Happy Birthday, Dani Pedrosa!
Maria Teresa de Filippis then and now — Though she may not be a household name, de Filippis changed the Formula 1 racing community forever when she was selected by Maserati to represent them in the ‘56 Naples Grand Prix, in which she placed second. She then raced in the F1 professionally for only one year before retiring after a host of horrifying racing accidents killed many of her friends. She turned her back on racing for nearly two decades, before eventually joining — and later becoming Vice President of — the International Club of Former F1 Grand Prix Drivers, and founding the Maserati Club in 2004. This racing pioneer opened the doors for women in the professional motor racing community; that definitely makes her this week’s WCW! More info about de Filippis, and other fast females here: http://en.espnf1.com/f1/motorsport/story/44865.html