Shift Up’s Racing Teams include both professional and amateur drivers. Contact us if you’d like to join a team.
Lynn Schultz Kehoe
Founder and CEO, Racer and Instructor
Lynn Schultz Kehoe – Founder and CEO, Racer and Instructor
Lynn Schultz Kehoe founded Shift Up Now in 2016 after being bit by the racing bug. She started racing in 2015 after spending 3 years moving up the ranks in High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) programs. She attended her first “track day” through a charity auction win and was hooked. Lynn earned her first competition license through the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA), had a Time Trial license with National Auto Sports Association (NASA), and ice raced with the Adirondack Motor Enthusiast Club AMEC). She now holds several club racing licenses. Lynn also trained at LeMans, France, attending a Porsche Driving School Stage GT3 RS.
Lynn started Shift Up Now and serves as its CEO. As one of the few female racers, she recognized many similarities between her professional career (in mostly male dominated fields) and her newfound hobby of auto racing. Her goal for Shift Up Now: use motorsports to show girls and women how to develop courage and confidence so they will succeed in achieving their own personal and professional goals. Lynn manages Shift Up Now drivers for speaking engagements to girls and women’s groups about how their racing experiences boost their own paths in life, conducting auto-related hands on seminars and open enrollment and client specific leadership training on and off the race track.
Before ever even considering motorsports, Lynn had a successful career spanning three decades in financial services, real estate investing, business development and consulting.
Throughout her career, Lynn has been active in leading training seminars and speaking at industry conferences and events. She has been a mentor to numerous co-workers.
Lynn has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics from The American University.
She currently serves as Chair on the Board of Trustees for Stoneleigh-Burnham School, a girl’s private college preparatory school. She has served on the Advisory Board of the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging, and the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women ( Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee). Lynn participates in various philanthropic and charitable organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.
Executive Director, Racer, Instructor
Karen Salvaggio – Executive Director, Racer, Instructor
Karen began her racing career in 1985 at NASCAR dirt track events in California. She then moved to road racing with the Vintage Auto Racing Association (VARA), eventually competing in the Women’s Global GT with the American LeMans Series. Karen has secured more than 200 first place finishes in driving competitions, including Top Eliminator at the Pomona Drags 1999, 2009 and 2010 West Coast Challenge Series Championships, 2011 Western Endurance Racing Championship, and 2016 Northwest Vintage Racing Champion. She is a 4-time National Council of Corvette Club Champion, 4-time West Coast/So Cal Champion, and was named NASA Instructor Driver of the Year. Karen has competed nine times at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, most recently placing 2nd in Class at the 2018 race with the Shift Up Now team’s BMW Spec E30.
Karen served nine years in the U.S. Air Force as an aircraft mechanic, working on B-52’s and KC-135 aircraft. In 1985, she left the military to pursue a career in education earning a Doctorate in organizational leadership, a Master’s Degree in education, and a Bachelor’s Degree in social science. She served 23 years as a teacher, principal, director of special education, and retired in the role of superintendent of schools.
Karen is an active member of SEMA, serving as a Select Committee member on the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN). She was featured on the PowerBlock Detroit Muscle television show as team lead for an all-girl build of a 427 Cobra Roadster. Karen also was Technical Lead for Project Valkyrie, an all-women’s build of a 1969 American Motors AMX, and has been featured on Velocity Channel’s All Girls Garage. She is a personal coach and a driving instructor with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and the Track Guys organization, builds Factory Five Racing Coupes, and continues to develop Thunder Valley Racing as the premier source of racing equipment and support for women racers.
Racer, Chief Driving Instructor and Coach
Amy Dilks – Racer, Chief Driving Instructor and Coach
Amy grew up with a love for cars at a young age, in high school she discovered the sport of Rally watching the World Rally Championship on TV, and became a diehard Subaru fan. She learned about High Performance Driving Education (HPDE) at the repair shop where she took a newly acquired used Subaru STi (her dream car) , after discovering that the previous owner hadn’t had proper maintenance done, and the engine and turbo failed. A lifelong adrenaline junkie, Amy was hooked on HPDE after her first event in April 2010. She worked her way up the HPDE ladder and eventually tested for and earned her competition license in April 2013 with the National Auto Sports Association (NASA). Amy qualified in “pole position” (first place) in her first race.
Unfortunately, after leading the race from the start, a slight error resulted in a race ending crash. Undaunted, Amy towed her car home and set to re-building it. She returned to competition only 2 months later and continued that momentum to claim both the race and Time Trial Championships in her rookie year. Since then, Amy has expanded her racing resume to include Autocross, Rallycross, Karting, Endurance Racing, and Sprint Racing with in many different motorsports organizations.
Amy’s holds racing licenses from 6 organizations including an International Racing License issued through the FIA (Federation Internationale de L’Automobile). Her racing track record includes numerous sprint and endurance races and is highlighted by almost as many spots on the podium. Among her impressive finishes are: National Championship in 2017 with Sports Car Club of America, first place finishes in endurance races with American Endurance Racing and PBOC Night Endurance Race (with the Shift Up team), and multiple first place finishes in sprint races and time trial throughout her racing career.
