It’s obvious to even the casual observer that motorsports is dominated by men. It was only as recently as 2005 when Danica Patrick made history as the first female to compete in an IndyCar race. Fast forward 14 years, and objectively, not much has changed.
Enter Accelerating Change.
Founded by two-time and first-ever-female IMSA racing Champion, Christina Nielsen, and Mariana Small, President of Porsche Club of America – Los Angeles, the organization seeks to put women into the driver’s seat of motorsports worldwide.
With the backing of Michelin and Porsche of Fresno, the organization’s inaugural All-Female Track Day at Buttonwillow Raceway saw more than 45 women take to the helm of Porsches, Audis, Minis and more. Volunteer racing coaches from Porsche Club North America meant that no driver was left without professional guidance around one of California’s most famous and enjoyable racing circuits.
The event was emceed by PCA’s chief driving instructor, Scott Mann, and veteran Porsche racer, Martina Kwan, was on hand to provide expert, in-car instruction for the participants. Kwan’s partner and sponsor, Vision Motorsports, provided the technical support and certifications that enabled the women to keep their cars in compliance and on the track. Their 997.2 Porsche 911 was recently upgraded to full GT4 racing standards and the infamous Porsche flat six provided one of the few full-throated racing soundtracks of the vehicle entries and only added to the excitement of the day.
With this first event under their belt, this is likely only the beginning for Accelerating Change. As Ms. Nielsen continues her quest for yet another championship in 2019, the spotlight on women in motorsports should only continue to shine both brighter and wider.