Are you 13-18 years old in Indianapolis? Interested in learning about career opportunities in motorsports?
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Growing up at the track by the side of her father, John Della Penna (renowned Indycar driver and team owner), Michelle was usually the only girl there.
After a successful career as an entrepreneur, Michelle decided it was time to change the industry.
She founded The Della Penna Foundation in 2021 whose mission is to empower girls with the knowledge, skills and mentorship – and most importantly, the opportunities – to supercharge a future in motorsports – whether it’s behind the wheel, in the pits, in the front office or in the research labs. Why 5-16 year olds and why now?
“If you don’t see it, you can’t be it” and there are very few women in prominent positions..
The barriers to access are high - for girls in general and for those without the financial wherewithal to find a track, buy equipment, get coached and find sponsors to cover the costs of racing.
Statistics show that 9-16 years old is when girls drop out of STEM classes and close the door to futures in technology.
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what's happening next:
Our schedule will take us to Los Angeles April 12th for the Petersen Museum's Racer Gala where Zak Brown will be honored and the Foundation will be the official charity of the evening. There will be a live auction featuring a one of a kind Zak Brown autographed Ferrari Challenger series racing suit, that John Della Penna and Zak Brown raced in together, VIP tables and individual tickets available for our supporters, please reach out to us for details.
After Los Angeles, we'll be in Indianapolis the weekend of May 19th where we're hosting a three day "discover motorsports" program for high school girls in the local area. The program will include women speakers, garage and paddock tours, a morning of karting, a visit to IUPUI - our partner for the weekend- and tickets to watch the qualifyings. For our friends and supporters, we're grateful to High Alpha Venture Studios for hosting a fundraising reception and live auction Friday evening. Please contact us for sponsorship opportunities and tickets.
All of this needs... funding and support. It takes a village to make our programs happen. Please donate whatever you can and if you or your organization is interested in learning about sponsorships, please reach out.
A Contributor level donation of $50 will receive a drawstring bag.
A Supporter level donation of $100 will get mentioned on the website, the programs, and brochures for the events and a baseball cap.
A Donor level contribution of $250 will get mentioned on the website, the programs, brochures
for the events will receive a knit hat and baseball cap.
A Benefactor level donation of $500 gets all of that plus VIP guest opportunities to attend select events.
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