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.
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