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Porsche Mobil 1 Female Driver Development Program Launched

Mobil 1 comes on board as sponsor of Porsche Motorsport North America’s female driver development program…

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Porsche Motorsport North America and Mobil 1 have unveiled its latest initiative, the Porsche Mobil 1 Female Driver Program North America, to foster the growth and participation of female race car drivers throughout the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid North America.

The newly unveiled program aims to create a supportive environment that showcases and nurtures female talent by equipping them with the necessary resources to excel in the world of motorsports.

“At Mobil 1, it is core to our mission to share the love of driving,” said Jennifer Durgin, North America lubricants marketing director, on behalf of Mobil 1.

“We are dedicated to creating opportunities to elevate our passion and champion partnerships that allow a more diverse and inclusive group of drivers as we are intentional in providing a more equal road ahead for female racers.

“As a result, we are thrilled to partner with Porsche on this remarkable initiative to further empower female racing talent to thrive at every level, both on and off the track.

“Together, we can play a vital role in reshaping the motorsports industry for the better — supporting incredible female drivers, breaking down barriers and ensuring that talented women have a platform to excel in the world of motorsports.

“Every female driver who dreams of being on the track deserves the opportunities to do so.

“Through this program, we will take significant steps towards providing these resources and ultimately – grow our fanbase while building the pipeline of future female drivers.”

Throughout the year, Porsche and the Mobil 1 brand will also provide drivers in the program:

***Financial Support: 50 percent of the season entry fee for each female driver will be covered to ensure equal access to participation in the full racing season

***Performance Incentives: Complimentary sets of tires to top-performing female drivers to incentivize excellence on-track and easing financial burdens

***Training and Education: Specialized workshops for female drivers will be provided and offer valuable training, education, and networking opportunities to advance their careers – including mentoring from former Porsche Factory Driver Patrick Long

***Recognition and Branding: Drivers will gain recognition as an official Porsche Mobil 1 Female Driver Program North America participant, elevating their profiles and credibility within the motorsports community

Participants in the program who will compete in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America this season include Sabre Cook and Madeline Stewart. For the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America, female drivers include Paige Morales, Caroline Candas, Loni Unser, Ashley Freiberg and Therese Lahlouh.

This initiative has provided affiliated drivers with exposure and opportunities to work with brands like never before, including the trailblazing first recipient Cook, who has been racing a Porsche on-track and also representing Porsche in a number of marketing initiatives.

Chloe Chambers, who was part of the program in 2023, was selected by the Haas F1 team to compete in F1 Academy.

This July, both the Mobil 1 brand and Porsche will host an annual workshop, which will focus on two key areas of development – training and business skills.

The training portion will have each of the drivers working with a specialized trainer that will help them focus on an exercise routine relevant and specialized to each driver’s performance to ideally implement into their current training routine.

The workshop will also include expert presentations to provide special insights focused on long-term career development around diet and nutrition, the importance of sleep, mental preparation, etc. and other key topics that promote optimal physical health for racecar drivers.

Additionally, expert speakers will provide presentations on media training, sponsorship, personal branding, etc. with the goal of providing valuable off-track training to secure high-profile opportunities.

“After launching the Porsche North America Female Driver Program last year, we have been thrilled with the rapid growth in the number of female drivers who are not only competing in championships, which are part of our young driver development pyramid, but also winning,” said Porsche Motorsport North America President and CEO Volker Holzmeyer.

“The team at Mobil 1 shares our goal of further encouraging young female drivers to take the next step in their motorsport careers. Together, we hope to provide these women with the support, tools, and education to help them really advance.

“Porsche and Mobil 1 have enjoyed a long-term partnership across many programs around the world, including the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup supporting Formula 1 events.

“Having Mobil 1 join us as the naming rights partner for the Female Driver Program will help Porsche in this important initiative.”

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