The month of May is upon us and despite the excitement of the new Formula 1 season, much talk in the Motor Sport office (yes, we are back, in rotas) is now focused on what will happen at the Brickyard this year. It will spark the traditional conversations and debates about the relative merits of the two premier open-wheel global racing categories. There will be the usual talk about drivers getting dizzy only turning left and pointed comments about how F1 is predictable, that it’s “all about the car” and only two drivers ever win.
But those debates are tame compared to the ongoing discussions I have with my three daughters about the role of women in motor sport, and my view that racing is not just a man’s sport and that they (especially the 16-year-old, with a passion for STEM subjects) should consider it as a world they can become involved in.
And it is around this discussion that the Indianapolis 500 has come into its own. As I have said to them, this year’s race features a new team headed by motor sport executive Beth Paretta with Swiss racer Simona De Silvestro fulfilling driving duties. The team will be a Chevrolet outfit, with technical support from Team Penske.