My Racing Heroes

Motorsports is full of some of the most enigmatic and committed competitors on and off-trackmeet my three heroes

  • Of course, of course, of course…Danica Patrick. As a young woman, who grew up watching a male dominant sport, she needs to be number one on my list. In seven seasons of IndyCar, Patrick became a fearless competitor. Rookie of the year in 2005, first woman to win an IndyCar race and the first woman to finish in the top-three of an Indy 500. I mean? Talk about a machine. She is the person who I admire the most and my motivation to work hard regardless of the challenges.
Danica Patrick of Andretti Green Racing shows off her trophy after winning the Indy Japan 300 auto racing at Twin Ring Motegi in Motegi, northeast of Tokyo Sunday, April 20, 2008. The American became the first female winner in IndyCar history Sunday, taking the Indy Japan 300 after the top contenders were forced to pit for fuel in the final laps. (AP Photo/Shuji Kajiyama)
  • Roger Penske, the Captain. If you follow IndyCar, then who know how committed this man is. Now the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar series, this man started his open-wheel domination as a boss in 1966. He is the winningest 500 owner with 18 victories. On race day driver’s often say: “the speedway picks who wins.” If this is true, then Roger Penske must be the speedway’s favorite guy.
Team owner Roger Penske works the radio in Will Power’s pit during the 45th Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach Sunday, April 14, 2019. Pole sitter Alexander Rossi defended his 2018 Long Beach win with a flag-to-flag victory with Josef Newgarden finishing second and Scott Dixon coming in third. (Photo by Will Lester, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)
  • Next up…Susie (Stoddart) Wolff, MBE. Following a successful career in karting and the Formula ranks, Wolff became Team Principal at the rising Venturi Formula E Team. Apart from her work on-track, it’s what she does off that inspires me the most. Wolff is a hero of mine because of her FIA “Girls on Track: Dare to be Different,” global campaigning efforts. Wolff’s work encourages women to find involvement in motorsports and she provides opportunity for female growth in a male-dominated sport.
Creator: Stefan Brending | Copyright: Stefan Brending

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