25-YEAR-OLD ASHLEY FREIBERG
25-year-old Ashley Freiberg was first introduced to racing at age 11 when she worked as a timing and scoring official at the local go kart track. Just a short two years later in 2004, Freiberg decided to try racing and entered her first karting event that December with the World Karting Association (WKA) at Daytona International Speedway. At the
end of her first season, Freiberg had placed fourth overall in the Championship Enduro Series as well as finishing seventh overall in the WKA points.
Having completed her first season, the passion for racing continued to grow for the young driver. By 2006, Freiberg had her first regional and national karting wins and had earned a WKA national title and a CES regional title. Freiberg, deciding to expand her horizons, began her path in formula cars.
Freiberg started competing in cars with the Skip Barber Racing Series while continuing to race karts and build experience. In 2009, she was well on her way to making history by becoming the first female in history to podium in the BFGoodrich Skip Barber National Series race at Road America. Also in 2009 Freiberg captured four race wins at Sebring, Road America, Road Atlanta, and Carolina Motorsports Park and was featured in the online web series, Rev, which accumulated over eight million viewers.
In 2010, Freiberg amassed 25 Skip Barber race wins and two Skip Barber Series Championships, becoming the first woman to win an overall Barber Series Championship, and the first woman to win a Skip Barber National Series Race. Freiberg deciding to expand her skills even more entered the Skip Barber MX-5 Cup Series where she became the first woman to win a MX-5 cup race and earned four wins in the six races she entered. During the same year she was awarded the prestigious Coach’s Choice Award as the best all-around driver in the Skip Barber National series. Freiberg also became only the second female other than Danica Patrick to be nominated as a candidate for the Team USA Scholarship.
In 2011, Freiberg won four Skip Barber races at the start of the year, and spent the rest of her year working hard to land a full-time ride for 2012. In 2012 TRUECar sponsored her to race with JDC Motorsports in INDYCAR’s Star Mazda Championship as part of the “Mazda Road to Indy.” She finished 11th overall in her rookie season in Star Mazda, capturing six top 10’s with a best finish of sixth place at the Baltimore Grand Prix.
For 2013, Freiberg switched gears to focus on a future career in Sportscars. She joined sponsor EFFORT Racing in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama, quickly grabbing two top-five finishes in her debut during the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. She earned the Series’ points lead after securing her first podium of the year with a second place finish in Race #1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May to tie her for the championship points lead. The next race weekend at Watkins Glen Freiberg made history again by becoming the first woman to claim an overall GT3 Cup Challenge victory in North America with her win in race #2. The win also broke the championship tie, giving her the lead in the series championship point’s battle by four points. The weekend would be her last races with the team as the two parted following a difficult weekend in Canada.
In 2014, Freiberg kicked off her race season with a win at the Daytona International Speedway in her first race in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with Fall-Line Motorsports. With this win, she became the first woman in history to win an overall race at Daytona, and the first woman to win an overall race in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Freiberg only raced 4 more events due to a lack of sponsorship funds.
In 2015, Freiberg became a BMW of North America Scholarship Driver as well as a partner with IHG Rewards Club to race a BMW M3 in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with Fall-Line Motorsports alongside co-driver Trent Hindman. Together they scored three podiums and one win at Petit Le Mans.
In 2016, Freiberg continued as a BMW of North America Scholarship Driver, driving for Turner Motorsports in the IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GTD car in IMSA. She competed at the Daytona 24 Hour, the Sebring 12 Hour (finishing 2nd), and at Petit Le Mans, and showcased her talent by recording laptimes just as fast or faster than the official factory drivers.
Sports Illustrated Magazine named Freiberg a “Face in the Crowd” in 2013, and to stay fit for racing, Freiberg is a sponsored cyclocross (off-road bicycle racing) racer by FOCUS Bikes and American Classic Wheels, and after only two seasons has gathered six podiums and one win in Warwick, Rhode Island in December 2015.
Freiberg also explores the outdoors through rock climbing as told to espnW in a special athlete on-the-track feature. Rock climbing allows Freiberg to push her mind past her fear of heights, which helps give her the confidence to push the limits in her car while she is racing.
The Illinois native appears to have a normal quiet life when she is at home. She can be found enjoying the outdoors by also cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, running and skate skiing. However, daily activities also include strength and balance training as well as studying driving with both data review and simulator driving in order to push herself to the limit in any way possible to be prepared for the track.
Finished 2nd at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring
Became a BMW of North America Scholarship driver with support from IHG Rewards Club to race in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Overall race winner in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Petit Le Mans
Scored 3 podiums
First female overall race winner at Daytona International Speedway
First female overall Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race winner
Named to “Face in the Crowd” by Sports Illustrated
First female overall North American GT3 Cup Challenge Winner
Captured six top 10’s in her rookie season in the Star Mazda Championship with a best finish of 6th place at Baltimore Grand Prix
Signed a two year partnership with TrueCar to continue up the Road to Indy Ladder in the Star Mazda Championship for 2012
First woman to win an overall Skip Barber Championship
First woman to win a Skip Barber MX-5 Cup Race
Awarded Coach’s Choice Award as Best All-Around Driver
Nominated as a candidate for Team USA Scholarship
First woman to win a BFGoodrich Skip Barber National Series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Featured in the online web series Rev
Invited to West Palm Beach International Raceway by the AMGMercedes Driving Academy to teach Olympic Silver Medalists and X-Games Champions how to drive
Entered in first race in a Formula Mazda
Graduated from Women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy
Won 4th Karting Championship
Selected to attend the Women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy
Captured first regional and national karting wins
Completed an undefeated season in CES
Won her first WKA National Title
Name of team and car number: DAC Motorsports #30
Series: Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America
Sponsors: IHG Rewards Club, Bell Helmets, FOCUS Bikes USA, American Classic Wheels, Castelli Cycling, DeFeet International
Born: November 22, 1991
Resides: Bondville, Vermont
Hometown: Homer Glen, Illinois
Career: Racecar Driver/Athlete
Education: Lockport Township High School Graduate
Favorite Racetrack: Watkins Glen
Favorite Color: Pink
Hobbies: Cyclocross Racing, Rock Climbing, Cooking, Cycling, Hiking, Skiing, Art, Working out
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Previous Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Gymnastics, Tae Kwan Do
Pets: Biskit and Ella (Pekingese)
Weight: 120 lbs
Media: Freiberg has been a guest or profiled on a variety of national platforms including CNN, Forbes, Teen Vogue, espnW, Fitness Magazine, Yahoo Shine, SPEED, Seventeen Magazine, Cyclocross Magazine, SI Now and AutoWeek