Where Are the Women?

Where Are the Women?

After my race last weekend with Sick Sideways in the Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Series, I began to think about women in motorsports. Why aren’t there more women in the series racing with me?  I had a frustrating qualifying session at Mid-Ohio that weekend. Unfortunate luck had me starting in seventh, but that never discouraged me from getting my butt into gear and driving it to fourth in the races. As I sat, strapped into my racecar on grid, waiting for race one, it hit me that I had been having “guy talk” all weekend because I’m the only female in the paddock/on my race team/in the series, etc.! Why?! My race team, Sick Sideways, and I were extremely lucky to have Loni Unser join us for two races this year. Although she wasn’t racing with us for rounds 5&6, she was still at the track being the best “track mom” any team could ask for. This past weekend, she was not able to make it and it was a noticeable difference not having another female around. This brings me back to my original point, where are the women? This past year, I have been fortunate enough to work with a program called Shift Up Now whose main goal is to inspire female racers with confidence and courage to believe in themselves and their motorsports career. I realize there are more females slowly trickling into the motorsports world, but they are seriously missing out on the most exciting, talent-driven series there is.  As no female has ever been on the podium of a MX-5 Cup race, I...