On Thursday, NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Johnny Sauter proposed to longtime girlfriend Cortney Owen. She happily accepted his proposal and the two are engaged to be married. The Wisconsin natives, who met at a motorsports charity banquet in January 2004, have been dating since 2005.
Johnny, who made his NASCAR debut in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2001, currently pilots the Haas/CNC Racing #70 Chevrolet in the Nextel Cup Series. His team currently sits in the coveted 35th owner points position.
Cortney Kathleen Owen, 28, is the girlfriend of NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Johnny Sauter. The two met in January 2004 at the Wisconsin Motorsports Charity Banquet, where Johnny was an honoree. They reconnected in 2005 when Johnny became the driver for Team Yellow Racing. As the Public Relations manager for the No. 1 Busch Series team, Cortney was responsible for Johnny's daily media activities and sponsor commitments. The couple began dating later in 2005.
Cortney is known to many reality TV fans as a contestant on TBS's 2004 reality dating series "Outback Jack," which featured twelve 'high-maintenance' women vying for the affections of Australian native Vadim Dale. Cortney was the 9th to be eliminated.
Courtney attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she became a member of Alpha Sigma, the oldest sorority on campus and in the state of Wisconsin. She was involved with a vocational industries program for Students Organized for Service and served on the Pan Hellenic Council. She also participated in a diversity study for the political science department. In 2001, she graduated with honors degrees in public relations and political science.
Fresh out of college, she took a job at GMR Marketing in New Berlin, Wis. as a marketing manager for the Miller Lite Champ Car racing program.
In October 2001, she was crowned Miss Wisconsin USA and competed in the 2002 Miss USA program. During her reign as Miss Wisconsin she made appearances throughout the state and dedicated her time to breast cancer research and awareness.
In February of 2003, she joined Slinger Speedwayas the director of public relations for the World's
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Then in 2004, she shipped out to Australia for the Outback Jack series. Upon her return she spent several months working for NBC Television before going back to her public relations roots as the publicist for Team Yellow Racing.
Cortney moved off of the Yellow Racing program in 2006 when she was offered a position with Co-Pilott Motorsports Marketing. She is currently the Public Relations Manager for Menards Racing and driver, Paul Menard.
Cortney lives in Huntersville, N.C. with her sister, Leslie, and dog Sydney. Her hobbies include travel, reading, playing tennis and walking her dog in Jetton Park. She is the daughter of Francis and Terry Owen of Muskego, Wis.
Titles/Affiliations Junior Miss Miss Wisconsin 2002 Miss Wisconsin 2001 Runner-Up and Miss Congeniality Alpha Sigma Sorority Member