Women in the Winner's Circle news 2007-07-18

FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE LUNCHEON TO BE HELD AT IMS JULY 26 INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2007) - The Fifth Annual Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26. This event is held...

FIFTH ANNUAL WOMEN IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE LUNCHEON TO BE HELD AT IMS JULY 26

INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2007) - The Fifth Annual Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon will be held at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26. This event is held annually to help raise funds for the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation (formerly the Lyn St. James Foundation), founded by racing driver and motivational speaker Lyn St. James in 1993.

The Foundation is a non-profit educational organization focusing on worldwide activities and programs for automotive safety and driver development, especially for women who aspire to become race-car drivers. The Foundation remains dedicated to continuing to train, advocate and educate for diversity in racing until "opportunity" and "diversity" are no longer concerns and are taken for granted.

To date, the foundation has trained over 230 female race-car drivers from 38 states and three countries through its Driver Development Program and has contributed to Girls, Inc., the Wilbur Shaw Soap Box Derby Hill in Indianapolis, and other charitable organizations. The WWCF has also donated numerous autographed items for various charities throughout the world.

"Today's racing world is more encouraging for female drivers than when we first held this event in 2003," said St. James, 1992 Indy 500 Rookie of the Year. "More and more, women are receiving opportunities to prove themselves on the track. And, increasingly, women are rising to higher levels of racing and earning their place on the podium.

"How far we've come in such a short time," added St. James, "and how far we still need to go to receive equal opportunities in the field. At the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation, we continue to commit resources to training and mentoring drivers as they are starting their journey and throughout their careers. At the luncheon, we will introduce a new program -- Project Podium -- which will provide significant monetary grants on a matching-fund basis to drivers who are dedicated to succeeding in this challenging industry."

The WWCF relies on the contributions of corporate, sanctioning group and individual sponsors to continue with its important programs to help provide significant support to women who have the passion to succeed in the extremely popular and growing sport of auto racing.

Committed sponsors include NASCAR, USAC, Indy Racing League/Indy Pro Series, NHRA, Champ Car World Series/Atlantic Series, American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Grand-Am, Racing Limos, and National City Bank.

Honored at this event will be journalist/author/racing driver Denise McCluggage with the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award and Harold Matthews with the Opportunity Award for his support of mini-sprint racer Brittany Frosh.

Co-hosting with St. James will be ESPN basketball commentator Nancy Lieberman. Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, is also scheduled to be a guest presenter.

Over 40 winning female racers will be introduced, including IRL racer Sarah Fisher and racing legend Janet Guthrie, along with industry leaders such as Mike Helton (NASCAR), Terry Angstadt (Indy Racing League), Roger Bailey (Indy Pro Series), Vicki O'Connor (Champ Car Atlantic Series), and others.

The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will include a panel discussion with a number of champion drivers following the luncheon. Luncheon tickets are available by going to www.lynstjames.com

-credit: Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation

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Series Automotive
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Lyn St. James , Janet Guthrie , Mike Helton