Katherine Legge became the first driver to bring an all-woman team to the Indy 500 on Sunday. Legge, a rookie from England, is the ninth female racer to qualify for the Indy 500. Her all-woman crew made headlines for being the first in the history of the Indy 500.
Before the race, Legge told CNN that she wants to inspire girls to pursue their dreams, saying she hopes to inspire girls “to follow what they want to be. And they have to pursue that with 110 percent knowledge that they can get there if they really, really want to.” During the race, she wore the Girl Scouts logo on her helmet. She said she was racing as a representative for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
Two other women qualified for the Indy 500 this year – Simona de Silvestro of Switzerland and Ana Beatriz of Brazil.
CNN 5/27/12; Jezebel 5/27/12; Reuters 5/25/12