Chip Ganassi Racing and PNC Bank have renewed their partnership for 2023 to continue its Women in Motorsports internship program, the team announced.
The initiative was launched last year to help drive awareness and support gender equality and economic inclusion for women in the workforce, the team said. The program is aimed to provide more women with opportunities in traditionally male-dominated careers in the field of motorsports.
“We’re extremely proud to continue making steps toward gender equality in our sport,” said Team Owner Chip Ganassi. “It is vital that we maintain a welcoming environment where every individual has an equal opportunity to make an impactful contribution toward reaching our goals. We’re honored to share this vision and advance this program together with PNC Bank.”
The trio of female college students participating in 2023 will receive fully funded internships that provide exposure within the professional motorsports industry, the company said, and will receive hands-on experience and mentorship, operating alongside team leaders that have led the organization to 21 championships over its 33-year history.
“Supporting women in traditionally male-dominated spaces, such as motorsports, tech, and finance, is important to us because we know that a diverse workforce sparks innovation and influences economic inclusion,” said Debbie Guild, PNC head of Enterprise Technology and Security. “Whether you are in a boardroom, a lab or on pit lane, performance comes down to capability and grit. As a company seeking to cultivate the next generation of female leaders, we couldn’t be more excited to support Women in Motorsports.”
The two-month internship begins May 30 and will see the interns travel with the team to select races during the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season. After reviewing applications, the following three women were selected:
- Hailey Hein; Northern Arizona University; Mechanics
- Nicole Goodman; Indiana University; IT
- Raegen Moody; Auburn University; Engineering
Each student has demonstrated their passion for motorsports and the pursuit of a career in STEM, the company said. Hein is an off-road racer and automotive service technician, while Goodman works as a laboratory instructor and Moody serves as a race engineer on her school’s iRacing team.
Additionally, CGR plans to hire one of its 2022 Women in Motorsports interns, Rebecca Hutton, as a full-time engineer upon graduating from college, the team said.
CGR and PNC Bank plan to open the 2024 application window Sept. 1, 2023.
Click here for more information on the program.