Joan Newton Cuneo

Joan Newton Cuneo was the first US, female race car driver until she was banned from races. Between 1905- 1915 she was a celebrity as a daring racer willing to compete against the best. Joan raced against the fastest men -- and had beaten many of them -- and in the process had set several national speed records until1909, when AAA, the sponsor for auto racing, barred women from competing against men. 

Joan Newton Cuneo, 2014, Encaustic, paint on sheet metal with scale-model 1904 Ford Model T, 12” x 12” x 1.5,”     ©2017 Pat Benincasa   All Rights Reserved