Minter's WWCF luncheon summary

Minter Attends Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 28) -- Kathryne Minter took some time out of her busy racing schedule to attend the Fifth Annual Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon Thursday at legendary Indianapolis...

Minter Attends Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (July 28) -- Kathryne Minter took some time out of her busy racing schedule to attend the Fifth Annual Women in the Winner's Circle Luncheon Thursday at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The annual event is held to help raise funds for the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation, founded by auto racer and motivational speaker Lyn St. James in 1993.

"It was really good," said Kathryne, who graduated from the Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation Driver Development Program last year. "I met Erin Crocker. I had been trying to get in touch with her for a while, so it was great to finally get to talk to her. She's my role model because she raced sprint cars and went to Knoxville (Raceway) and was the first and only girl to qualify for the Nationals. She and I really connected and had a good talk. She gave me her e-mail address, and told me she wanted to go to Knoxville but probably would be able to make it. She said to e-mail her and ask her any questions I wanted. It was really cool because she's the one I look up to after all she's done. She's blazed the trail and has done the things I want to do. She and Sarah Fisher, Janet Guthrie, and a lot of other prominent people were there for the driver discussion. I even met some people who had actually heard of me. I also met a female announcer, which was cool."

The WWCF 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 racecar 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.

The Foundation has trained more than 230 female racecar 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, the 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 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.

-credit: kmr

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Series Sprint
Drivers Sarah Fisher , Lyn St. James , Janet Guthrie , Erin Crocker