Women in motorsports are accomplishing a lot, like racing against adults before they’re even teenagers and topping the charts in test sessions in series on the Formula One development ladder. Here are some more of the incredible things women in racing are up to lately.
British driver Flick Haigh was the only woman in the field when she drove in the first race of the British GT Championship season on April 2, but she didn’t need to be picked out of a crowd of cars—she and her co-driver were out front pretty much the entire time, from winning the pole to finishing the race first.
Women in racing do a lot of great things, and people aren’t great at recognizing them for it. From Iran’s barrier-breaking racer Laleh Seddigh teaching other women to race to Danica Patrick showing her car for her last Indianapolis 500, here are some of the incredible things women in motorsports are up to lately.
CMT is in early talks about producing a show featuring spouses in NASCAR, a source with knowledge on the potential show told Jalopnik on Monday. As the series loses its only full-time woman driver, this doesn’t look like a step forward.
When a person like former Lotus Formula One development driver Carmen Jorda talks about how women are less capable as racing drivers than men—and she does, a lot—there’s an urge to treat it as an offhand comment with no merit. That’s particularly true when the person has a history of not helping the people they’re…
One of the most prestigious auto shows in the world, the Geneva Motor Show, starts in a few days. That show will have noticeably fewer female booth models standing near cars in heels and tight clothing, according to Bloomberg. Three cheers for not using women’s physical appearance to help sell products!
Of course, 2017 wasn’t some special year for people saying dumb things about women, particularly in cars. Women have put up with this for ages, including Cosmopolitan’s car for women, and the list below doesn’t even scratch the surface.
Jalopnik must apologize for our grave error last week, in asserting grid girls are not necessary—and even, possibly, harmful!—to racing. We were so very wrong because, as we recently learned from mediocre Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg, male drivers need to see beautiful women in order to operate a car.
A few months ago, a race promoter contacted me about a new proposed series with an aggressive marketing platform, a GT spec program, and a promise that all expenses would be paid. The catch? The series was for women only, and I wouldn’t be allowed to continue to compete in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge or…
Depending on others’ opinions, Formula One’s new bosses could get rid of “grid girls”—an outdated concept in which women line a male-dominated racing grid, for few other reasons than being something to look at. It should go without saying, but having grid girls encourages objectification and gender stereotypes.
On Saturday, a nearly 12-minute video went on YouTube claiming to investigate its title: “Where are the Car Girls?” But the answer to that question couldn’t be found in the video. Instead, it was in the comments section—where a wider, more telling representation of the car industry decided to show up.
The FIA, a motorsport governing body overseeing dozens of international series like Formula One, added a women’s commission in 2009—when the association was over a century old already—to talk about “girl stuff” like, oh, equality in racing. The commission just added Carmen Jorda, who is the antithesis of that.
When you’re one of few women in an industry full of men, it’s easy to want to blend in—to not get the looks and comments that go with being the girl. But, in a world where dudes need more education on feminine health, power to NASCAR driver Julia Landauer for wanting to slap a tampon ad on the side of her race car.