In 2003, Lyn brought together an unprecedented gathering of women race car drivers – past, present and future—for the inaugural Women in the Winner’s Circle Celebration. Joining Lyn, the first event also featured such notable attendees as: Janet Guthrie, Danica Patrick, Shawna Robinson, and Erica Enders.
Subsequent celebrations were attended by a long list of motorsports dignitaries and VIPs all from the world’s top motorsports leagues – ARCA, IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA and USAC – including: Bobby Rahal, Eddie Cheever, IMSA’s Don Panoz, NASCAR’s Mike Helton, NHRA’s Tom Compton, Goodyear’s Leo Mehl and Stu Grant, Ford Racing’s Jamie Allison, Chevrolet Racing’s Jim Campbell and Alba Colon, IMS President Doug Boles, Chris Paulsen of C&R Racing, USAC’s Kevin Miller, IED Rollie Helmling, JMI founder Zak Brown, ISC’s Joie Chitwood and John Saunders, Pirelli Tires’ Tom Gravalos, Toyota’s Les Unger, Mazda’s John Doonan and many more…
“The advancement and promotion of women in the motorsports industry is critical,” said Lyn. “Not just as competitors – and top-level performers – but as engineers, team managers, owners and in other leadership positions. To reach this goal, there must be more support, more encouragement, more research, more development and more awareness.”
The annual event spanned a decade (2003-2012) and was held in prominent locations, including:
May 19, 2003 – Colombia Club, downtown Indianapolis, IN
May 24, 2004 – University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Student Center
August 4, 2005 – University of Indianapolis Schwitzer Student Center
August 3, 2006 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Plaza Village Pavilion
July 26, 2007 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Plaza Village Pavilion
July 24, 2008 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Plaza Village Pavilion
July 23, 2009 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway Plaza Village Pavilion
February 10, 2010 – Daytona 500 Experience
September 1, 2011 – Don Schumacher Racing (Brownsburg, IN)
December 7, 2012 – Indiana Convention Center
The events typically began with a VIP Reception featuring industry leaders, a silent auction and a Grand March showcasing the champion drivers in attendance. Please click here for a listing of annual award recipients.