Meet the Female Engineers Gaining Ground in the NTT Indycar Series

Female gear heads are earning their due with positions of technical responsibility in racing.
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    Racing has long been dominated by men working in technical positions, but women are increasingly earning spots on teams as engineers and technicians as more of them work their way up the ranks. Indycar today features a number of successful female engineers and technicians working in various aspects of the sport, so we'll take a look at them in this slideshow.

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    Cara Adams, Director of Race Tire Engineering and Production, Chief Engineer Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations: Adams was promoted to Director of Race Tire Engineering and Production for Bridgestone Americas in November 2019. In this expanded leadership role, Adams oversees the entire race tire production process in support of the Firestone brand’s role as sole tire supplier of the NTT Indycar Series.

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    Anna Chatten (far right), Gearbox Technician, Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: Chatten is the gearbox technician for two cars annually participating in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Her father, Bob, was a nationally rated flat track motorcycle racer, and she raced against Danica Patrick in karting. In 2009, she became one of the first women over the wall during Indianapolis 500 pit stops.

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    Kate Gundlach, Performance Engineer, Arrow McLaren SP: The University of Pittsburgh graduate has worked for four NTT Indycar Series teams, most notably Chip Ganassi Racing, where in 2018 she became one of the first women to work on a championship-winning effort (Scott Dixon’s car). She spent six seasons with Chip Ganassi’s team. She had previously worked with HVM Racing and Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

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    Danielle Shepherd, Simulation Engineer, Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 10 Honda: Shepherd’s first job in motorsports was a DAG position at KV Racing Technology where she was responsible for the electronics system on the car. Today, Shepherd currently works as a simulation engineer at Chip Ganassi Racing. Her fourth year with the team will be with Felix Rosenqvist’s car.

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    Angela Ashmore, Assistant Engineer, Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 8 Honda: Ashmore earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. She started her career at Chrysler and worked as a driveline engineer in SRT for the 6.4L and Hellcat programs. From Chrysler, she moved over to work in Nascar as a race engineer and has been doing that for the past five years. In January, Angela transitioned to Indycar, and her current position at Chip Ganassi Racing is assistant engineer on the No. 8 car driven by Marcus Ericsson.

 

Dan Carney is a Design News senior editor, covering automotive technology, engineering and design, especially emerging electric vehicle and autonomous technologies.

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