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

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.