Would you get behind the wheel of a 1,525 lbs car barreling around a race course at 230 mph?
I know I wouldn’t, but I did get to talk to two of the four women who will do just that when they compete in the TODAY’S annual Indianapolis 500 car race.
When I asked Danica, 28, who took 3rd place in the race last year, what her advice is to all young women who are trying to achieve goals, she replied: “dream big.” And she pointed out that she’s been prepping for 19 years — since she was 9 — for this race.
Racing champ, Sarah Fisher, who I spoke to at the IZOD Indy 500 luncheon on May 25, also started racing cars when she was just 5. The owner of her own race car team, urges young women to NEVER give up on making their dreams happen, even when the going gets tough. “You have to walk the pavement- work hard EVERY day,” she says. What does she love about racing? “I’m very competitive — I love beating the boys,” she laughs, but I found out that she’s actually all girl. “I’m a huge Sex and the City fan,” she told me, “I can’t wait to see it.” Which of the SATC quartet does she identify with most? “Miranda — she’s got that whole business sense — I’m like that,” Sarah, 30, told me.
On the personal side, Sarah, who’s married, admits that her husband drives when they go out on date nights. “I like to have a beverage,” she chuckles. She also tells me, she would like kids someday. “But I’ll have to take a break from racing — you can’t strap in when you’re pregnant!”
Good luck today, Danica and Sarah! Oh, and check out Sarah’s new book — 99 Things Women Wish They Knew Before Getting Behind the Wheel of Their Dream Job!