Dec 12, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT
Pirelli World Challenge driver Shea Holbrook (pictured) is one of eight female drivers that will receive a grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation. The WSF’s “Women in the Winner’s Circle Project Podium Grant” is designed to support them through business challenges in their careers.
“I’m incredibly honored and thrilled to be a part of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Women in the Winners Circle Project Podium Grant,” Holbrook said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to collaborate with two foundations that are making strides in the advancement of women in motorsports is truly amazing and humbling.”
The original project was founded in 2007 by seven-time Indianapolis 500 starter and former WSF president Lyn St. James to back female drivers in multiple disciplines of racing. Besides Holbrook, the other recipients include:
- Ayla Agren, 20, Norway – Mazda Road to Indy Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
- Sabre Cook, 19, Grand Junction, Colorado – F1600 or Skip Barber Racing Series
- McKenna Haase, 16, Des Moines, Iowa – 305 Sprint Cars
- Hannah Newhouse, 16, Twin Falls, Idaho – NASCAR K&N Pro Series
- Melissa Paris, 30, Oceanside, California – AMA/Spanish National Championships (Motorcycles)
- Kristin Treager, 26, Tulsa, Oklahoma – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
- Taylor Ferns, 17, Washington Township, Michigan – USAC Silver Crown/National Midget Series
Each racer will receive $5,000 to $10,000 to help support their respective efforts in 2014 and will also have access to a network of mentors from the WSF.
Photo Credit: Pirelli World Challenge PR