Dominique Van Wieringen
Dominique Van Wieringen began her racing career in motocross at age five and transitioned to race cars at age 11 where she competed with the World Karting Association for five years.
In 2011, she graduated to full-size stock cars and competed in the Outlaw Super Late Model Division at Spartan Speedway in Mason, Mich., where she picked up her first career Late Model feature win and earned Rookie of the Year and Most Improved Driver honors, while ranking fifth in points at season’s end.
2012 brought new challenges and a new racing venue.
Van Wieringen competed at Springport (Mich.) Speedway where she captured the Outlaw Super Late Model Championship putting her in the record books as the first female to win that series championship in Michigan.
While testing the waters in various open wheel modified events that season as well, she turned her focus back to Super Late Models as the best path to her goal of competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
In 2013, Dominique hit the road with the JEGS / CRA All-Stars Tour where, once again, she achieved record-setting success. By winning the event at Lucas Oil Raceway Park in Clermont, IN on September 22, she became the first female to win an All-Stars Tour event and only the third female to win a CRA-sanctioned event.
Competing for her family-owned team throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Dominique made a pivotal career move joining the NEMCO Motorsports Late Model division near the end of the 2014 season. She competed in her first event for her new team at the Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla, where she fought through overwhelming obstacles, including two restarts from the rear of the field to finish a very respectable 14th.
Joining the team at NEMCO gave Van Wieringen the opportunity to become integrated into a program that is designed to combine the best equipment with a strategically developed schedule, thus allowing her to maximize her potential in a highly competitive arena.
For 2016, she made a move and joined Rette Jones Racing for the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season.
As a rookie, she became the third female from Canada to compete in the series before setting new series’ records. In her K&N Pro Series East debut, the driver of the No. 30 Durobyte Ford Fusion third before earning a top-10 finish in the race.
In addition to becoming the first female competitor to score three consecutive top-five finishes in K&N Pro Series East history in the final three events of the season, she also become the highest leading female in the series with 140 laps led in three races and the most laps led in any single event with a whopping 88 laps led at Stafford Motor Speedway in June.
She finished ninth in the overall championship standings, moving up four positions over the final four races.
With her stout third place finish in the season finale at Dover, the K&N Pro Series East rookie ended the year with three top-fives and five top-10 finishes, including her career-best third at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in September and at Dover. Additionally, she started inside the top-10 for 10 of the 14 races, earning a best start of second three-times (Mobile, Bristol and Columbus).
Beyond her rookie season in the developmental touring series, she also made her national series debut when she took the green flag in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix (Ariz.) International Raceway in Nov. 2016.
Van Wieringen will return to Rette Jones Racing for the full 2017 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule as a teammate to Tyler Dippel.
A native of Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada, Dominique now calls Charlotte, NC home as she is currently working toward a Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte as a senior. She is also earning a minor in Motorsports Engineering at UNCC.
Realizing that having a solid understanding of the mechanics of racing is as important as how you develop behind the wheel, Van Wieringen’s work ethic shows through every day as she manages her time between studies, working at the race shop and actual time in the race car.
Van Wieringen brings the complete package of education, talent and dedication and is poised to emerge a pioneer in a new generation of racers.
Other accomplishments include being the first rookie to win a JEGS / CRA All-Stars Series points race, 2008 WKA Regional Karting Series Junior Driver of the Year and 2007 ELKT Rotax Junior Series Karting champion.