Sara Christian
Birthplace: Dahlonega, Georgia
Born: 1918
Died: 1980
Cause of Death:
Awards: 1949 United States Drivers Association Woman Driver of the Year

inducted in the Georgia Automobile Racing Hall of Fame in 2004

NASCAR Cup statistics
7 races run over 2 years.
Best Cup Position: 13th - 1949 (Strictly Stock)
First Race: 1949 Charlotte Speedway (NASCAR's first race)
Last Race: 1950 Hamburg (NY) Speedway
First Win: None
Last Win: None
Wins Top Tens Poles
0 2 0
Sara Christian (19181980) was the first woman driver in NASCAR history.

Driving careerEdit


She competed in NASCAR's first race on June 19 1949 at Charlotte Speedway (not Lowe's Motor Speedway). She qualified 13th in the #71 Ford owned by her husband Frank Christian. She let Bob Flock drive car part way through the race after his engine expired on the 38th lap. He drove the car until it overheated, and finished 14th.

She competed in the second race at the Daytona Beach Road Course on July 10 1949, and finished 18th. The 28 car field also included Flock's sister Ethel Mobley and Louise Smith which made it the first race to include three woman drivers. Frank also competed in the race, and they became the only married couple to compete in a NASCAR race. Frank finished sixth in his only career start.

She finished sixth at the fourth race at Langhorn Speedway, and became the first woman to earn a Top 10 finish. Race winner Curtis Turner invited Christian to join him in victory lane. Mobley and Smith again competed against Christian in the race, and it was the last NASCAR race to have three women drivers.

She finished fifth at the ninth race at Heidelberg Raceway in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The finish was the only Top 5 finish by a woman in NASCAR history [1].

She raced in six of the eight events in the 1949 season, and finished 13th in the final points standings.


She competed in one event in 1950. She finished 14th at the 12th race at the Hamburg (NY) Speedway before she retired.


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