CHARLOTTE – Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney appeared on BBC World Newstoday, speaking with Ben Bland about comments made by Formula One Group Chief Executive Bernie Ecclestone that women couldn’t handle an F1 car.
Muldowney is a three-time NHRA Top Fuel world champion who paved the way for female drivers in the sport. Her comments were heard in 192 million households worldwide.
Here is a transcript of the interview:
Ben Bland: A Facebook viewer wrote, saying, there are a number of sports women don’t undertake because they lack the physical ability, F1 being one of them. They should remain in sports they are comfortable doing. Shirley, your thoughts?
Muldowney: My thoughts are, in our form of motorsport — and I must disagree with (past F1 test driver) Susie (Wolff) only because I might be a bit partial — the 10,000-horsepower cars that we drive, fueled by nitromethane, are in fact the fastest race cars in the world and the most demanding and the most challenging. And she mentioned several times, using the word performing. Well that’s fine, you can go out there and perform for the crowd, but my motto is, not performing … winning. That’s the bottom line. That’s why I’m out there. I’m not out there because I’m a woman, I’m not out there because I am trying to prove anything, and I’m not out there because I want to prove Mr. Ecclestone to be a bonehead, but winning is the bottom line. That’s what it’s all about.
Bland: I know this has generated a lot of emotion, but we should probably keep the language a little tailored.
Muldowney: Oh, well that’s not bad language. Here in the States, that just pretty much signifies a knucklehead, someone who says some of the things I read that he said. It’s pretty degrading, really. I’m a 50-year veteran in the sport of NHRA drag racing. I’ve won four championships (three NHRA and one AHRA) and I’ve had the pole position 18 times in my career, and to listen to this man just degrade everything that any other woman has done out there, myself included, is a little bit of a put-down.
Speed Sisters Director Amber Fares, who has made a documentary about the first all-woman race car team in the Middle East: There’s a whole racing scene happening in the Middle East, and they are encouraging women to come out and race with them, and I’m thinking that if it can happen in the Middle East, then couldn’t it happen anywhere else in the world?
Muldowney: It already has happened. It happened back in 1971 when the NHRA, the first to accept women on an equal basis, allowed me to come into the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis and get my feet wet. And I’ll admit, I missed qualifying by .02 of a second — that’s a lot in our sport — but I dug in and scratched my way from the bottom right up through the ranks and reached the pinnacle. I reached the top of our sport.
I wanted to go out there and teach them the right way to do it, show the fellas the way home, and no one gave me a quarter. I did it all by myself, with good people. Well, I didn’t do it all by myself, I need to retract that, but with great crewmembers, and I always had my own equipment. I was the boss, and it kinda looks like I called the right shots when you look at history.
Bland: Shirley, I would be interested to hear you and Jutta (Kleinschmidt) compare your experiences in racing and the attitudes you encountered in racing.
Muldowney: Wooo, attitude? Come on over here and I’ll show you some attitude because we have some very intense drivers over here. Most of them are not just drivers, they don’t just show up with their helmet in one hand and a first-class boarding pass in the other. They come with their own equipment, they build their cars and engines, they maintain things, they tune it, and they drive it. They are kinda like a one-man band, and what a great job our drivers do. That’s the foundation of the NHRA. You must start at the bottom and work your way on up to the top.
I started with the sport in its infancy and I grew with it. I was the first woman, and they hated me. They did everything they could to outwit me, to make life difficult, but you know, I didn’t go to the corner and cry, I just got even. And I’ll tell you where I got even: right on the starting line and on the finish line. That was my taste of glory, and I dwell on it. I love the way I did it because if I had done it any other way, I would not have made the grade.
Bland to Jessica King, 18-year-old from the UK also on the line: Jessica, you have the opportunity to get advice from two very inspiring role models on the line, Ms. Shirley Muldowney and Jutta Kleinschmidt; is there anything you want to ask them?
Jessica: How did you do it? What benefits you? How can I get to where you are?
Muldowney: I’ll raise my hand. When you said “program” earlier, I assumed you meant sponsorship programs. (Yes) That’s the hardest part, to be able to secure the funding to go out there and buy the right parts and pieces and the right components and be able to afford the people who really know what they are doing. You cannot do this all on your own. I suffered from day one with finding the money to race, but I was able to keep my head above water for 33 years in nitro racing, which is unheard of, to be able to run these cars and compete on a national level. Between personal appearances, souvenir sales, guaranteed appearance money, and winning, that is how I did it for three decades. My biggest problem always was sponsorship.
