On Wednesday, April 22, Renee will join a group of promising women racing drivers in learning how to use state-of-the-art motorsport simulation software to advance their racing careers.
In fact, sixteen graduates of the Lyn St. James Women in the Winner’s Circle Driver Development Academy are scheduled to spend time in iRacing.com’s Driver Development Lab located outside Boston (MA).
Under the watchful eye of 1992 ‘Indy 500 Rookie of the Year’ (St. James) and a team of professional driving coaches, the students will learn how to use operator-in-loop simulation software to learn new tracks, become familiar with the performance characteristics of new cars, and make more effective use of expensive real-world track time.
“Driving simulation is already an important aspect of the training regimen of Formula One drivers,” said St. James, founder of the not-for-profit Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation. “It’s clear that going forward, drivers at all levels of the sport will need to use this cost-effective tool if they want to succeed. With iRacing as the official simulation service for the Academy, we can be certain that our students will have the benefit of the best technology available.”
“Our Driver Development Lab was created for exactly this type of training,” said Scott McKee, iRacing’s vice president of marketing. “And thousands of racers and driving coaches all over the world have already realized just how good a teaching tool our simulation can be. We’re really pleased to work with Lyn and the WWCA to help these women achieve their goals in motorsports.”
In addition to donating the time in the Driver Development Lab, iRacing will provide all of the Academy’s attendees with three-month subscriptions to the company’s internet racing service.
About Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation
A strong advocate for women in the motorsports industry, particularly women who aspire to the professional level in racing, Lyn St. James established the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation in 1994, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to professional development for talented, up-and-coming young women race car drivers. The Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation currently conducts two primary programs: Project Podium and the Women in the Winner’s Circle Academy: The Complete Driver, established in 1994. The Academy has become the most comprehensive educational and training program of its kind for talented and gifted women motorsports drivers. Since its inception, more than 230 women drivers from 33 states and five countries have attended this program. About iRacing.com
iRacing.com was founded in September of 2004 by Dave Kaemmer and John Henry. Kaemmer was co-founder of Papyrus Design Group, developers of award-winning racing simulations including NASCAR Racing: 2003 Season and Grand Prix Legends. Henry is principal owner of the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Group – the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing – as well as an avid simracer. The iRacing team combines more than 100 years of real-world racing experience with more than 50 years of successful racing simulation development. The company has developed numerous corporate relationships in the motorsport industry, including agreements to develop track simulations with International Speedway Corporation, Speedway Motorsports, and Panoz Motor Sports Group and vehicles with General Motors, Riley Technologies, Radical Sportscars, and 600 Racing. iRacing is the official simulation partner of the Star Mazda Championship and the Skip Barber Racing School.