Prior to 2018, Johanna Foege had only been to a couple of national-level autocross events, including the SCCA Solo National Championships. This year she will do eight by season’s end, traveling far and wide with her fiancé Clint Greist and his Mazdaspeed6 E Street Prepared car to compete – and win – in several types of national competition.
“I was super honored that someone, or enough people, thought I was qualified to have the award,” she says of the Wendi Allen Scholarship, which in years past has been presented in honor of the late autocross competitor to two women so that they may broaden their range of autocross events. This year, with the help of Mazda, the scholarship was expanded to three competitors, and Youmna Zalzal and Lexie Murray joined Foege as recipients.
“I was humbled and very excited to figure out how I could use that to the best of my ability,” she continues. “I have eight national events on my calendar this year, which is, for me, incomprehensible. We’ve been to one Match Tour, two ProSolos and four Champ Tour events. And Evolution Driving School gave me a free Phase 2 school. I was also offered a Starting Line school, but the car wasn’t ready.”