Shea Holbrook to represent Women in Motorsports at Women’s Sports Foundation Annual Salute

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Some cool news from Pirelli World Challenge team owner/driver and IHRA Nitro Jam drag racer Shea Holbrook, who is New York tonight for an annual event. See the release below:

Pirelli World Challenge Road Racer and IHRA Nitro Jam Drag Racer Shea Holbrook attends the Women’s Sports Foundations Annual Salute tonight in New York City. Holbrook, representing Women in Motorsports alongside seven-time Indianapolis 500 driver and mentor, Lyn St. James will be in attendance as well as many world-class female athletes.

Founded in 1974 by tennis legend, Billie Jean King, the Women’s Sports Foundation is dedicated to advancing the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity.

During the 2013 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show in Indianapolis, Indiana Holbrook was recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation for her on and off track efforts as a leading female in the motorsport community. She also became a recipient of the “Women’s Sports Foundation’s Women in the Winners Circle Project Podium Grant,” designed to help young racers overcome the business challenges unique to motorsports.

“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 and to be celebrating amazing Women in Sports tonight at the Annual Salute. Having the opportunity to collaborate with the foundation toward making strides in the advancement of women in motorsports is truly amazing and humbling,” said Holbrook.

Holbrook graduated from the Lyn St. James, Women in the Winners Circle in 2008 and went on to race in thePirelli World Challenge Championships while advancing her racecraft, brand and entrepreneurial aspirations. Her first mark in history was in 2011 where she became the first female to win a Touring Car race at the famous Long Beach Grand Prix. She went on to launch a multi-car effort becoming co-owner, driver and brand ambassador at Shea Racing, LLC. in 2013. Later during the following season Holbrook, team and partners lead the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car A Championship although ended up as runner ups at the last race of the season successfully securing 2nd place in the championship.

AJ Foyt Racing promotes Benjamin Pedersen from Indy Lights to IndyCar for 2023 season

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Benjamin Pedersen is the first driver to land a promotion from Indy Lights into IndyCar for next season as AJ Foyt Racing confirmed Wednesday he’ll be part of its 2023 lineup.

Pedersen, a 23-year-old dual citizen of Denmark and the United States, spent last season running the full Indy Lights schedule for HMD Motorsports. Linus Lundqvist, his teammate, won the Lights title, and Pedersen finished fifth in the final standings. Pedersen earned his only win earlier this month when he led every lap from the pole at Portland.

Pedersen also ran four races for HMD in 2021 with back-to-back runner-up finishes in his debut. Pedersen landed on AJ Foyt Racing team president Larry Foyt’s radar through a “trusted colleague” and Pedersen spent most of last season shadowing the IndyCar team.

His promotion to IndyCar comes ahead of all four drivers who finished ahead of him in the Indy Lights standings, including champion Lundqvist.

“We are really looking forward to having Benjamin as part of the team,” Larry Foyt said. “His enthusiasm is infectious, and he is 100 percent committed to IndyCar, AJ Foyt Racing, and doing the best he can to win races.

“It’s been great to have him embedded with the team this past season, and everyone is excited to hit the ground running when testing begins. It is also great to have a multi-year program in place, which will help him and the team grow together.”

Foyt did not announce a car number for Pedersen. Kyle Kirkwood spent his rookie season driving AJ Foyt’s flagship No. 14 but Kirkwood is moving to Andretti Autosport. The team has not yet announced if Dalton Kellett will return for a fourth season, and a third car for Tatiana Calderon was pulled from competition after seven races because of sponsorship non-payment. Shutting down Calderon’s team removed the only semi-regular female driver from the IndyCar field.

Pedersen, however, was signed to an agreement Foyt said “spans multiple seasons as the team plans to develop the young rookie and is aligned to a longer-term plan for AJ Foyt Racing.”

Pedersen was born in Copenhagen but raised in Seattle and currently lives in Indianapolis. He said his time shadowing the IndyCar team has given him a jump on his rookie preparations.

“I’ve spent a lot of time this season with AJ Foyt Racing learning the ins and outs of making the jump to IndyCar and it’s been really nice to do that in conjunction with my Indy Lights season,” Pedersen said. “IndyCar has been my target goal since I started open wheel racing in 2016. The racing, atmosphere, fans, events, tracks, etc. are all awesome.”