In hindsight, perhaps we should have gone with the gentleman's rule of ladies first. Although Sabrina Blanchet is the last driver in our Behind the Goggles series, she is far from the least. As the lone female in the TLR Cup Tour series, Blanchet has proven that she has what it takes to run with the guys...and beat them.
Having earned the title of Semi Pro Champ World Champion in 2013 and 2015, the Ski-Doo pilot and her Samson Racing team have started to race in the Pro leagues, showing for competition at several TLR events last season. She has yet to qualify for the renowned W.C. but we have faith that it's just a matter of time for this 20 year old, and so should you.
How did you get started racing? I started racing with my grandfather when I was 7 years old on a Kitty Cat. We met with George Samson because he wanted a kid to race his little sled, so I continued with George and I won lots of small races so he saw that I was not so bad. After that we got into 340-380 and then 440 Sport Champ, Semi Pro Champ and now we are in Pro Champ!
How did you pick your race number: It was an original number that Samson Racing already had so I just continued with that number.
Do you ever talk to yourself while you're racing: Yes I do, when I'm getting close to somebody I say to myself "come on, come on, you can pass him."
Hobbies besides racing: In the summer I race a lightning sprint car and STR, and when I have time I do some motocross and play basketball.
Favorite racing memory: My favorite memory is when I won the world championship in Semi Pro Champ for the first time in 2013.
Worst racing memory: Two years ago in Valcourt when I crashed and broke my back, my pelvis in four places, my leg and my toe.
Ultimate racing goal: Win the world championship in Pro Champ.
Racing role model: I don't have a role model, I just try to do the best I can for myself.
Favorite track: The Eagle River Derby track because it presents lots of challenges.
Hardest driver to pass: I would say Matt Schulz because he is very steady.
Pre-race routine: I don't have a pre-race routine, I just make sure with one of my crew members that everything is ready to go.
Post-race routine: I come into the trailer, take off my helmet and the rest of my equipment and talk to my team about how the sled was performing.
If you didn't race in the winter, what would you do: I would go snowmobiling all winter and maybe play hockey on a team.
How do you stay in shape during the off-season: I am going to the gym 3-4 times a week all year-long.
Advice to anyone starting their race career: If it is something that you really, really want to do, don't stop at one thing and go ahead and do it if it is all possible.