Former Formula 1 test driver and DTM racer Susie Wolff has been made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honors, announced on Friday evening.
Wolff became the first woman in 22 years to take part in an F1 grand prix weekend session when she represented Williams in practice for the British Grand Prix in 2014.
Wolff retired from racing at the end of 2015, making her final appearance at the Race of Champions before turning her attention to profiling female participation in motorsport through the ‘Dare To Be Different’ scheme.
Wolff has been awarded an MBE for her services to women in sport.
“What a way to end 2016. Very humbled to receive an MBE in recognition of my service to women in sport,” Wolff wrote on her Facebook page.
“Like any female competitor, I simply aspired to compete on a level playing field and was able to chase that dream thanks to the never-ending support of my family and all those who backed me along the way.
“This is a recognition of their efforts as much as my own. Now my focus is on passing that support and belief to the next generations of young women who dare to be different in chasing their dreams.”
Wolff is the only motorsport personality to feature on this year’s New Year Honors list.
The 102nd Running of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials are already thinking about next year’s Indy 500.
Speedway officials on Friday unveiled the logo for the 103rd running of the 500 next year, which will be held on Sunday, May 26, 2019.
According to a Speedway media release, “The logo for the 103rd Indianapolis 500 includes bold, dynamic features that will form the core of future logos for ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.’”
In addition, the new logo, according to the release, “is athletic, prestigious and confident and includes a rich navy blue that contrasts with gold, the color of the iconic Wing and Wheel logo of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“A row of red bricks race upward and forward, referencing the bricks that formed the track’s surface for decades and remain present today in the famous Yard of Bricks at the start-finish line.”
The logo will serve as part of a new branding system that will feature it as part of future logo designs, as well.
“This new logo system is an exciting step forward for the identity of the Indianapolis 500,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “The 103rd Indianapolis 500 logo, created within this system, salutes the traditions and legacy of the race while looking ahead to its bright future.”