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WHAT MOTIVATES YOU? – By Amber Balcaen

January 5, 2016

What motivates ME?
1) My need for SPEED and competitiveness, my love for adrenaline, my passion for the sport of racing, and the addiction of being in a race car – having my hands behind a wheel with pedals under my feet.
2) The DESIRE to be SUCCESSFUL for not only myself, but others as well. To life the life I dream of. The feeling of accomplishment when completing the goals that I have set out to reach while helping other’s reach their goals as well.
3) My FANS motivate me, I need to show them that it IS possible to do whatever you put your mind to and it IS possible to be whoever you want to be as long as you are willing to put in the work and do the work.
4) The need to be a POSITIVE role model and influencer, to be a MOTIVATOR and to help others reach their full potential.
So why the big dream of NASCAR? NASCAR is the perfect platform for me to be able to achieve all of these things… and theses are the things that motivate me to reach MY full potential.

Follow Amber on Periscope: @amberbalcaen10

October 7, 2015

Make sure you are all following me on Periscope!! @amberbalcaen10
WHAT is Periscope?
Periscope is a live video streaming platform where you can comment/ask questions while your listening/watching me on live video.
WHY follow ME?
Think of it as a live video blog where you can ask me any question you want! Get to know me more personally outside of these few Facebook posts… Get to experience races / practices / road trips with me…
Starting this month I am going to be posting more frequent “scopes” to let you all get to know me on a more personal level. Yes I will periscope at racetracks with race cars and racing related things! But I also want to post some more personal stuff regarding my currents struggles and successes, and how they can MOTIVATE YOU to be better, and help you have a more positive outlook on your life and your goals.
So you if you don’t have periscope, make sure you download it and FOLLOW ME: @amberbalcaen10

Asphalt Late Model Testing a Success

August 27, 2015

Amber’s Asphalt Latemodel Testing with CM Driver Development
Amber tested asphalt late model this past tuesday and wednesday in Anderson, South Carolina with CM Driver Development. Amber adjusted to the heavier stock car and improved lap times as the day went on.  Amber Balcaen Racing’s Facebook status read, “Thank you so much to  CM Driver Development for everything you guys did for me the past two days to help develop my asphalt skills. I learnt so much and was happy with the progress I made! Excited for what is to come!”.
CM Driver Development commented, “This chick is not just another pretty face at the track she can wheel a race car!  CM Driver Development was very impressed with her driving and her ability to adapt to asphalt late model cars! She was running very impressive lap times and had great car control! We wish her luck out west next week and in her future racing career!”.
Amber plans to race the CM Driver Development asphalt late model in a few of the NASCAR Whelen All-American series races this September. Sponsorship is still needed for these races. For sponsorship inquiries please email amber at [email protected]
Amber’s next venture is out west in Roseville, CA as she will complete at All American Speedway for the Bill McAnally Racing Combine, in a NASCAR K&N car.

Amber Ready To Race ARCA In 2015

January 2, 2015

After a successful crowdfunding campaign, Amber made laps around Daytona International Speedway in an ARCA car on December 19th and 20th of 2014. Amber was approved by ARCA and received her ARCA license. She also had the fastest lap time out of all 5 drivers that tested the same ARCA car as her, with the least amount of asphalt experience.
Amber is now actively seeking sponsorship for the 2015 ARCA season. If interested, please send her an email at [email protected]

McQueen Racing Announces All-Female Three-Car Team for 2015 Chili Bowl

September 11, 2014

By Robert Haugh
McQueen Racing will be returning to a three-car, all-female team for the 29th Annual Chili Bowl Midget Nationals held January 12 through 17, 2015 at the Tulsa Exposition Center’s QuikTrip Center in Oklahoma.
“I am very excited to announce that McQueen Racing will once again be fielding a three car team for the 2015 Chili Bowl Midget Nationals. I am also very pleased that this years team will be an all female driver team.  As team owner I like to give female drivers the opportunity that I had to work so hard to achieve.  When I retire as a driver I would like to think that I will still own a race team and would like to give a talented female driver the opportunity.”
McQueen Racing returns to a three-car team after fielding a two-car team in the 28th Annual Chili Bowl earlier this year.  Joining the McQueen racing stable will be team owner Shannon McQueen, Oklahoma’s Michelle Decker and 22-year-old Canadian racer, Amber Balcaen. 
Balcaen ( of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is a third generation racer that has been racing for over 10 years, earning several wins in Go-Karts, Lightning Sprints (Mini Sprints) and claimed a championship as well. The 2014 season marks her maiden year in the Apex SpeedSports Eagle/Mopar Winged 410 Sprint Car. She’s currently campaigning the Sprint Car in the Midwestern U.S. The Chili bowl will be her first-ever non-wing event and first career Midget start.
“Racing is in my blood. I’ve been at the track since before I was born and it will always be my greatest passion,” says Balcaen.
Decker, a veteran Sprint Car pilot from Guthrie, Oklahoma currently sits 3rd in the Powri West Midget Series points standings.  Additionally, Decker was third in the ASCS Sooner Region points in 2011 and was the 2008 Sprint Car champion at Oklahoma’s State Fair Speedway. Decker was also the 2005 Super Sprint Winter Nationals champion at State Fair Speedway. 
McQueen became the first woman to win a BCRA Midget championship in 2011 when she claimed the BCRA Dirt Midget crown, additionally, McQueen is the first and only female driver to earn a USAC Western State Championship when she claimed the 2012 USAC-Western States Midget championship, amassing four Heat race wins, nine Top 5 runs, three fast time awards and 13 Top 10s in 2012. McQueen also holds track records at Silver Dollar Speedway and Orange Show Speedway.
McQueen is also the first female owner to boast a win with a female driver when Decker claimed a USAC Western States Midget Feature in April 2012 at McQueen’s home track of Bakersfield Speedway at the helm of one of McQueen’s potent Spike/Esslinger entries.
McQueen Racing would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors: Lucas Oil Products, Simpson Race Products, Eibach Springs, DMI, Rod End Supply, K&N Filters, Advanced Racing Suspensions, MPD, Ruth Engineering, Jet-Hot Performance Coatings, Butler Built Seating Systems, Schoenfeld Headers, American Fabrication, West Evans Motorsports and Esslinger Racing Engines by Duane McQueen.
Visit for more information on McQueen Racing.
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