On Friday, August 6, 2021, The Women with Drive Summit - in partnership with the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix - convened under panel moderator Lyn St. James.
Powered by GSEvents, the inaugural event brought together some of the most influential people in motorsports to discuss the countless initiatives underway to empower women to the highest levels of professional motorsport.
Please take a moment to watch the panel videos below: Drive into the Future and Drive to Diversity.
Drive into the Future - Presented by Circle 45 Logistics
This panel explored the opportunities to encourage and engage the next generation of women to believe they can follow their dream of pursuing a career in motorsports. Starting in middle schools through STEM education and sports, US Legends INEX, karting, Road to Indy, and then the crown jewel, the Indy 500.
Dr. Kim Clay, Founder
Play Like a Girl
Sabre Cook, Racecar Driver
W Series and Road to Indy Racer
Jessica Fickenscher, CXO
Speedway Motorsports Inc.
Sarah Fisher O'Gara, INDYCAR Legend
Entrepreneur & Karting Executive
Drive to Diversity - Presented by MoneyLion
Motorsports has traditionally been a white male-dominated sport. This panel informed and celebrated the success stories of diverse programs for people of color, and women. The panelists answered the question of what more can be done to change the future of motorsports with diverse populations for racers, industry professionals, and most importantly, the fans.
Anscia Brown, Social Media Manager
Jimmie McMillian, Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Corporate Counsel
Beth Paretta, Team Owner
Paretta Auto Sports
Rod Reid, Team Principal
Myles Rowe, Driver