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Women In Motorsports
Fast-tracking careers in motorsports.
We’re Driving for Financial Equality
Whether their goals are to work on the pit crews of championship-winning teams, design new car technologies, or own and lead auto racing organizations, we want to help bring women to the starting line to help get their careers in motorsports going. That’s why PNC and Chip Ganassi Racing launched the Women In Motorsports initiative — to help inspire the next generation of engineers, mechanics and other motorsports-related careers.
"Cultivating opportunities to build out the pipeline of female innovators, entrepreneurs and business leaders is critical to closing the economic gender gap. We all recognize that a diverse workforce can spark innovation in the workplace and influence economic inclusion for all. This program reflects our commitment to create opportunities for women."
—Debbie Guild, PNC head of Enterprise Technology and Security
"We’re extremely proud to continue making steps toward gender equality in our sport. It is vital that we maintain a welcoming environment where every individual has an equal opportunity to make an impactful contribution toward reaching our goals. We’re honored to share this vision and advance this program together with PNC Bank."
—Team Owner, Chip Ganassi
Video: Scott Dixon, driver of the No. 9 PNC Honda, elaborates on the Women In Motorsports Initiative.
The Chip Ganassi Racing internship program provides a small group of college students with on-site learning and career-development experiences during the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season. Over the course of several months, interns are mentored by experienced race team managers and industry leaders, completing real-world projects in CGR’s engineering, information technology, racing operations or athletic training departments.
Frequently Asked Questions
- The internship program is open to students who are enrolled in a university, college or other institution of higher education in the United States.
- Preference will be given to students with a 3.5 GPA or higher who have completed a minimum of 3 years of college level courses.
- Students majoring in engineering, mathematics, automotive mechanics, computer science, information technology, athletic training or other STEM-related fields are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Due to the unique nature of the internship environment, students must be able to lift a minimum of 30 pounds.
- All internships are completed in-person at CGR headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana.
- Interns must live in the Indianapolis area or be willing to relocate to participate in the program.
- Interns are assigned a manager and mentor who will support them during the program. Interns will gain hands-on experience in their program focus area, working on location at the CGR shop and racetrack.
- Projects and assignments vary by internship department, but all interns will have the chance to champion a project in their specific field.
- Professional development and networking events will also be available.
- Yes, interns receive an hourly wage for time worked.
- Housing (if applicable), meals at the track, required team apparel and travel to races are covered expenses by CGR.
- Interns may be eligible to receive academic credit for their participation in the program.
- Applicants should consult with their school or academic advisor to understand any special requirements for receiving credit.
Meet some of CGR's 2023 Interns
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Northern Arizona University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Testimonials from Past Interns
“I now see how much having women in the paddock or in STEM as role models for
young girls can be really important to show them that it is possible and that it’s not just a boy's club.”
“I gained so much experience through the internship that I will continue to use in my career. Just the ability to apply the knowledge that I gained through my courses and build on that knowledge with real-life experience and the help of the experienced team members around me.”
“I learned how to work on my own at Chip Ganassi Racing. In a classroom setting, you are given the basics and a lot of answers are handed to you. However, the project I did at Chip Ganassi Racing implored me to learn how to effectively research and ask concise questions. I see now how much my abilities have improved since the internship and how much more confident I am in my skills.”
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Girls at the Track Days
Hosted by PNC and CGR, these private events give local groups of girls the opportunity to attend select NTT INDYCAR SERIES races. Aspiring engineers, crew chiefs, drivers and team owners learn where their passion could take them by getting a behind-the-scenes experience at a race along with an INDYCAR team and meeting women who work in the motorsports industry.
Making a Positive Difference for Women
The Women In Motorsports internship program with Chip Ganassi Racing aligns with PNC’s enterprisewide initiative to accelerate women’s financial equality. Beyond the speedway, we’re leveraging the power of our resources to help all move forward financially.
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