Driver Amber Balcaen hopes to land ride in NASCAR

Amber Balcaen, a Canadian race car driver is in NC on an athlete visa but struggling to make it as a professional driver here. She's hoping that landing a supporting role on CMT's "Racing Wives" -- will help get the attention of potential sponsors.
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Amber Balcaen, a Canadian race car driver is in NC on an athlete visa but struggling to make it as a professional driver here. She's hoping that landing a supporting role on CMT's "Racing Wives" -- will help get the attention of potential sponsors.

Théoden Janes has spent 12 years covering entertainment and pop culture for the Observer. He also thrives on telling emotive long-form stories about extraordinary Charlotteans and — as a veteran of 20-plus marathons and two Ironman triathlons — occasionally writes about endurance and other sports.