Driven by women, inspired by you..
DRIVEN BY WOMEN, INSPIRED BY YOU.
Grace Autosport is more than a female forward professional race team.
We're building a future that encourages girls and young women
to pursue their dreams through careers in the fields of
science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Grace Autosport Announcement
Regarding 2016 Indy 500
Indianapolis, IN (May 18, 2016)...Grace Autosport announced today that it will not compete in this year's 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, 2016.
Over the past year the Grace Autosport team was able to assemble a manufacturer partner, sponsor partners, educational partners, funding, driver and crew members, but the missing component was a viable race car to compete in the May race, despite great interest in the program. The reality of the shortage of feasible cars is reflected in only 33 cars entered for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 this year.
"We met with many teams in the IndyCar Paddock late last season to determine partnership feasibility and discovered numerous teams had chosen to scale back their plans for 2016," said Team Principal, Beth Paretta. "We were ready to announce a team partnership for the Indy 500 at the Grand Prix of Long Beach in mid-April but a change in terms proved unsound for Grace's sponsor partners and unfortunately we had to step away from the deal."
"The consolidation of teams and the decrease of entries in 2016 reduced the available options for us. Our partner spoke with Dallara about buying a new car after Long Beach but there wasn't a current 2016 car available in time for the 500. We evaluated an available chassis as late as last week but there wasn't enough time to acquire all the parts needed to rebuild the car safely. Because of this sequence of events we will not campaign a car in this year's Indy 500."
"As I said last summer, Grace Autosport was not interested in just making the grid and running at the back. We wanted to put forth a respectable effort and we wanted to be competitive, while keeping safety at the very forefront of our program. We apologize to the many fans that have reached out to offer their support, which has been incredible. The good news is that we will not give up and are now working closely with our partners to map out Grace's future."
"The Grace Autosport initiative is far more than a race program," added Paretta. "Concurrent to building the race team, we have been assembling commercial partners and the essential pieces for our STEM educational initiatives to reach the community and the classroom that we set forth a year ago. Thank you again to the many fans for the continued notes of support and appreciation since our announcement last May. We look forward to seeing all of you at the races in the near future."
Grace means many things, this is what it means to us.
We work to create and inspire current and future racing champions, encouraging young girls and women to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
GRACEing the headlines
School of Engineering and Technology collaborates with Grace Autosport to promote women in STEM education and careers
The School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is forming a unique partnership with Grace Autosport, the first all-female IndyCar Series racing team, to promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and careers, particularly motorsports engineering.
Grace Autosport recently participated in the Society of Women Engineers WE15 Expo, the world's largest conference and career fair for women in engineering and technology in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. The event attracted a global audience of thousands of women from all stages of their engineering careers. From young college girls seeking new job opportunities to experienced professionals growing their careers, this year's "Reach Out to Reach Up" theme drew some of the brightest and most influential engineers from around the world.
If plans work out, a group called Grace Autosport will enter driver Katherine Legge and the first all-female IndyCar team in the 100th Indianapolis 500 this time next year. "The goal of this pioneering all-female racing team," the team said in its May 15 announcement, "is not only to empower women in motorsport, but to encourage a new generation of women to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology,
engineering, and math)."