GIRL RACERS IS A HIGH-OCTANE, FOUR-PART DOCUMENTARY TV SERIES THAT CHRONICLES THE CAREERS OF NORTH AMERICA’S TOP FEMALE RACE CAR DRIVERS, INCLUDING SIX CANADIANS, OVER THE COURSE OF THE 2004 RACING SERIES.
Narrated by former driver and racing enthusiast Jason Priestley, the series goes behind-the-scenes in one of the most highly watched sports on North American television today. Girl Racers documents for the first time, the trials and tribulations that female drivers experience in one of the few sports where women compete directly with men … and win.
Two drivers who are competing at the highest level are: Danica Patrick, who stunned the racing world by placing 2nd in a major European Championship when she was only 18. Girl Racers captures her 2004 season in the Toyota Atlantic Championship as she is groomed for the big leagues with the backing of legendary Indy 500 winner, Bobby Rahal and talk-show host David Letterman. On May 29th of this year at age 23, Danica became the 4th woman ever to compete in the prestigious Indy 500. She drove the race of a lifetime, becoming the first woman in history to lead the race, holding it for 19 laps and ultimately finishing 4th. When she was awarded Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, she officially became the story every newspaper, magazine and television camera wants to capture.
Milka Duno, a Naval Engineer by training who holds four masters’ degrees, is what’s known in the industry as ‘the complete package.’ This gorgeous sex symbol of auto racing would seem to have it all. She started racing sports cars just 6 years ago in her native Venezuela and quickly attracted high-level sponsorship. Girl Racers captures Milka in her first year in the Grand American Rolex Championship series — the top-level endurance series in America. Not only does Milka become first woman to win (twice) at Homestead Miami and at the Petit le Mans in Braselton, Georgia, but she is featured in the largest ever Hispanic marketing campaign for Pontiac.
Format: Digital Video
Running Time: 4 x 1 Hour
Writer/Director: Barry Gray
Executive Producer: Trish Dolman
Producer(s): Stephanie Symns
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
2006 Awards & Nominations
- 2006 Gemini Nomination for Best Program or Series for Producers Trish Dolman and Stephanie Symns
- Nominated for Best Documentary (Nature/environment/adventure/science/technology category), Best Cinematography and Best Sound Editing – Leo Awards
- US premiere on The Biography Channel in September and October 2005.
- Canadian premiere in Canada during the Molson Indy Series in July 2005 on the Global Television Network.
Produced by Screen Siren Pictures Inc. in association with Global Television Network Inc., a CanWest Company.
Produced with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry, Telefilm Canada: Equity Investment Program, CTF: License Fee Program; the Province of British Columbia Film Incentive BC; the Canadian Film or Video Tax Credit; British Columbia Film; CanWest Western Independent Producers Fund; and Rogers Telefund.
Developed in association with Global Television Network Inc., a CanWest Company and Telefilm Canada, and with the participation of British Columbia Film.
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