International Womens Day and Women Racers

Today I got an email message from Alex Korovkine reminding me that today is International Womens Day.  Alex sent me some background data on such women car racers such as:

  • Dorothy Levitt
  • Eliska Junkova
  • Pat Moss
  • Shirley Muldowney
  • Lella Lombardi
  • Michelle Mouton
  • Jutta Kleinschmidt
  • Ellen Lohr
  • Sarah Fisher
  • Danica Patrick

I also read today that the Marussia Formula 1 team (formerly Virgin) hired Maria de Villota as their test driver for the season.

Maria De Villota Signed With the Marussia Formula 1 Team

She is the 32-year-old daughter of former Spanish Formula 1 driver Emilio de Villota who drove during the 1980s.  Previously she had tested with Renault and has single-seater experience in Spanish Formula 3.  In addition, she has raced at the Daytona 24-Hours.  She will likely get behind the wheel at a young drivers’ testing session in Abu Dhabi at the end of the season.

De Villota Has a Varied Racing Resume

The last woman to enter the Formula 1 championship was Italian driver Giovanna Amati, who failed to qualify for three races in 1992.  Five women have entered Formula 1 races in the past, the most prolific being Italian Lella Lombardi, who started 12 Formula 1 races in the 1970s.  With the great media interest in Danica Patrick, I think that more female drivers will likely rise to the top.

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