TAR, RUBBER AND BIG SMILES
"My dream was never to be the first girl, just the first over the finish line.
I push the boundaries so there are no boundaries left to keep girls from achieving anything they dream of."
Emily Duggan is an Australian racing car driver who has navigated her own path within the
highly male-dominated sport, and a successful path at that.
Ever since she finished high school, Emily has worked tirelessly to prove the doubters
wrong, and leapfrog the hurdles standing in the way of her path to success – a lack of family
support, industry knowledge and financial backing.
As a result, Emily knows the value of hard work, appreciates the challenges required to
overcome obstacles, and relishes the sorts of opportunities others take for granted.
In a decision based on pure self-belief, Emily bought her own race car and started
competing full-time in Series X3 NSW in 2014. With no prior race experience Emily proved her natural race ability and won the second race event she completed in, and went on to achieved 26 podium finishes in the category.
In March 2016, Emily made history as the first female driver to compete in the Super3 V8
Touring Car Series – the third tier of national V8 Supercar competition. It was an opportunity
Emily created and funded herself, through sheer hard work. While Emily’s limited budget
only allowed her to contest one round, the taste of driving a V8 Supercar invigorated her
desire for more.
In 2017, Emily was a finalist for the prestigious Cosmopolitan Sportswoman of the Year
Award. As a result of her outstanding on-track performances, she also received the
opportunity to race internationally in an 8 hour endurance race to finish the season.
Always motivated to push herself to the next level, Emily stepped up to the Toyota 86 Series
in 2018. She built her own car, and raced under her own banner.
In 2019, Emily’s relentless work ethic paid off, and enabled her to return to the Super3
series alongside a second campaign in Toyota 86s.
Emily's outstanding drive came again in just her second race event in Super3 Kumho series where she finished 2nd.
Emily’s motivation and work ethic have been recognised by some of the sport’s highest profile
figures, including multiple Bathurst endurance race winner Paul Morris, who labelled
her the hardest-working driver in pit lane and awarded her a scholarship to the Paul Morris
Racing Academy, allowing her to hone her skills and race craft at the Norwell Motorplex
Away from the track, Emily’s unique and captivating story has attracted extensive
coverage in mainstream and lifestyle publications such as Women’s Health Magazine.
Her entrepreneurial nous has been recognised by the Business Chicks organisation, who
invited her to speak at their “Nine to Thrive” functions. In 2019, she was appointed as an
ambassador for Dare to be Different, an international organisation committed to inspiring,
connecting and showcasing female talent in the motorsport industry.
Emily also enjoys supporting charitable causes – she has been a regular donor for Red
Cross Blood Service.
With her fiercely determined approach, refusal to take no for an answer and ability to
motivate others to get the best out of themselves, Emily is an outstanding female athlete
and a valued member of the Australian motorsport community.
Features/ Nominations / Awards - MILESTONE TO DATE
Guest panel speaker for Women's Health Magazine, International Women's Day 2019
Featured in Women's Health Magazine - 2018 December issue
Finalist in Cosmopolitan Magazine Sports Women of the Year 2017
Panel Speaker for Business Chicks 9 to Thrive events, Sydney & Brisbane
Video Presenter for Caradvice.com
Feature in V8 Extra Magazine, 3-page story
Feature in Business Chicks Latte Magazine, 3-page story
Feature in Velocity Magazine, 3-page story
Feature in Auto Action Magazine