I enjoy the name “All American Girl Racing” not because it reminds me of the long drives Abby and I do when we hop in the van and get to tracks. Are we in a race? Yes with time and the need to get the camp sight up and enjoy the weekend. The whole idea of “All American Girl Racing” was thought up by team member Heather Bonanni whose husband raced. Bonanni had been thinking of ways to get the women around racing involved and racing in their own team. As many things happen, it was some out loud discussions, a car, and a “let’s do it”.
Bonanni not only came up with the idea of the team, but she also co-manages the racing team and races in some off-road races. Two sisters who have a lineage of racing join her. The Gordon sisters, Robyn and Becky, have speed in their blood. Great grandfather (Huntley) was a racer and included a racing resume that included the Indianapolis 500. Their father Bob was known as “Baja Bob” and ran and won multiple off-road races. Her mother Marlene also was involved in off-road races. In fact, Marlene ran a lap or two of the Baja 1000 while pregnant with Becky sister. Of course, their brother also is racing in the NASCAR truck series. The Gordon sisters have a great racing resume. Robyn is the only female to win the Baja 1000 and won the La Paz Race with her father and brother as co-drivers.
The team primarily raced in off-road races including those in the Southern Nevada Off-Road Enthusiast organization, and the SCORE International Off-Road Racing. Most notably the team participated in the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000. Both races are held in the Baja California Peninsula. It’s considered a very prestigious off-road race. While called the Baja 1000, depending on the track of the race, which can be point-to-point or a loop, can vary between 600 miles to 1000 miles. While racing in the Baja 1000, the duo of Robyn and Becky Gordon became the first all-female team to compete in the Baja 1000.
The team has fallen inactive recently, but their website indicates the start of a junior team. With all the focus on the all-female team of Heinricher Racing in IMSA, and the W-Series, it’s great to see another all-female group in off-road racing.