Women Gaining on Men in Car Racing

Two women placed in the top 10 during the Honda Indy Toronto last weekend. Danica Patrick came in sixth and Simona de Silvestro came in ninth. (Patrick came in sixth place in 2009 as well.) According to an article in the Toronto Star, this is the first time two women have placed in the top 10 in Indy racing.

Driver Paul Tracy said on the “Wheels.ca” blog that careful driving was the way to win the race. “The key to [the] race was not getting in any trouble or making a mistake,” Tracy said. “Justin Wilson, Scott Dixon, Helio Castroneves, me, we made mistakes and Danica and Simona didn’t, so hats off to them.”

Though the racing world has long been dominated by male drivers, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, better known as NASCAR, is looking to recruit more diverse drivers through its “Drive for Diversity” program. The program is in its seventh year, and in early 2010, “Drive for Diversity” adopted a new training program that focuses on driver testing and training, according to a press release from NASCAR.

If you’re interested in applying for the program, visit www.drivefordiversity.com and download the application.

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