Digging Away

19 Sep 2011

September 17 Update

It was a great night of racing at Lonesome Pine Raceway last Saturday, September 17. After several weeks off, I finally got to get back in my little pink car to do some racing.

The day started off fairly well and I continued to pick up speed throughout practice. It is definitely a HUGE adjustment to go from sports cars to stock cars. Braking played a key role in my speed this past Saturday. However, I am getting back into the swing of things now and will continue to improve next race.

I qualified 6th and ended up finishing right where I started. The car pushed throughout the whole race, but I think we now know what to do to fix it and should be good to go for the race at LPR in two weeks (October 1). I did have a little fender bender with the #51 of Willie Gibson. I was racing hard with him and the #44 car of Jody Bostic whenever it happened. Just “one of them racing deals”. Couldn’t help but dent up the hood a little. However, no one spun out and the race continued on.

I am looking forward to practicing on Thursday, September 29 and racing on Saturday, October 1. Hopefully, I will have a good finish and be able to bring home my first win of the season!

Continue to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for more updates on my racing!

Thanks again to my Dad, Paul Shull and my uncle Steve for a great weekend of racing. I couldn’t do it without you all!

Check my website for new photos, videos, updates and everything in between!

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As I stare at my computer screen and envision the overwhelming back-end coding, I am terrified that Facebook will take over my brain for the next few days. These are the thoughts that crossed my mind whenever I first embarked on learning how to optimize Facebook pages.

First, I started out with some research. I thought to myself, it’s Facebook, how hard could it be to find information about how to make fan pages better. This is where I began to become both overwhelmed and excited, there are so many great things that can be added to a page to make it better. To name a few, Twitter integration, YouTube integration, polling, welcome pages, advertising, and the list goes on and on. I thought where do I even begin?

After the suggestion of Richard Brasser, The Targeted Group, a couple of weeks ago, I looked at Jeffrey Gitomer’sFacebook page. He does an excellent job at incorporating all of his social media together and making his own brand. After browsing through his Facebook page, I realized that he was using a certain company’s apps, Involver. This led me to check out Involver’s Facebook page and all of their applications. They do a wonderful job at making their apps easily accessible and easy to use.

Once I dove into the whole process, I really learned a lot! I was customizing pages left and right. It was amazing to me how simple it was, once I did some research.

Through looking at Jeffrey Gitomer’s Facebook page as well as his other social media, I realized the true meaning of creating a brand identity for yourself. Fans will recognize you by the face and image you put in front of them. Social media allows us to create that image easily and further define our brand.

Be sure to check out what I did to optimize Jenna Wagner Racing’s Facebook fan page!!!

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Racing Fever

05 Jul 2011

Good morning!

Man, it feels like it has been years since I have been in a racecar. Needless to say, I am itching to get back in a car.

Since I have last updated, I graduated with my Masters from Elon University and have been super busy entering the real world.

My racing has been pushed to the side in the past few months; however, I am eager to start back up again. I am beginning to get my plans together for next season and hopefully will be able to update you all on what I am doing soon!

My family, friends and I participated in Relay for Life a couple of weeks ago to raise money for the American Cancer Society. We had a great turn out and was able to put together a “Pit Crew Challenge” for people to participate in. This fundraiser was a big success and we hope to continue to participate in the coming years. Cancer has affected my family as well as many other families and we are working to find a cure!

Be sure to check out the newly improved Jenna Wagner Racing Website for all my racing news, updates, photos, videos, and much more!

Check back for updates soon!

Friend me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter!

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It was a little tough getting back into the swing of driving a stock car. Having been driving a Mazda for 3 straight days. Friday night at the track was eventful to say the least. This was only my second time running New Kingsport Speedway in Kingsport, TN. The first practice I used to get used to the car again and feel the car out since my wreck last August at Bristol. The second practice I pushed it a little harder and my times picked up. When I went out to qualifying I broke an axel and didn’t get to qualify. My dad, Mark, David, and Paul all worked extremely hard to get it fixed before the race. They finished just as the cars were getting lined up, so I hopped in and started the race last. The car didn’t ever really feel right the whole race. Therefore, we are going to have to work to see what else might be wrong.

Can’t wait to get back on track soon! Stay tuned and be sure to watch “Rookies to Racers” this Saturday at 8:00 pm on The Discovery Channel!

