Emilee Tominovich Professional Racecar Driver>

Emilee Tominovich, a star high-school soccer player, currently attends Catholic University entered in the sports therapy program. The 19-year-old took to racing shortly after her father, Joey, and excelled quickly, learning to shift gears and placing 5th overall and 2nd in class in her first SCCA Regional event in the SSB class in the same season. Emilee hopes to compete in Grand am competition in the future and looks forward to getting behind the wheel of her Pontiac Solstice in SCCA competition in 2011.

Who have you mentored or/and who did someone mentor you in this industry to help you get started?
I’ve been in the auto industry for a very short time so I’ve never mentored anyone, but I have had awesome mentors. My first was Frank Gonzalez who passed away a year ago. He was my first instructor when I started doing track days at New Jersey Motorsports Park and taught me the basics of driving on track. He was very kind and supportive and transferred his passion of racing to me after only my first session on track. I then started working with Marc Miller who took me to a higher level. He taught me the importance of focus and how to be a race driver instead of just a track day driver. Marc coached me to second place in my first race and will be coaching me in MX-5 cup in 2012. This past year I worked with Lawson Aschenbach who helped me to continue to improve. Lawson also taught me the importance of eating right and being in the best physical shape possible so that you can be your best even when your in the car for a long stint.
As a woman what features are your favorites in a car?
Because I’m a girl you’re probably expecting me to say vanity mirrors and heated seats right? But my favorite features of a car would definitely be a big engine with a peppy throttle, I like being able to take off pretty fast. I also like my car to have a manual transmission instead of automatic because I like to be able to control when the car shifts.
Why does the auto industry seem like a difficult environment for females?
I think when most people think of the auto industry they think of men because cars are stereotypically supposed to be something that men are into. When realistically 50 percent of car purchases are made by women and they influence car buying even more than that. It is also always men that are winning championships in racing, but now that more women are getting the opportunity to do so I think that the auto industry will become less and less difficult of an environment for women.

Why did you want to work in the auto industry?

My passion for racing is a new one because I grew up playing competitive soccer and have always had that competitive spirit and mindset. I was still in high school and playing competitive soccer when I started going to the track with my dad and even then I was set on going to school and majoring in nursing, which I am currently doing. A year ago after my first race is when I knew I wanted to work in the auto industry.
First automotive job?
Racing for TrueCar will be my first automotive job,which is pretty cool. I’m really excited about it!
Proudest professional achievement?
I currently do not have any professional achievements because this will be my first year as a professional racecar driver. Though my proudest achievement would be in August when I had brake failure that took me out of the qualifying race early. The team stayed up late fixing the repairs and the next morning in the feature I started in the back of the field of 20 and drove my way up to 3rd in class and 5th overall while breaking the track record for my class. I never let myself give up and I was pretty proud of myself for that.
Current challenge at work?
My current challenge at work would be that I am still in college and I need to graduate. Balancing school with being a professional driver will be tough, but will make graduating all that much more rewarding.
Dream job?
I’m just getting a taste of my dream job of being a professional racecar driver right now. I’m going to keep working hard and improving so that I can continue to do my dream job.
What you do to relax?
Laying on a beach listening to music is my favorite way to relax. I have really great friends and family that I always have a great time with and really put me at ease. I’ll always love playing soccer and I like to surf when I’m at the beach. 

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