100-year-old NASCAR fan drives NHMS – Click above to watch the video after the jump

We're not the biggest NASCAR fans in the world, but we can't think of a much better way to celebrate a 100th birthday than with a few laps around New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Rachel Gilbert, a NASCAR follower since the 1960s, took five live laps around the speedway in a Toyota Camry pace car. Ms. Gilbert, we salute you.

The great grandmother of nine never passed 50 miles per hour, but she seemed pretty darn pleased with her shot at NASCAR glory. The good people at the speedway also gave Gilbert VIP tickets to the July Spring Cup and a shirt signed by Carl Edwards. Hit the jump to watch video of Gilbert as she cruises around NHMS.

[Source: The Daily What]



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      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats awesome
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shouldn't that car be a Lexus ES 350 instead of a Camry?
      paulwilson05
      • 3 Years Ago
      50 mph...the pace of vanilla! Dude but that is a pretty bad ass birthday experiences for anyone of any age.
      JamesJ
      • 3 Years Ago
      She was probably involved in the original moonshine run.
      Mayoman
      • 3 Years Ago
      She looks pretty good for 100
      david opanga
      • 3 Years Ago
      pretty epic that shes 100 years old and looks to be good at her age. that right their is inspirational.! ohh yea id have request carls Cup Car too.! just sayin.!
      MKIV
      • 3 Years Ago
      WOW... Just got me thinking what would be pacing a race when I'm 100.
      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      How fitting. A Camry.
      Dave
      • 3 Years Ago
      One chance in 100 years and she's forced to drive the biggest mechanical a**hole made.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      Straight, turn left, straight, turn left :-) How hard can it be?
        Benfolio
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Calm down, psyabe. Maybe might have been (maybe maybe?) referring to the elderly woman's driving at 50MPH, not a full bore Saturday night cup event. That being said, I agree, it IS a lot harder than it looks. I did a RPDE event at Chicagoland and even at speeds around 120 in the corners the g forces pull the hell out of your head and neck. That and following another car seemed alot closer than it really was, as did the wall.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lamest pace car ever?
      cadetgray
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what is more shocking...seeing a 100 year old woman driving on a speedway or seeing the words Toyota Camry Pace Car used in that order. LOL They could have least found her something to drive that isn't considered an automotive appliance.
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