Shirley Muldowney, Auto racer. She was the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association to drive a Top Fuel dragster. She won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980, and 1982, becoming the first person to win more than one Top Fuel title.
"You don’t have to duplicate the way Shirley did it or the way Erica does it. Do it the way it feels best for you. That’s the best advice I could give to any up and coming driver or any aspiring driver."
"I survived because they didn’t realize they were dealing with a street kid. I grew up in New York, living in a four story tenement house with community bathrooms. You want to fight? C’mon in, the water is fine, guys. I can’t even think of any one of them that ever confronted me face to face... It was all done through the backdoor. That’s what made the championships so fruitful. Winning was everything to me. It was the best revenge and something that will never be duplicated."
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