Amy serves as the Chief Driving Instructor for Shift Up where she is responsible for organizing all of the company’s driving and car related experiences. She also screens driving instructors to assure Shift Up drivers have the best possible learning experience. When off-track, Amy is a clinical trial coordinator and she is completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing through SUNY New Paltz. She has an Associate’s degree in Science from SUNY Dutchess.
Kristina Esposito – Racer
Kristina displayed her passion for speed at a very early age. At 2 years old, she enjoyed riding the kiddie coasters at children’s parks so much so, that it was very difficult to separate Kristina from these rides. When she started school, Kristina enrolled in various activities with her classmates (dance, music, etc.). None equated to her passion for speed.
At 7 years old, Kristina rode an indoor go-kart for the first time. She was hooked! Kristina took go-karting race lessons with Stevan McAleer, IMSA Continental Tire Series Champion (among numerous other championships). After multiple in-door league wins, Kristina followed Steven to out-door go-karting, and continued to podium there.
At 14, she enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School and received her SCCA license at 15. Kristina had a very busy first year racing cars! She started working part-time at Grand Prix New York (GPNY), her indoor go-karting alma mater. Kristina enjoys working with the young children at GPNY, providing coaching and safety tips.
Kristina joined the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Drivers Club. She bought (with a little help from her parents) her own Mazda Miata ITA class race car, the #111. She participated in a number of SCCA and NASA events, with coaching by Jay Menzo of NJBentWheel. Kristina came in a surprising 4th place in her first two SCCA races. She soon won 1st place in her class in an SCCA Regional Race in September. She then won 1st place in her class in a solo 6-hr. leg of an endurance race, the SCCA’s Devil in the Dark, held in October.
Kristina is a proponent for “stopbullying.gov” The logo is on her race car #111. It’s sad that in this day in age, we are still fighting bullying in schools. Her little brother was a victim several times and it became an important mission to bring awareness to this continuing issue.
In addition to her passion for speed, Kristina is an Honor Student at her High School. She is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Today at 16, Kristina is very much excited to team up with other talented and experienced, female race car drivers. Shift Up Now has given her an incredible opportunity, for which she is extremely grateful. Words cannot describe how lucky she feels. It’s GO time!
Professional Racer and Coach
Shea Holbrook – Professional Racer and Coach
A competitor her whole life, Shea grew up a nationally ranked competitive water skier. The only daughter to Jeff and Erin, the Holbrook’s lived, played and trained together. Her father, a US Navy veteran instilled focus, work-ethic and resilience in Shea. Her largest supporter, mom, taught Shea to dream it, believe it and achieve it. At a young determined age, Shea saw much success on the water and had the opportunity to enjoy learning how to fly her dad’s plane. An adrenaline seeker, Shea wasn’t quite satisfied until she was introduced in motor racing.
At the age of sixteen she rode shotgun in a Richard Petty Experience at Daytona International Speedway. From that day forward she knew she wanted to pursue a career in motorsports. With zero prior industry knowledge nor the mechanics or engineering of the sport Shea’s learning curve was steep.
It was then she decided to live by her own quote, “Fear is a state of mind, Will is an action taken.” Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
A sport that takes strength, adrenaline, speed and risk-taking also demands respect, knowledge and understanding. After 10 years of impressive on track racing accomplishments, Shea Holbrook has become a nationally recognized racecar driver. Her diverse racing experience ranges from SCCA Club Racing, NASCAR Late Models, INDYCAR’s Developmental Ladder Series Skip Barber Racing, to professional Sports Car racing in the Pirelli World Challenge and most recently, the IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.
Professional Racer and Coach
Pippa Mann – Professional Racer and Coach
Pippa started racing in karts in her homeland of England at 13 years-old, and spent the next 7 years moving up through the ranks to compete in the Karting World Championships at age 20. She became the first British female racer to win an international Formula A kart race, and is one of only a handful of women world-wide to win a karting event at this level.
In her early twenties Pippa moved into open wheel racing in Europe, and climbed the European ladder to race in the World Series by Renault championship where she became the category’s first ever female points finisher, and the first ever female racer to start from pole position at one of their events. She then moved to the USA in 2009 to compete in Indy Lights where she became one of two female race winners in Indy Lights history, and went on to finish in the top 5 of the championship in 2010.
Pippa made her IndyCar debut in 2011 at the Indianapolis 500, becoming the only one-off rookie attempting their first IndyCar race to qualify for the race that year, and the first British female to make the race. She now has six career Indianapolis 500 starts, with a best finish of 17th place achieved in 2017. Pippa holds the record as the unofficial fastest female racer ever at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a 230mph average lap set on Fast Friday of 2017.
Pippa has also raced in select Lamborghini Super Trofeo events, and currently has 4 podium finishes to her name from 5 race weekends.
Outside of racing Pippa is an experience high performance driving instructor who works for several halo brands, and also works as a private coach for racers wishing to improve their skills. She helped found a program with the Lucas Oil School of Racing to create more opportunities for the next generation of female racers, and she has a strong drive to help other women, and young girls, believe in themselves and follow their dreams.
