It wasn’t that long ago when Jenny Gannett walked into the kitchen and her husband told her she had bought a race car. It was a 1991 Miata prepared to NASA ST4 specs. She went on to win the NASA ST4 championship last year at her home track of Utah Motorsports Campus. Then for 2018, she took on World Challenge Touring Car A in a Global Mazda MX-5 Cup car, advancing to a pro series in only her second season of racing.
“My coaches felt like I was ready to go even though I’m definitely green and definitely a novice,” she explains. “It was nice to take on the challenge. And when you look back on your life 25 years from now, you want to say, ‘Hey, I had the guts to get in the car and give it a whirl.’ I don’t generally back down from a challenge, so I was ready to go if they felt like I could do it.”
Her coach is Drew Staveley, and her husband is Frank Gannett – they race together in World Challenge GT4 driving Ginettas for Ian Lacy Racing, the same team that fields Jenny’s car. She steadily progressed during the 2018 season and posted a best finish of fourth at Utah Motorsports Campus. And because her husband and coach already raced in World Challenge, competing in that series was an easy choice, as was racing the Global MX-5 Cup car since she came from another Miata.