Drive for Diversity profile: Kristin Bumbera
Team Owner: Bobby Hamilton Jr. Racing
Hometown: Sealy, Texas
Years in Racing: 14
Date Of Birth: 10/5/87
Kristin Bumbera, 21, has already earned her place in the record books in her home state of Texas. Bumbera, who began racing go-karts at age eight, has accomplished many "firsts" as a female race car driver.
After moving from go-karts to the Super Mini-Cup Division at Houston Motorsports Park in 1998, Bumbera's auto racing career got off to a record-breaking start. That season, as the only female competitor in her division, Bumbera won every race, the championship and Rookie of the Year honors. Bumbera spent the next few seasons traveling with her father's super late model team.
In 2004, she returned to Houston Motorsports Park, this time in the Late Model Division, where she again earned Rookie of the Year honors. During the 2006 season, Bumbera became the first female to win a Late Model race at the track.
Bumbera raced in the ASA Pro Late Model Series in 2007. She scored five top fives and 11 top 10s, and became the first female to lead the points standings in a Texas late model series.
Last year, Bumbera participated in her first season in the Drive for Diversity program. She drove for Golden State Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. In 21 starts, she had two wins, 11 top-five finishes, 13 top-10 finishes and four poles. Bumbera's success earned her the opportunity to run two races in the NASCAR Camping World Series.
Her achievements during the 2008 season bought Bumbera a second invitation to the 2008 Drive for Diversity Testing & Evaluation Combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. Bumbera's performance at the Combine got her a spot in the 2009 Drive for Diversity class. She will pilot a car for Bobby Hamilton Jr. Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Series East.
Away from the race track, Bumbera is a junior at the University of Houston, majoring in marketing.