All female team launches for 2016 Indy 500

Beth Paretta, formerly the motorsports director for Dodge, announced the formation of Grace Autosport, a team with an all female staff, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.

The team has a goal of competing in the 100th Indianapolis 500 next season with veteran driver Katherine Legge behind the wheel. The team also is taking part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)  initiative to get more women involved in racing.

“For us, true success will be measured by how many girls and women we can encourage to pursue a STEM career,” said Paretta. “Having said that, we are here to win and our goal is within 10 years to make sure a woman’s face will grace the BorgWarner trophy.”

Under Paretta’s leadership, Dodge scored the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship with driver Brad Keselowski and claimed the GTLM Manufacturers title in the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The team has also named aerdynamicist Catherine Crawford and engineers Lauren Elkins and Jessica Rowe who all bring a wealth of experience to the table.

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Josh Farmer joined the media center in 2012 after first discovering his love of IndyCar racing in 2004 at Auto Club Speedway. He has been an accredited member of the IndyCar media center since 2014 and also contributes to IndyCar.com along with The Motorsports Tribune.

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