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I had a wonderful weekend in Miami! I really love the MX-5s. The weekend started out on Thursday with a promoter test day. I had 3 sessions of testing, all 50 minutes long. I progressively got used to the car and my times improved. On Friday, I had 2 practice sessions and a qualifying session. My times continuously improved and by the end of qualifying, I ended up 8th.

Friday night Mom, Dad, and I drove down to Key Largo and ate at MM 88. This place was amazing! The atmosphere was wonderful!

Saturday was race day and I ended up finishing where I qualified after an early-race spin. The beginning of the race was a wild one! I was running by myself for the majority of the race; however, I got to work more on my shifting.

Road course racing is definitely strenuous on your body. My shoulders are sore from all of the shifting. By the end of the weekend, my shifting had improved greatly! I am working on running the full Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup season with enough sponsorship. Check back for weekly updates on my racing and videos!

Special thanks to Mazda, MAZDASPEED, Skip Barber, SCCA, Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup, and Homestead Miami Speedway!

Jenna Wagner waiting for the race at Homestead Miami Speedway

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Local Racecar Driver to Be Featured in Discovery Channel Documentary

Jenna Wagner featured in Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Documentary “Rookies to Racers”

Bristol, VA. (March 30, 2011) – On Saturday April 2, 2011, episode 1 of the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series documentary “Rookies to Racers” will air on The Discovery Channel at 7:00 pm and will be replayed on Sunday, April 3 at 2:00 am.  The documentary will also air on The Science Channel on Thursday, April 7 at 8:00 pm. “I’m really excited about being featured in “Rookies to Racers” and being featured on major network television,” said Wagner.  “I am looking forward to watching the documentary and reliving my 2010 season in the VW Jetta TDI Cup. This documentary is a tremendous opportunity to market myself and I hope that a lot of people tune in to watch. I had a great time interacting with the film crew and I know that they have put together a tremendous work of art.”

About Wagner
In 2005, Jenna Wagner first hit the track at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Virginia in their Racing 101 Program.   In 2006, she graduated and drove a Dodge Neon in the UCAR Division at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway. For the next two seasons, Wagner returned to her favorite track, Lonesome Pine, where she would compete in the MOD-4 Division in a Ford Thunderbird earning Rookie of the Year in 2008.  In 2009, Wagner moved to the Late Model Charger Division while finishing third in the Championship standings and once again earning Rookie of the Year honors. In 2010 Wagner competed in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series touring road courses throughout North America and Mexico. She hopes to secure a full time ride on the road courses for the 2011 season which will help her earn valuable seat time and mature as a racecar driver.  She plans to also compete in the Late Model Charger Division at Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway.  Wagner hopes to one day compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

About “Rookies to Racers”
The documentary is based on the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series and follows the series’ 25 drivers from their first race at the Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia to their last race at Autodromo AMOZOC in Puebla, Mexico.

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What a great winter and start to 2011! Sorry I haven’t updated in a few months; however, I haven’t really had much to update on…until now.

I have been given the opportunity to race this weekend in the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup at Homestead Miami Speedway in a Skip Barber car. If you want to stay updated throughout all sessions, check the live timing here. I am really excited about this opportunity and have been preparing since I found out last Friday, 2.25.2011. iRacing has been and will be my best friend for the next few days.

This winter has been super busy with trying to get the 2011 season figured out. I am trying to run the entire 2011 Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup season, and hopefully will gain enough sponsorship to compete.

WII Racing has been rebuilding the Charger over the winter to race at New Kingsport Speedway in Kingsport, TN and Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn, VA as well.

The Jenna Wagner Racing and WII Racing websites are being redesigned and will be updated by the end of April. Keep checking back for more updates!

My latest press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Jenna Wagner to Race in Grand Prix of Miami – 03.1.11

Bristol, VA. (March 1, 2011) — When the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup takes to the track this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jenna Wagner will be making her debut in the series and her first laps at the famed course. Wagner has been honored by MAZDASPEED Challenge to pilot one of the MX-5 in the Round 1 event.

