PNC Bank and Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) collaborated to launch Women In Motorsports Powered by PNC Bank with Chip Ganassi Racing, a new campaign to drive awareness and support for gender equality and economic inclusion for women in the workforce. The initiative includes a thought leadership video content series showcasing female industry leaders and an internship designed to accelerate career pathways in motorsports for women. Women In Motorsports brings an additional educational component to PNC’s active sponsorship with CGR, by providing a platform to fuel dialogue about the increasing importance of women as decision makers and influencers with employees, customers and race fans across the country.
The following interns will complete their program at CGR:
- Kenna Edwards, Information Technology; Indiana University
- Leela Edwards, Mechanic/Subassembly; Harper College
- Rebecca Hutton, Engineering; Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis
- Jennifer Short, Engineering; Purdue University
- Jessica Young, Athletic Training; University of North Texas
The students will be immersed in on-site learning and career-development experiences during the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season, including the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, May 29. Responsibilities will include working closely with race team managers and department leaders to assist on vital projects and collaboration with departments across the organization to assist with the team’s racing functions, such as racing operations, engineering to information technology, athletic training and more.
“Our strategy is based on the idea that when young women see more role models in traditionally male dominated fields, it may be easier to believe that they too can make a meaningful impact on that field - and the data shows that teams with meaningful representation of women create more innovative solutions faster than non-diverse teams,” said Debbie Guild, PNC head of Enterprise Technology and Security. “We know that creating a community of support, such as what PNC and CGR are doing with this intern program, is a simple yet effective way to tell these women to stick with motorsports, and demonstrate to them that it is an exciting and rewarding career for women, just as much as it is for men. We look forward to seeing how these women make a difference in the future of motorsports.”
The Women In Motorsports program is the latest collaboration between CGR and PNC Bank, building on a relationship which began in 2013. In addition to the internship program, the campaign includes a thought leadership video content series showcasing female leaders working within CGR.