One thing you need to do is build relationships in this industry with everyone. Cater to the press; you don’t pass on interviews, you don’t not show up. These are the people who vote for Hall of Fame positions, and that is something you can take to the bank, a Hall of Fame position. I’m in 11 Halls of Fame and I’m pretty proud of that, and those where all voted by the media, so you must treat them the way they deserve to be treated.
Also, you might want to have rich parents or be in the right place at the right time. It’s a hard thing to do, and I can’t tell you exactly how to do it because that is something I was never able to achieve except with one company, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, and I had a wonderful relationship with them for 45 years. In fact, I am very proud that I was (friends with) the world racing director for Goodyear, a man named Leo Mehl. They asked me to be his presenter when he was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame, and I was just blown away. I was so excited and so impressed and I thought, “I have finally made it.”
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Bill Campbell is pictured above with 2015 Campbell Trophy recipient Ty Darlington from Oklahoma at an event at the New York Athletic Club in December. “]
IRVING, Texas (April 18, 2016) - Bill Campbell, the namesake of the NFF William V. Campbell Trophy, the 2004 NFF Gold Medal recipient and the longest serving board member of the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame, passed away today. Born Aug. 31, 1940, Campbell was 75.
“We lost a giant today and certainly one of the most prominent and significant leaders in NFF history,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Bill touched so many people and organizations during his lifetime, and we were incredibly fortunate that he chose the NFF as his vehicle for giving back to the game he loved so much. His reputation brought immediate credibility to all of our efforts, and he worked with us on numerous occasions to leverage his relationships to further the NFF’s mission. He was a great friend, and we are incredibly proud to carry on his legacy of leadership as the namesake of our top scholar-athlete award.”
“We are incredibly saddened by the passing of Bill,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “He embodied the term leadership, and he used his experiences as a player and coach at Columbia to build one of the most successful business careers in the Silicon Valley as a confidant to generations of our country’s most influential business leaders. Nobody had a bigger heart or gave back more to the game. His philanthropic efforts included quietly giving away tens of millions of dollars during his lifetime while continuing to coach an eighth grade football team near his home in California. He truly was a remarkable individual, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family and many, many friends.”
Bill Campbell joined the NFF Board in 1978 while he was still a coach at Columbia, and he continued to serve with distinction until his passing. In 2004, the NFF recognized Campbell’s contributions and accomplishments by presenting him with the NFF Gold Medal, the organization’s highest honor. In 2009, the NFF named college football’s premiere scholar-athlete award as the William V. Campbell Trophy in his honor. The trophy is currently presented by Fidelity Investments, displayed at its official home inside the New York Athletic Club and endowed by HealthSouth with a $25,000 annual scholarship.
Known as “The Coach of Silicon Valley,” Campbell played critical roles in the success of Apple, Google, Intuit and countless other high tech companies. The captain of Columbia’s 1961 Ivy League championship team, he found his true calling after an unlikely career change at age 39 from football coach to advertising executive. His ability to recruit, develop, and manage talented executives – all lessons learned on the gridiron - proved to be a critical component of his ability to inspire his business teams to the highest levels of success.
Campbell has been a major NFF supporter with several large donations to support the organization’s youth development programs over the years, and he endowed one of its prestigious postgraduate scholarships in the name of his late brother, James J. Campbell, who was a three-sport athlete at the U.S. Naval Academy, including All-America honors in football and lacrosse.
Campbell, who served as the chairman of the board at Columbia, helped foster a strong relationship between the NFF, Columbia and the Ivy League. The relationships led to the NFF co-hosting an annual event, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, that provides the stage for announcing the recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup to the Ivy League’s Football Players of the Year.
WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL BIO
Campbell grew up outside of Pittsburgh in Homestead, Pa. His father worked two jobs, pulling nights in a mill and days as a high school teacher and basketball coach. Football reigns supreme in Western Pennsylvania, and Campbell played guard and linebacker in high school. Bright and energetic, Campbell migrated east to play football at Columbia University for Coach Buff Donelli.
A four-year student-athlete, Campbell captained the 1961 Ivy League Championship football team, which was inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010, and earned All-Ivy League accolades as a senior. In a 1974 interview, Donelli described him as “the best captain I ever had. He’s a person who made more of an imprint on people who know him than anyone I’ve ever known.”
