New Breed Racing’s Alesi Gerthe recently attended a dedication and award ceremony at the Daytona 500 Experience in Daytona Beach, FL. Legendary race car driver Lyn St. James and The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, teamed up to create a tribute to the history of women in racing, with Women in the Winner’s Circle: The Traveling Exhibit. The debut of the exhibit was held in conjunction with a day of celebration of diversity with NASCAR and the Women In The Winner’s Circle Foundation. Gerthe and/or her dragster are featured in the exhibit three times.
“To be part of an exhibit about women in racing is such an honor, and to walk through it gave me a renewed spirit and dedication to my love of motorsports,” said Alesi. “As a racer, there is something about being at the track and I had really only felt it before at the drag races. But when I had the opportunity to visit the infield and garages at Daytona, I came home with that same feeling, and I definitely know motorsports is where I belong.”
A few of the awards presented at the ceremony were:
- 2010 Opportunity Award to Kelley Earnhardt, one of the most prominent businesswomen in NASCAR today.
- 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award to Ashley Force-Hood for her 2009 season in NHRA Funny Car, finishing second in the point standings.
- 2010 USAC Kara Hendrick Spirit Award to young driver, Taylor Ferns, from Shelby Township, MI.
- 2010 Leadership Award, honoring Paul Newman who contributed the first $10,000 to establish the Project Podium Scholarship Fund, was presented to NASCAR President, Mike Helton.
It was also announced that stories from Women in the Winner’s Circle: The Traveling Exhibit are part of the The Henry Ford’s collection and will be featured in the institution’s upcoming permanent exhibition on American auto racing. For more information on the exhibit, please visit: thehenryford.org. and www.lynstjames.com .