Grace Autosport is attempting to make history this time next year. They have developed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) initiative to help progress in creating the first all-female IndyCar team. The general idea being to encourage women of a myriad of ages to apply and go forth with their dreams in the racing world.
Helmed by Beth Paretta, Marketing and Operations Director of SRT Motorsports, she plans to at least have a hybrid with primarily female members of the team at the start of the 2016 season. The initiative is another great example of showcasing career options for young women who might not know these opportunities exist for them. It will not only pique their interest in becoming drivers, but offer other areas of expertise as well to not limit their options.
After receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to this program Paretta needed to find a driver who could really speak to a generation. She found that talent in Katherine Legge, a current Formula E driver, as she is also the STEM ambassador of the Girl Scouts. Through mutual friends, Beth reached out to Katherine, who was absolutely on board with driving for Grace Autosports. What started out as a small idea, turned into a larger and more focused goal for this team, in their pursuit for a woman’s face on the Borg-Warner Trophy by 2026.
Out of all the initiatives and programs in racing, this one has interested me the most simply because of its tenacity and probability of becoming a reality. The team has excellent principals, sponsors, and other key personnel which will make their road to success a little smoother. If you’re interested in the initiative, you can follow Grace Motorsports on Twitter. And as far as their long-term gals for the program, Paretta is wanting to fund not only for the Indy 500, but for an entire Indy series with Katherine Legge. I certainly hope this becomes a reality.