Recently, racing has been an easier path for women attempting to make a name for themselves professionally than, say, football. With the exception of rallying, this access has come with an expectation that your sexuality will be part of your outward racing persona, something that Richard Petty never had to endure. If you don't believe us, just look at Danica Patrick. The double-standard probably works more to the advantage of a female driver as they have access to a pool of advertising dollars that their male counterparts can't get at, as well as built-in media attention. Of course, this also means that less attractive female drivers are at a serious disadvantage. For Scotland's Susie Stoddart, who currently races in DTM, this isn't much of a problem.

Though she may not be the next Miss Universe, Ms. Stoddart is certainly able to pull of something less than a full track suit (as these shots from her website demonstrate). She's also a capable young driver, having worked her way up through karting, Formula Renault, Formula 3 and now DTM. For the 2007 series she raced a 2005-spec Mercedes C-Class Coupe, finishing in all but two races. Oh, and according to Wikipedia she's single and only four months our elder. [, Wikipedia]