Posted: Jun 21, 2012 8:30 PM by Mark Freeman - MTN Sports
Updated: Jun 22, 2012 6:43 AM
BOZEMAN- Car racing is mostly a young man's game, but one grandmother who learned her love of speed in the Missoula pits, is now making the turns at the Gallatin Speedway outside Bozeman.
Pam Williams always dreamed of racing her own car, and it's now a reality for her. In a male-dominated sport, Williams took the road less traveled, and now competes with the street stockcar she built herself at Gallatin Speedway.
"It's something that I've wanted to do all my life, and I've always said, if you have a dream, and if you have something out there you really want to do, it doesn't matter how old you are," Williams said. "Do it."
Williams said you might get old, but it doesn't mean you have to slow down. "Go faster," she said.
Williams, who has two children and two grandchildren, is the only woman on the Gallatin track and stays in charge of her pit crew.
"I figure the best way to learn what I need to do is to do it myself," she said. " Otherwise, if I don't know whats going on with my car, what good am I as a driver?"
As one of few women pit crew members in Missoula, and the only woman driving at Gallatin, she said she's a role model for young women and all race car fans.
"I have a lot of teenagers and young girls that come down. I let them sit in my race car, they get to sign my race car, and I encourage them to try," she said.
"I want to win really bad. I told everybody I'm not retiring until I win."