Max the Tach V Finalist Tracy Gaudu

Tracy Gaudu

Congratulations to the Max the Tach V inTech Trailer Giveaway Top 3 Finalists.  RacingJunk reached out to each of these grassroots racers to share a little more of their stories with our readers. Voting for the inTech Trailer winner will be open until 12/16/20, so be sure to go root for your favorite.

Regular RacingJunk visitors will be familiar with Tracy Gaudu, the NASA Corvette time trial racer who also won a spot in last year’s Max the Tach IV top three. She’s also been a guest on the RacingJunk “Behind the Wheel” podcast, and on our Women in Racing roundtable. We caught up with Tracy to get an update on the past year. 

RacingJunk: You mention in your video that you’re looking to take a big step next year in your race efforts. What would that be, and what do you need to accomplish that?

Tracy Gaudu: I plan on getting my competition license in January and start racing wheel to wheel. I also would like to continue with Time Trials and move to the TTU (unlimited) class and cut weight from the car. I am going to need to modify car by putting in a window net, fire suppressant system and possibly a new race seat to get the car ready to pass tech inspection for my competition license.

RacingJunk: How have you sustained your racing this year in the face of the pandemic?

Tracy Gaudu: Due to Covid-19, there were travel restrictions placed by my employer early into the pandemic. That was lifted in June and I was able to travel again to make events. Some of the events in the schedule were cancelled as well during that time of the travel restriction so no one was competing.

RacingJunk: How has being a finalist the past few years in the inTech giveaway affected your race efforts? Has the exposure helped?

Tracy Gaudu: Being a finalist twice before has made my race team more recognizable. Voters who see me at events will come up and start conversation about the inTech sponsorship experience and get my
take on the process. The exposure of the sponsorship contest has given me additional followers on social media as the friends I have had shared posts and tried to gain more votes from people they
know who don’t know me personally. These new voters end up becoming “friends” on social media and are interested in following my racing journey long after the contest has ended.

RacingJunk: Did you take any kind of different approach this year to encourage fans to vote for you, or just holding steady and sharing your story?

Tracy Gaudu: I prepared early in 2020 for this year’s contest. With the help of Redline Ace’s Ben Porter, we came up with a team name and branded it, Team Tracy Motorsport. A logo was created and
merchandise was made and sold out! I felt like having a team name legitimized my racing and I would be taken more seriously by voters. I also had a professional drone video made while at VIR this summer to prepare for the Top 10 video (in case I made it!). The videos are important and I wanted a very professional one to present to voters. I also was involved with Megan Meyer’s Beta group learning how to obtain sponsorships and how to use social media more effectively. Her advice on how and when to post, the use of reels and stories also helped gain more followers and potential voters. I stepped up my game considerably compared to the last two attempts to win this trailer. I hope all of my hard work will pay off and they will announce my name as winner of Max the Tach V next week!

Vote for Tracy here:  https://www.intechtrailers.com/max-the-tach

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