2001.  In 2008, she competed with Team DivaSpeed, the first all woman endurance racing team to run in the Western Endurance Racing Championship (WERC), and stood on the podium four times, including a 1st place in the 6 Hours of Buttonwillow, and 1st place in the 4 Hours of Infineon,  Success followed her though-out the 2008 season, and consistent performances resulted in her earning the Runner-Up FFR Championship award for the 2008 FFR West Coast Challenge Series.


Awarded 2009 FFR West Coast Championship! 2009 find Karen competing in the Factory Five Challenge Series (FFR) in her 1965 Cobra replica racer with the National Auto Sport Association (NSAS).  


2009 she had 7 Pole Positions, 7 1st place race victories, and 10 podium finishes, including competition at Infineon, California Speedway, Buttonwillow Raceway Park and Thunderhill Raceway.  Now in er fourth year in the card, Karen has really mastered the unique driving style required to pilot the Cobra.  In 2008, her driving skill resulted in 13 pole positoins, fourteen odium finishes, and two overall race victories.  She competes at the local and National FFR Challenge Series levels though participation in the FFR West Coast Series and the NASA Nationals to be held at Miller Motorsports Park in September 2009. 


Endurance Racing is Karen's true passion, and in 2008, she and her intrepid race team, took on the most extreme endurance racing challenge on the planet, competing for a second time in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.  Her team completed 470 grueling laps, (in a field of 72 teams).  Team Thunder Valley Racing is already making plans for the 2009 25 Hours race in Which they will field the first ever Type 65 "Daytona" Coupe to compete in the longest race in its marque's history.


Racing the GTM 3 hour Enduro, Karen had the opportunity to co-drive the fast and oh so beautiful GTM at the 3 hour Enduro of Buttonwillow in June 2009.  A long with her talented co drover Chris Durbin, the pair secured first in class and stood atop of podium as the overall race winners!


Since 2009 Karen has made many more events and has written a book.  I think everyone should own it.


 





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KAREN SALVAGGIO

Driving a 1959 Corvette, Karen competed in night endurance races and competition events across the Southwest.  Her growing passion for racing and a desire to develop highly refined driving skills led her into performance driving Corvettes in high and low speed events with the SCCA and National Council of Corvette Clubs (NCCC).