Interested in a Career in Motorsports? Inviting High School Girls to Join us!
Friday May 19th:
9 am -- IUPUI campus for tour + talks from alums and presentation of the IUPUI summer camp + lunch.
Main St visits: We'll visit two team garages and women will speak about their experience.
3pm wrap up and bus back to IUPUI drop-off
Saturday May 20th:
8:15 am pickup at IUPUI and go for a karting experience, lunch.
12 pm go to the Speedway for a visit to the auto museum, paddock tour as well as women sharing their experiences and the different careers they're involved in.
3pm return to IUPUI drop-off
Sunday May 21st:
9:30 am pickup at IUPUI and go to the Speedway for a brunch with more short presentations by women in the industry. Each girl will be able to watch qualifying racing which starts at noon. They can invite one parent to join if interested.
2 pm shuttle back to the IUPUI drop-off
Visit the IUPUI event here,
*Times subject to change depending on availability of the speakers.
*There is NO CHARGE for the program, there are a limited number of spots and the deadline to sign up is Wed April 12th.
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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