Mandy McGee – Racer
Mandy McGee, a Duluth MN native, didn’t discover her true passion for the race track until her 30s when she attended her first NASA DE event as a novice student. Since that spring weekend in 2010, it’s been full speed ahead. After working her way up thru the run group ranks to the Advanced level, the natural progression from there was to take her turn at educating and encouraging others thru instructing. After receiving her HPDE Instructor Certification from BMW Car Club of America in 2013 she served as an instructor at various BMW DE Club events, as well as Acura NSX and NASA events. Also, in 2013, she stepped even further out of her comfort zone and registered for her very first 8-hour Endurance Race at Brainerd International Raceway. The level of competition and team event atmosphere were a natural fit and she was immediately hooked. In 2016 she received her NASA Competition License and has since raced with NASA, World Race League, Champ Car and Lucky Dog League at many major race tracks including: Watkins Glen International, Road America, Sebring International Raceway, Circuit of the Americas and Daytona International Raceway.
Sarah Montgomery – Professional Racer
Born and raised in Lafayette, LA, Sarah grew up with a zest for life in the heart of Cajun Country. At the very young age of 10 years old, Sarah and her family attended an Indycar event in Dallas, TX. As Sarah states, “The smell of the fuel and burning rubber, the speed and excitement, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I was hooked.” Excitement turned to an obsession and a dream that has never faltered. Shortly after the event, Sarah began pushing to race dirt oval go karts. Persistence paid off and wanting to use her own money for the first time, the parents relented.
After a few seasons racing on dirt, Sarah won three championships throughout the southern United States. She knew she wanted to continue her dream of racing and found a way to begin competing in Spec Miata before she even had her drivers license.
After a few years in Spec Miata, the opportunity arose for her to make her debut into professional racing in the Battery Tender Mazda MX5 Cup Series in 2014. Her rookie year, she was the highest finishing female and top ten in points. She continued competing in the series through 2016 and joined Pirelli World Challenge in 2017 with Shea Racing. Sarah continues to compete on a professional level when funding is available.
When Sarah is not racing, she is a high performance driving instructor at Porsche Experience Center as well as coaching private clients. She enjoys teaching others about her passion and also helping young women believe in their dreams.
Laura Patton Parkhurst
Racer and Instructor
Laura Patton Parkhurst – Racer and Instructor
Laura began her driving career in 2003 after taking a defensive driving class followed by an autocross. That was all she needed to get hooked. She continued through HPDE, additional autocross and within two years became a certified instructor and after one more year earned her competition license.
Since then Laura has stood on the podium countless times having won or placed in races with the National Sports Association (NASA)
and VDCA (Vintage Drivers Club of America) and BMWCCA. She also currently serves as co-chief instructor with NASA-SE, a position she has filled for the past 10 years.
While she calls Road Atlanta her “home track, Laura has logged thousands of miles on race tracks throughout the country. When not ripping it up on the race track, Laura works as a Business Intelligence Lead within North/South Carolina and Carolinas Healthcare System. She says she’s “a big data nerd who runs reports and special projects related to data and statistics for outpatient healthcare locations”. And to serve her artistic side, Laura started and operates a photography business, EllCie Photography.
Sarah Robinson – Racer
Sarah knew long ago that she wanted to build her career in the racing and performance driving industry. It seemed so clear and obvious to her, she is perhaps the only one who didn’t think it was a ‘big deal’ to be the first female subjective test driver at Michelin NA, testing street tires and race tires before they ever went to market. This bred the skill set to extract the best lap times from a huge range of vehicles, and the distinctive ability of being able to test a Porsche 911 on a race track one day, and drift a Freightliner on a half mile skidpad the next.
When she is off the clock, she is competing with her E36 M3 in National Auto Sports Association (NASA) Time Trials, winning the regional championship with in her first year, and doing in car instruction for various manufacturers and car clubs.
After her stint as a test driver at Michelin, she has come full circle to become the North American Motorsport Marketing Manager for Michelin, where she gets to work with race teams and manufacturers from a unique driver’s perspective.
Krista Peden Williams
Krista Peden Williams – Racer
Krista won her very first HPDE, taking the checkered flag in the green run group. While others were confused when she pulled into the winner’s circle and executed smoky burnout donuts, she knew her track future was off to a bright start. Krista’s (now) husband gave her a certificate for the week-long Panoz Racing School at Road Atlanta in 2002. He calls this gift the most expensive present on earth, and is still paying for it today. At the end of that week, she had her SCCA race license and progressed through tracking her Acura NSX, Porsche 911, BMW E30 and M3.
While it took a few years of HPDE driving and instructing with PCA, BMWCCA, NASA, THSCC and several other clubs, running in time trials and all other manner of seat time, she eventually moved into wheel-to-wheel racing.
Krista currently drives with the BMWCCA, piloting the FTW Racing #611 IP BMW M3. Krista also wrenches on her own car, doing pretty much anything except motor rebuilds (that’s next).
For her career, Krista is a technology professional, manager and strategist supporting multiple client’s ERP systems. She also enjoys a good bottle of wine and fine meals.