IndyCar: DHL and Club Athena to promote women in STEM at IMS

‘Girls At Track’ initiative will provide access to Andretti Autosport for girls aged 11 to 18.

DHL and Club Athena will collaborate for the ‘Girls At Track’ initiative at IndyCar’s upcoming race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

Confirmed:

  • Behind-the-scenes access to Andretti Autosport for girls aged 11 to 18 interested in a STEM career
  • Participants will meet Indy NXT driver Jamie Chadwick
  • Club Athena members will also find out about roles at DHL Express

Context: These types of STEM programmes are becoming more prominent across motorsport, as the industry looks to become more open and diverse. For example, McLaren Racing announced an all-female STEM programme called 60 Scholars, while Haas is working with the American International School of Jeddah (AISJ) to address barriers to entry from education into the workplace.

Comment: Loxley Browne, chief executive of ClubAthena.org, told Motorsport.com: “Our STREAM club provides girls ages 11 to 18 with the chance to explore and discover new career paths. Imagine realising how your love of inventing, researching, drawing, or organising can lead to a job with an innovative race team like Andretti Autosport, as a team member trackside working on the car, creating the graphics and branding that promotes the team, or supporting the team’s business pursuits.”

Coming next: The IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes place on 12th August, with applications for this joint initiative closing on 30th July.

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