Like most small town people, Ashton enjoys being with her family, her friends, and her dogs and cat. But she caught the need for speed at 16 years old and hasn't looked back since. Starting at the Bondurant Racing School, moving to Spec Miata and then into professional racing with the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series, Ashton is making her mark one weekend at a time. Fans can join her on the journey through the documentary "The Road To 24".
Starting at the tender age of 16, Ashton learned how to drive a manual on a 90's Corvette. She had her dad by her side to teach her the basics. Not surprisingly, it didn't take long before she was bringing home the speeding tickets! In fact, it got to the point that they hired a lawyer just so Ashton could keep her license!
Very shortly after, Ashton found herself at the Bondurant Racing School. She completed the Teen Driving Course, Z06 Course, Grand Prix Course and the Advanced Road Racing Course. On the plane ride back home, she told her dad, "This is what I want to do." And just like that, they started with Chin Track Days at Road Atlanta in a 2002 C5 Z06!
Ashton very quickly moved into a 1990 1.6L Spec Miata and started to race in the South East Division with NASA and SCCA. Right from the start, Ashton became faster and faster each weekend, earning her top finishes in the 1.6L run group. Tom Long, Mazda Factory Prototype Driver, began to work with Ashton in 2014, helping her find the fast way around every track by reviewing video and data.
The next step was moving into a 2002 1.8L Spec Miata built and supported by Racing Analytics. Ashton rejoined the South East Division with NASA and SCCA, but she was now running up front and chasing down the leaders. Alongside other Racing Analytics drivers, the team brought home several Top 5 and Top 10 finishes.
In 2016, Ashton joined the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series, moving up from her club racing start into the pro ranks. Ashton joined the professional racing series with the support from her dad, Racing Analytics and Tom Long. To make it even more exciting, they ensured everyone could spot Ashton on track by painting her roll cage a very bright and colorful hot pink.
That first year in the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series was a challenge for Ashton and her team as she adjusted to both a new car and a professional racing atmosphere. Ashton and her team pulled together and earned themselves a Top 25 finish in points that year and became 1 of 3 cars to finish every single race in the 2016 MX-5 Cup season.
For 2017, Ashton and her team ran two red Global Mazda MX-5 Cup cars with pink roll cages.
Ending the 2017 Global MX-5 Season with a P12 in points out of 39 competitors. The GB Racing - Racing Analytics team pulled off their best finish ever.
For 2018, Ashton joined Sick Sideways. The most winning team in Mazda MX-5 Cup history. This was the most successful season for Ashton. She only finished 15th in points but had more Top 8 finishes and once again finished every lap of every race with the exception of Race 1 at Portland International Raceway, where another competitor took her out at the start. That one race kept her out of the Top 8 in points.
If Ashton would have finished 8th in points, she would have been the highest finishing female in MX-5 Cup history.