San Jose Grand Prix

Menstuff® has compiled the following information on the San Jose Grand Prix. In our opinion, this race weekend is the best the West Coast has to offer, with five different types of racing over the three day weekend. Champ Car, Atlantic Car, Formula BMW, Historics and Formula Drift.

Women Scheduled to Compete at San Jose - 2007
Women Who Competed at San Jose - 2006
Event Schedule - 2007
Photo Gallery - 2007
Photo Gallery - 2006
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About 2006

World class open-wheel racing returns to the streets of downtown San José with one of California’s largest and most anticipated sporting events. July 28, 29 and 30, 2006 marks the return of the San José Grand Prix.

The San José Grand Prix will be so much more than a race. It’s a week-long festival both on and off the track. Activities include Speedfest, Pit Stop Park and Festival Areas with interactive games, live music, driver autograph sessions and more. Off-track events include a golf tournament, a drivers’ VIP party, the CXO Go Kart race and the Canary Fund gala fundraiser. All proceeds from these events are benefiting Canary Foundation.

The Champ Car World Series race features an international field of world-class drivers expected to include: Former Series Champions Jimmy Vasser (1996) of Morgan Hill; Cristiano da Matta (2002); Paul Tracy (2003) and Sebastien Bourdais (2004 & 2005); plus Mario Dominguez and A. J. Allmendinger of Los Gatos and Kathrine Legge from

Champ Car Atlantic Championship - Sunday
Champ Car Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama is the premier open-wheel development series in North America. The championship is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition and has helped produce past Champ Car champions like Tracy, Vasser, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve.

Historic Stock Car Racing Series (HSCRS) - Sunday
HSCRS is committed to the restoration and preservation of authentic and historic NASCAR stock cars while providing for their continued competition in a safe and entertaining environment. Beth Philion is expected to compete

Formula Drift - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Formula Drift or "drifting" is the hottest new form of motorsports. "Drifting", which originated in the mountains of Japan, is the art of controlling a car sliding sideways with drivers judged on style and showmanship, rather than speed. Three women are expected to compete. Three women are expected to compete:  Verena Mei, Nadine Toyoda and possibly Yoshie Shunyama.

Formula BMW USA Championship
Formula BMW is the world's leading entry-level open wheel racing class. Held in North America, Germany, the UK and Asia, up-and-coming drivers, as young as 15 years old, are given the opportunity to enter motor racing in the high-tech FB02 race car.

2006 marks the third Formula BMW USA season in North America. The Championship will race at seven prestigious venues, including both North American Formula 1 Grands Prix. This will be the first time Formula BMW USA will race at the San José Grand Prix.

The championship offers a multifaceted Education and Coaching Program as well as sponsorship for promising racing talents.


Women Compete at San Jose 2007

Women who competed on the Streets of San Jose July 27-29, 2007

(Story and photos to come)

Photo Gallery - 2007

Photos: Streets of San Jose July 27-29, 2007 by Gordon Clay

Women Compete at San Jose 2006

Four women competed on the Streets of San Jose July 28-30, 2006

Photo Gallery - 2006

Lyn St. James

Beth Philion

Simona de Silvestro

Kathrine Legge

Photos: Streets of San Jose July 28-30, 2006 by Gordon Clay

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