Quebec native Maryeve Dufault plans on becoming the first Canadian woman to make a Nationwide Series race when she straps on her helmet at her hometown track in this weekend's NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Dufault has been entered in the No. 81 Dodge owned by Pat MacDonald, with sponsorship from the Quebec Dodge Dealers. The car, normally driven by Blake Koch, is inside the top 30 in owner's points, guaranteeing Dufault a starting spot in Saturday's race.
Dufault has one top-10 finish in 12 ARCA Series events so far in 2011. The native of Sorel started motorcross racing as a teenager, then advanced to go-karts and open-wheel cars before making the transition to stock cars in 2010, running two races in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, including a 26th-place finish at Montreal.
Now living in California, the 29-year-old Dufault does modeling and stunt work when she's not behind the wheel of a race car. Her on-screen credits include a stint as co-host for a 2006 TV series called Racin' For A Livin', which lasted one episode. She was also credited with appearing on one episode of The Price Is Right in 2001