Campbell graduated from Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1962, later earning a master’s degree in education also from Columbia. Before entering the business world at age 39, Campbell held several football coaching jobs as an assistant at Columbia University and then Boston College before landing the head job at his alma mater from 1974-79.
After his coaching stint, Campbell embarked on a legendary career, starting as a vice president of J. Walter Thompson, a New York based advertising agency, and then as a general manager of consumer products at Eastman Kodak Europe. He joined Apple Computer in 1983, and he rose to the level of executive vice president. He went on to found and served as president and CEO of Claris Corporation, which Apple purchased in 1990.
During his tenure at Apple, he played a critical role in a high-risk decision to air the famous “1984″ ad directed by Ridley Scott that introduced the Mac during Super Bowl XVIII. The ad, which would be named the greatest commercial ever made by Advertising Age, helped build Apple’s legend and its transcendent brand.
From 1994-98, Campbell served as the president and chief executive officer of Intuit, the maker of Quicken, QuickBooks, and Turbo Tax. Campbell also served as CEO of the company from September 1999 until January 2000. He would go onto serve as chairman. During his tenure at Intuit, the company’s market value grew substantially, starting at $700 million and growing to more than $26 billion today.
Campbell joined the Columbia University Board of Trustees in 2003 and was named chair just two years later. He led the university through one of the most dynamic eras in its history – one that included the planning and groundbreaking of the new Manhattanville campus, the opening of the University’s Global Centers, the successful completion of the record-setting Columbia Campaign and The Columbia Campaign for Athletics: Achieving Excellence, the creation of the Columbia Alumni Association and many more initiatives.
Because of his tremendous leadership and passion for Columbia Athletics, the university dedicated the Campbell Sports Center in his honor in October 2013. The state-of-the-art 50,000 square foot athletics headquarters at the Baker Athletic Complex on West 218th Street became the first new athletics building for Columbia since the mid-1970s. In fall 2014, the athletics program retired uniform number 67 – the number Campbell wore as an offensive lineman and linebacker for the 1961 Ivy League Champions – for all 31 of Columbia’s varsity teams.
Campbell is survived by his son, Jim, daughter, Maggie, wife, Eileen Bocci, stepson, Matt Bocci, and his former wife, Roberta.
About the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta,
The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include Delta Air Lines, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.
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Houston Astros outfielder Colby Rasmus has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending April 24th.
In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Colby Rasmus will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Mookie Betts (10 R, 11 H, 2 HR, 22 TB) of the Red Sox; Logan Forsythe (.440, 11 H, 3 2B, 19 TB) and Drew Smyly (1-0, 0.60 ERA, 15.0 IP, 17 SO) of the Tampa Bay Rays; Hector Santiago (2-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP, 17 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; Ian Desmond (7 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 SB) of the Rangers; and Salvador Perez (2 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, .944 SLG) of the Kansas City Royals.
Rasmus batted .316 (6-for-19) with five runs scored, one double, four home runs, 10 RBI, five walks and a stolen base over six games to claim his second career Player of the Week Award, last winning in the National League with the St. Louis Cardinals on June 6, 2010. Among AL leaders, Colby finished first in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage (1.000), tied for second in extra-base hits (5), tied for third in total bases (19), seventh in on-base percentage (.458) and tied for ninth in runs scored.
On Thursday against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park, Rasmus went 2-for-3 with a walk, two home runs and three RBI. It was the ninth multi-home run game of his career and his second of 2016 after also hitting two round-trippers on April 9th at Milwaukee. The 2005 first round pick (28th overall) paces the AL in multi-homer games this season and is tied for the most among Major Leaguers with Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. In Saturday afternoon’s home tilt against the Boston Red Sox, the eight-year veteran went 2-for-4 with his fifth career grand slam and first since May 4, 2014, while playing with the Toronto Blue Jays. Additionally, Rasmus delivered his second-career five-RBI game, previously accomplishing the feat on June 2, 2011 with a career-high six RBI as a member of the Cardinals. In Sunday night’s rubber match with Boston, Rasmus delivered in the clutch, launching a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. Entering play today, the lefty slugger is tied with Toronto’s Josh Donaldson for first in home runs (7), and he ranks second in RBI (19), walks (16), on-base percentage (.389) and slugging percentage (.671). Off the field, Rasmus launched his Hitters for Heroes program, pledging to donate $1,000 for every home run he hits during the 2016 season to support the work of Team Rubicon, a disaster response nonprofit that utilizes the skills of military veterans to provide relief following natural disasters.
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