Shirley Muldowney, also known professionally as "Cha Cha" and the "First Lady of Drag Racing", is an American auto racer. She was the first woman to receive a license from the National Hot Rod Association to drive a Top Fuel dragster. She won the NHRA Top Fuel championship in 1977, 1980, and 1982, becoming the first person to win two and three Top Fuel titles. She won a total of 18 NHRA national events.
|Born:||Shirley Ann Roque, June 19, 1940, Burlington, Vermont|
|1990 2001 2004:||Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, National Hot Rod Association top 50 Drivers of 1951–2000, International Motor Sports Hall of Fame|
About Shirley Muldowney
Female racing pioneer who was dubbed the "First Lady of Drag Racing" and nicknamed "Cha Cha"; the first woman given a license by the NHRA.
She skipped school to race up and down the streets of Schenectady, New York, saying that's all she wanted to do growing up.
Her racing career was sidelined in 1984 after a crash left her with injuries to her hands, pelvis, and legs; she eventually returned to the tracks later in the decade and continued racing until 2003.
She married her first husband, 19-year-old Jack Muldowney, when she was 16; he built her first dragster.
She was played by Bonnie Bedelia in the 1983 movie about her life, "Heart Like a Wheel."
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- Female dragster drivers
- Sportspeople from Schenectady, New York
- International Motorsports Hall of Fame inductees
- Dragster drivers
- 21st-century American racing drivers