Fuel the Female Makes Trackside Debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Indianapolis, IN - May 14, 2018

Fuel the Female takes the green flag as the Month of May in Indianapolis gets underway for the 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Penngrade Motor Oil. Fuel the Female Founder, Katie Hargitt, saw a need for more female representation in the sport of racing and a need for more resources for young women aspiring to come into racing, regardless if they’re aspiring for a career in STEM or business. She wants to give young women an opportunity to experience the various jobs that can be found within racing, identify mentors and envision themselves in a career while also drawing in more fans to a demographic that is currently underserved, women represent roughly 35% of racing fans.

“I’ve had so many strong, female mentors throughout my motorsports career. I’ve always told myself I would give back when the time was right. I woke up in the middle of the night last winter, and I knew it was time. I started reaching out to some of the incredible women I’d met along the way and together we built this dream into reality. I hope Fuel the Female empowers women of all ages to chase the dream together as we support each other's goals” says Hargitt. 

The organization will be hosting over 50 female teens from local Indianapolis Public Schools at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week for the inaugural Fuel the Female Day.  Attendees will be meeting with female racing professionals including: driver Danica Patrick, team engineers and mechanics, an engineer and motorsports director from Firestone Racing, as well as Verizon IndyCar Series marketing and public relations managers during their tour of the track. Hargitt plans to expand these offerings to other communities on the IndyCar schedule in the future and hopes to provide scholarships for those planning to obtain their degrees with a racing concentration. 

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About ‘Fuel the Female’ Founder, Katie Hargitt

Hargitt currently serves as an NBC Sports IndyCar Pit Reporter, but comes from a decorated career of racing quarter midgets and USAC midgets, working within the ESPN NASCAR community, IndyCar Radio Network and hosting the Up to Speed program for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

For more information about Fuel the Female, sponsorship and partnership opportunities, please visit the organization’s website at www.fuelthefemale.org

 

 

 

Welcome to Fuel the Female

Ethanol runs through my veins. Burnt rubber is stuck to the soles of my shoes. The sound of 700 horsepower invades my dreams. For 18 years now, racing has been my life. I knew from the second I stepped foot on a racetrack at nine-years-old, motorsports was my passion. Now, it’s time to spread that passion to other young women. Meet Fuel the Female. 

Growing up, I never realized it was “weird” to enjoy motorsports. I had Lyn St. James, Sarah Fisher and Danica Patrick to watch every weekend. Jamie Little and Nicole Briscoe were on the screen telling me their stories. It wasn’t until that one homework assignment, you know the one, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” that I realized, maybe it was abnormal. The pull of horsepower was much stronger than any other voice in my head. 

Now, working in motorsports, I see the young girl at the track with bright eyes, watching the cars as they’re pulled onto pit lane.  I see the girl standing at the fence waiting for just a peek at the drivers. I see the girl waiting for anyone that looks like her to pass by. But there are few. 

Fuel the Female aims to change that. We aim to grow those “few” into an army. Our goal is to raise money to help send young women to school to study motorsports. We also hope to become a mentorship program by pairing young women with women currently in the industry.

Our inaugural event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will introduce more than 50 Indianapolis Public Schools high school, female students to motorsports. Throughout the day they will meet women who have persevered and achieved their goals through motorsports. By the end of the day, we hope the students can envision themselves in some of those roles and grow their passion for motorsports, too. 

If you would like more information about Fuel the Female, please email info@fuelthefemale.org.

--Katie Hargitt, Founder, Fuel the Female