“I’m really excited about being chosen by MAZDASPEED and the opportunity to drive the MX-5 in the Grand Prix of Miami this weekend,” said Wagner. “I am looking forward to continuing to pursue one of my greatest passions this weekend out on the racetrack, and being able to race at Miami-Homestead Speedway. I had a great time learning to compete on the road courses last season but I know it will be a challenge to learn to negotiate a new track. Hopefully, I will have a bit of good luck this weekend and we’ll be able to earn a solid result.”

About Wagner

In 2005, Jenna Wagner first hit the track at Lonesome Pine Raceway in Virginia in their Racing 101 Program. In 2006, she graduated and drove a Dodge Neon in the UCAR Division at Virginia’s Motor Mile Speedway.

For the next two seasons, Wagner returned to her favorite track, Lonesome Pine, where she would compete in the MOD-4 Division in a Ford Thunderbird earning Rookie of the Year in 2008. In 2009, Wagner moved to the Late Model Charger Division while finishing third in the Championship standings and once again earning Rookie of the Year honors.

In 2010 Wagner competed in the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series touring road courses throughout North America and Mexico. She hopes to secure a full time ride on the road courses for the 2011 season which will help her earn valuable seat time and mature as a racecar driver. She plans to also compete in the Late Model Charger Division at Kingsport Speedway and Lonesome Pine Raceway. Wagner hopes to one day compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

About MAZDA

On any given weekend, there are more Mazdas on the road-race tracks of America than any other brand of vehicle. At the track, you’ll see MX-5 Miata, RX-8, Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, RX-7 and other vintage Mazda models competing, because every Mazda has the Soul of a Sports Car. In fact, the largest road-racing class in the world is Spec Miata, with more than 2,500 first-and second-generation Miatas tearing up America’s racetracks, making it the most-raced production car in the world. Mazda’s involvement in motorsports extends to its relationship with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the world’s premier road-racing circuits, the Skip Barber Schools for driving and racing, and the Mazda Road to Indy.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

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LPR 10-23-2010

25 Oct 2010

Ohhh…what an eventful afternoon/night at the racetrack. I drove the #22 in the Pure 4 division and was wrecked on the 2nd lap. I took a hard hit and the car was pretty destroyed. I am a little sore today, but alright, none the less. Very thankful that I am okay!!!

The Charger car was running great all day. I was getting back into the swing of things. The car was in great condition compared to what it looked like after Bristol. Thank you so much to Paul, Mark, Royce, and my Daddy for putting it back together!!!

I started the race 7th after we drew for starting positions. I ended up 4th after the first lap and ran 4th for the majority of the race. On lap 34 there was a caution and the car started overheating. I ended up pulling in the pits and finished 9th. Hopefully, we can figure out what is wrong with it within the next few days and it will be ready for the 100-lapper at LPR on Saturday. Racing starts at 3pm!

Thanks again to all of my supporters and sponsors for a great season!

Dad
Mom
Steve
Kenny
Paul
Mark
Royce
Dee Dee
Austin
Richard

Safety Kleen
SE Solutions
ProImage Graphics
84 Expo

Also a special thanks to Jack and Sue Penley for letting me drive the Pure 4!

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Practice session went okay. The track was extremely technical, which I am not used to at all. Q1 was rough. I couldn’t ever get a handle on the track and slowed down in my lap times. Q2 went better. I continued to learn the track. The first race went okay. I ended up finishing 23rd. Not too bad of a race. Race 2 went well. I worked my way up to 17th. A caution came out and completely ruined my momentum. I ended up finishing 23rd. Promising end to the season.

Thank you to Volkswagen, Volkwagen of Mexico, Safety Kleen, SE Solutions, Pro Image Graphics, 84 Expo, and to all my family and friends! Can’t wait for next season! Congratulations to JD Mobley on winning the championship! I had an amazing experience this year in the VW Jetta TDI Cup!

2010 VW Mexico Preview

2010 VW Mexico Friday Release

2010 VW Mexico Saturday Release

2010 VW Mexico Sunday Release

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Saturday night at BMS was rough. Got spun out, t-boned, and went to the hospital. Everything checked out okay though! I’m so thankful that no one was hurt in that wreck. Won’t be racing at LPR this weekend. The car has to have a new front clip put on. VW Jetta TDI Cup race in Mexico next weekend! Hope to return to racing back home soon. =) So thankful and grateful!

Thank you to everyone at BMS and to all who have expressed their concern in my condition. Can’t wait to get back to racing!

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