As Molly Helmuth accelerates through the current stock car season, she’ll be driving with WGU Washington by her side. A Seattle native and rising star in the racing community, Molly has teamed with the online university to encourage more Washingtonians to pursue their dreams of a college education. Additionally, the WGU logo will feature prominently down the side of the fire suit Molly wears behind the wheel.
Fueling the partnership is Molly’s experience as a WGU Washington student. She graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management. Molly says she repeatedly applies what she learned in that program as she revs up her personal brand as a professional racecar driver.
“WGU Washington was the perfect route for me to earn my degree,” said Molly. “Though it was challenging, the university’s model allowed me to fast-track toward graduation while remaining focused on my racing career.”
Molly is a three-time recipient of Evergreen Speedway’s Most Popular Driver award and is currently a finalist of the Kulwicki Driver Development Program — a program created to help promising athletes develop and succeed in the top levels of the sport. In 2017, she enjoyed one her most successful seasons behind the wheel, winning her second, career Trophy Dash and registering eight top ten finishes and one top five finish.
Her goals include competing in a NASCAR Camping World Truck race by the end of 2018 and advancing further in the NASCAR circuit (Camping World Truck, XFINITY, or Monster Energy Cup Series) in the next two years. A believer in the importance and power of education, Molly earned an associate degree from Shoreline Community College before enrolling with WGU Washington.
“Molly is an excellent example of our university’s dynamic students and alumni,” said Dr. Tonya Drake, Chancellor of WGU Washington. “She’s an ambitious self-starter with big goals — and, as a WGU Washington student, she approached her studies with the same intensity she demonstrates on the track. We’re thrilled to support Molly… and, in turn, help show our state how amazing our students and graduates are.”
Molly will compete several times at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe this summer, as well as in races across the nation.