Driver Bio - Shanon "Cookie" Schwarz
My name is Shanon Schwarz - but my family calls me "Cookie" (sometime Cookie Marie and sometimes Cookie Monkey because there are very few things I love in life more than all of my stuffed monkeys)!
I first tried racing when I was 5 years old; but I wasn't very good - and not very coordinated. So mom and dad took me out of novice school and said I could come try again when they thought I was 'ready'. Mom checked around and they decided to put me in dance classes at my brother Trevor's girlfriend Lauren's work - Modern Motion. It was a lot of fun!! But soon, I learned to do things without looking at my feet. That's when mom and dad knew I was ready to come back and try again!!
So, there I was, in my novice year at 8 years old. I had a lot of fun on the track and making even more friends off the track. I still get to some of my favorite things to do at the track - like watch the younger kids while their families watch other kids race; but I get to race, too.
AND WIN!! I had NINE A main wins over three different divisions in 2017 - Junior Novice red, Novice blue and then Sr. Novice. In Senior Novice I won our family the coveted Turkey Derby Checkered flag!!!! It was our first one in ELEVEN years of racing!!
My 2020 season was not as good as my first - there was a HUGE learning curve going from novice to Sr Honda and with some new rules because of USAC25. I was slow at first and then just frustrated. As the season went on, I started to put a little more into what I was doing on the track. When we went to Florida for the Little 500 I was really starting to come along with speed (and keeping my foot off the brakes) - and then my brakes broke. And them something happened with my gears. And, this time, I was mad! I wanted to race - which made my family really proud. I can't WAIT for this year to get started!
For 2021 I am raced in two divisions - Heavy Honda and Heavy 160 (where I raced against my brother). I am worked to improve on all things every week - from putting my foot more on the gas (and less on the brake); and I really started passing all those boys (even my brother a couple of times!! ) I am the only girl in my divisions (well, except on a few occasions when 'outsiders' come to the track). One of these days, they're all going to be chasing me for the win - and we really think 2022 is going to be that year! My crew chief, and older brother, Travis worked on my cars a LOT over the off-season - some new schemes, a new car AND a new engine have all been brought in for me. I can't wait to get on track!!!!!
Outside of racing, I love to dance, play outside, help with our pets - including the crazy chicken that 'adopted' us - and play video games. I have to work hard at school work, but I do everything I am asked and I am getting better at this reading stuff. Math and science are really where it's at for me, though, and I love that part of school. I have also been in several productions at my middle school - Grease, Shrek, Frozen (where I was an Oaken) and now, in May of this year, I will be Lucy in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
I am looking forward to a good season in 2022!!