Holbrook among recipients of grant from Women’s Sports Foundation

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Pirelli World Challenge driver Shea Holbrook (pictured) is one of eight female drivers that will receive a grant from the Women’s Sports Foundation. The WSF’s “Women in the Winner’s Circle Project Podium Grant” is designed to support them through business challenges in their careers.

“I’m incredibly honored and thrilled to be a part of the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Women in the Winners Circle Project Podium Grant,” Holbrook said in a statement. “Having the opportunity to collaborate with two foundations that are making strides in the advancement of women in motorsports is truly amazing and humbling.”

The original project was founded in 2007 by seven-time Indianapolis 500 starter and former WSF president Lyn St. James to back female drivers in multiple disciplines of racing. Besides Holbrook, the other recipients include:

  • Ayla Agren, 20, Norway – Mazda Road to Indy Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship
  • Sabre Cook, 19, Grand Junction, Colorado – F1600 or Skip Barber Racing Series
  • McKenna Haase, 16, Des Moines, Iowa – 305 Sprint Cars
  • Hannah Newhouse, 16, Twin Falls, Idaho – NASCAR K&N Pro Series
  • Melissa Paris, 30, Oceanside, California – AMA/Spanish National Championships (Motorcycles)
  • Kristin Treager, 26, Tulsa, Oklahoma – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
  • Taylor Ferns, 17, Washington Township, Michigan – USAC Silver Crown/National Midget Series

Each racer will receive $5,000 to $10,000 to help support their respective efforts in 2014 and will also have access to a network of mentors from the WSF.

Photo Credit: Pirelli World Challenge PR

Al Unser Jr. back in IndyCar after a decade away: ‘Life is very good’

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There’s been somewhat of a hole in Al Unser Jr.’s heart ever since he retired from racing in 2007.

It was a void, something was missing.

But now, after a decade away from racing, Unser has found the right medicine to fill that hole in his heart: he’s back in the racing game again.

No, he’s not driving again (although he does participate occasionally in vintage races), but the two-time Indianapolis 500 (1992 and 1994) winner is definitely back in the IndyCar world.

And he couldn’t be happier.

“For me, it’s a dream come true,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “Since I stepped out of the race car and retired from racing, there’s been something missing from my life, and it’s racing.”

Unser has hooked up with Harding Racing. The team competed in three races last season as a ramp-up for a full 17-race effort this season. While Unser’s official title with the team is “consultant,” he’s involved in so much more.

His main role is as a driving coach to 2015 IndyCar Rookie of the Year Gabby Chaves. But he’s also involved in so many other areas, including helping the team obtain sponsorships and much more.

He then added, “I’m involved in every sense of the word except actually driving the car. And I’m happy about that because I’m too old to drive the car.”

Unser, who won CART championships in 1990 and 1994, is now 55. He’s so involved with his new job that he even moved from his native New Mexico and has relocated to suburban Indianapolis.

Not only is it a new start for Unser, it also is for Chaves. After running all 16 races in 2015 for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, he competed in just seven races for Dale Coyne Racing in 2016 and only three races for Harding Racing last season.

But he definitely impressed the team, with a fifth- (Texas) and ninth-place (Indianapolis 500) finish in the first two races and 15th (Pocono) in the team’s final run of the season.

That’s why when Harding Racing decided to go fulltime in 2018, Chaves was their pick for behind the wheel. And Unser was their pick to help guide him to potential stardom in the series.

“(Team owner) Mike Harding is definitely a person that when he decides to do something, he does it right,” Unser told IndyCar.com. “The potential for this organization is through the sky. We’re all working really hard here and we see the potential.”

And as for Unser?

“Life is good, life is very good,” he told IndyCar.com. “We’re back full force, eager and better than ever.”

Click here for the full story about Unser from IndyCar.com.