Sabrina Blanchet #79

In hindsight, perhaps we should have gone with the gentleman's rule of ladies first. Although Sabrina Blanchet is the last driver in our Behind the Goggles series, she is far from the least. As the lone female in the TLR Cup Tour series, Blanchet has proven that she has what it takes to run with the guys...and beat them.

Having earned the title of Semi Pro Champ World Champion in 2013 and 2015, the Ski-Doo pilot and her Samson Racing team have started to race in the Pro leagues, showing for competition at several TLR events last season. She has yet to qualify for the renowned W.C. but we have faith that it's just a matter of time for this 20 year old, and so should you.

Q&A

How did you get started racing? I started racing with my grandfather when I was 7 years old on a Kitty Cat. We met with George Samson because he wanted a kid to race his little sled, so I continued with George and I won lots of small races so he saw that I was not so bad. After that we got into 340-380 and then 440 Sport Champ, Semi Pro Champ and now we are in Pro Champ!
How did you pick your race number: It was an original number that Samson Racing already had so I just continued with that number.
Do you ever talk to yourself while you're racing: Yes I do, when I'm getting close to somebody I say to myself "come on, come on, you can pass him."
Hobbies besides racing: In the summer I race a lightning sprint car and STR, and when I have time I do some motocross and play basketball.
Favorite racing memory: My favorite memory is when I won the world championship in Semi Pro Champ for the first time in 2013.
Worst racing memory: Two years ago in Valcourt when I crashed and broke my back, my pelvis in four places, my leg and my toe.
Ultimate racing goal: Win the world championship in Pro Champ.

Racing role model: I don't have a role model, I just try to do the best I can for myself.
Favorite track: The Eagle River Derby track because it presents lots of challenges.
Hardest driver to pass: I would say Matt Schulz because he is very steady.
Pre-race routine: I don't have a pre-race routine, I just make sure with one of my crew members that everything is ready to go.
Post-race routine: I come into the trailer, take off my helmet and the rest of my equipment and talk to my team about how the sled was performing.
If you didn't race in the winter, what would you do: I would go snowmobiling all winter and maybe play hockey on a team.
How do you stay in shape during the off-season: I am going to the gym 3-4 times a week all year-long.
Advice to anyone starting their race career: If it is something that you really, really want to do, don't stop at one thing and go ahead and do it if it is all possible.

Keep up with Blanchet on Facebook and Instagram@Sabrina_blanchet79. Ready for your final chance to win a driver prize-pack? Like the TLR Cup Tour and Share this feature from our page. Winner announced there Friday, August 19.

FAST FACTS:

Team: Samson Racing
Hometown: Quebec, Canada
Sled: Mike Houle Ski-Doo
Years Racing: 13
Marital Status: Single
Top Speed: When I crashed in Valcourt I had hit 103 mph
Number of motors blown up: Too many to count - LOTS
Favorite TV show: I don't know, I like too many
Number of broken bones: Approximately 10
Dream Job: Racing NASCAR
Favorite gear: My helmet because we do an airbrush paint job with different designs
Pump-up Jams: Country music
Distance traveled to races/season: Up to 15,000 kilometers


SPONSORS:

Choko, Stud Boy, Hipertech, 509, CV ech AAB, BG, V Force, EZ Smart Light, Toiture Centre-du-Qu├ębec, RMstator, Gates, Ski-Doo, Circuit Pro Tour


CREW:

George Samson, Darin Van Hoof, Howard Gifford, Rejean Blanchet. Allen Decker and Jack Benedik join us when we race in the U.S.