The race at Michigan was just that- a race. There wasn’t anything too exciting about said race other than the debris caution thrown towards the end of the race. Martin Truex Jr added to his collection of segment wins collecting two of them during the race’s first two segments, however it was Kyle Larson, who was as Mike Joy ironically pointed out during the national broadcast, was driving a Cars 3 inspired paint scheme and firesuit who won…on opening weekend of a movie that was number one in the box office. For me personally the race was just an eh on the excitement meter but as a long time race fan I know that these things just work out that way sometimes.
Drivers that disappointed: Martin Truex Jr., Clint Bowyer, Kasey Kahne
Drivers that impressed: Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliot, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
However, what I am more drawn to writing about this week is something that was brought to my attention actually via IRL and now Sportscar driver Pippa Mann. For those who aren’t familiar with Pippa- she is a British open-wheel driver who started in karts in Europe and worked her way up through the open wheel ranks in Europe before moving to the United States in 2009 to race Indy Lights and then transitioned to IndyCar in 2011. She is currently the fastest female driver on record at Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 230.1 mph set this year during May’s “Fast Friday” precursor to the Indy 500. This year she is also making her debut into American Sportscar Racing driving with Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor racing. If you have followed my Amy’s NASCAR Reading list posts you might remember me mentioning author Tammy Kaehler and the Kate Reilly Racing Mystery series- Pippa Mann provides Tammy with the technical/research assistance needed to write a series from the view point of a driver without being a driver.
Anyway, I enjoy following Pippa on social media and it was through that that I found out that there is talk in Europe about creating a female-only racing series to give “girls” a place to race instead of with the young men. Pippa wrote a brilliant post about it on her blog- that I just want to highly suggest you read called The Handmaid’s Racing Series. The points she makes are spot on in her post but there is one specifically that caught my attention and I will point that out to you here by paraphrasing the last couple of sentences in Pippa’s blog post. Why would you want to strip away the ability for females to compete in one of the few sports out there in which women and men can complete against each other equally, instead setting up a special “sideshow series for girls only” as Pippa so eloquently called it? Honestly the whole idea of it kind of insults me as a female motorsports fan. I want to watch all drivers compete in the same series with the same opportunities for sponsorships and support.