BY: FRANKIE FARRELL
My name is Frances Farrell, and I go by Frankie. I first experienced a ride along with my husband (then boyfriend) Ian Farrell about 10 years ago at an SCCA autocross in his Scion tC. It was exhilarating and I was quite impressed with how different the sport was – I had never experienced anything like it. From there I attempted driving my own car a few months later in my stock 2007 Scion tC at an SCCA event. It was definitely fun, and along with Ian guiding me, I was able to demonstrate times quicker than I was expecting. I was not super competitive although definitely quicker than my husband was when he first started. Ian has mentioned that I have more natural talent for autocross than he does, and I could be faster than him if I were to compete more and take the time to learn some technique.
The last few years, I have mainly autocrossed for fun without looking to be super competitive, so I have only participated in 2-3 SCCA events per year since then. In 2014, I surprised myself by finishing second in G-Street Ladies class at the SCCA Match Tour (national tour event) at PPIR.
My main hobby and passion has been obstacle course racing. I had even qualified for the North American Spartan Race championship in 2018. However, shortly after qualifying, my health took
a turn for the worse and I had a wake-up call. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that significantly decreased my stamina and strength which has never returned back to normal. So,
luckily, moving forward I now have a new sport to look forward to and one that I can be competitive in. One that I can enjoy with my husband! I look forward to more BMW CCA autocrosses and I am excited to see how I can improve on my performance with learning a little more technique and skill.
At the Women’s autocross in September, I was driving a 2014 Ford Focus ST in the Open class with the SCCA G-Street (stock class) index. The car is mostly stock with GS class-legal modifications such as a rear sway bar, muffler delete, upgraded brake pads, lighter wheels and Bridgestone RE71R tires. Ian and I will most likely stick to this car for a while, at least until the next upgrade. We possibly have our eyes on an E92 or F80 M3 for a future competition car.