Women’s Automotive Association International to Support Lyn St. James Foundation with Scholarship

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Danica Patrick, Deborah Renshaw and Erin Crocker graduates of the Lyn St. James driver development program provide inspiration at August 3, 2006 "Women in the Winner's Circle."

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The WAAI is dedicated to helping these young female racers succeed through WAAI scholarships and our

Join us in celebrating the women of motor sports at the "Women in the Winner Circle" luncheon in Indianapolis, Indiana on August 3rd, 2006 to award the WAAI "Women in Motor Sports" scholarship to the Lyn St. James Foundation, http://www.lynstjames.com . Ford COO and NASCAR fan Anne Stevens will be the main speaker. Danica Patrick, Deborah Renshaw and Erin Crocker are all graduates of the Lyn St. James driver development program. Female drivers from several racing series will be represented along with top automotive industry and motor sports executives.

The Lyn St. James Driver Development Program

Established in 1994 Program, is the most comprehensive educational and training program of its kind. The four-day training courses include instruction in vehicle dynamics, on-track driving at Indianapolis Raceway Park and Whiteland Raceway, instruction and debriefings by mechanics, mental and physical preparation, testing and training provided by Human Performance International, public speaking and media training, seminars on the business of racing, and presentations by leaders in various areas of motor sports.

The Lyn St. James Foundation remains dedicated to continuing to train, advocate, and educate for diversity in racing until "opportunity" and "diversity" are no longer concerns -- they're just taken for granted.

"The Women's Automotive Association 'Women in Motor Sports' scholarship will be presented at this event in honor of Deborah Renshaw, the highest ranked female NASCAR professional driver," said Jody DeVere, President of the Women's Automotive Association International. "Deborah Renshaw helped pave the track for many young up and coming female race car drivers in side by side racing series, (ARCA, Craftsman Truck Series, Busch Gran National), which continues to be dominated by male drivers. " Devere continues, "While NASCAR as made some progress with thier driver diversity program, NASCAR still remains the most difficult racing series for female drivers to reach the top. The Women's Automotive Association supports female race car drivers and encourages corporate America to embrace these young female drivers with substantial sponsorship investment to provide these talented drivers the opportunity to race with top flight team owners and equipment. Providing equal opportunities for female drivers to get into the 'winners circle' at NASCAR events and other top racing series is a passionate issue for myself personally and many in our membership."

"My nomination and support as a board member of the Automotive Hall of Fame weighed heavily on the recent induction of legendary race car driver Shirley Muldowney. I am thrilled to finally see this much needed public recognition of women racing lengends which will help young female drivers to be taken seriously and get supported with the substantial corporate sponsorships needed to be competitive," stated Lorraine Schultz, Founder and CEO of the Women's Automotive Association International. "The WAAI is dedicated to helping these young female racers succeed through WAAI scholarships and our "Women in Motor Sports" initiatives."

For details and Women's Automotive Association International sponsorship opportunities go to:

http://www.waai.com/calendar.asp

The Women's Automotive Association International (WAAI) founded in 1995, is a non-profit, professional society comprised of women who are key players in all aspects of the automotive industry. Through your generous support you will insure that our scholarship fund and funding for our key initiatives continues to grow. To date over 30 scholarships have been awarded to deserving young women seeking careers in the automotive industry. Through the WAAI efforts the following women have been awarded honors at our annual events, to highlight women who have reached the highest level of professional achievement and leadership in the automotive industry.

WAAI programs and initiatives supported by becoming a corporate partner in 2006:

  • We provide networking opportunities for automotive women and award high achieving women at our "Spirit of Leadership" and Professional Achievement" award events each year.
  • We provide scholarships for students who are pursuing their education toward an automotive-related career.
  • We support up and coming women race car drivers with our "Women in Racing" program and provide scholarships to the Lyn St James Foundation for women to participate in the Lyn St James Driver Development Program. http://www.lynstjames.com
  • Our student membership, based out of the Michigan campus of Northwood University, coordinates visits to secondary schools to educate them on potential career opportunities in automotive and provides speakers to the student members who speak on automotive career options.
  • We support Women's Colon Cancer Research ( We support the http://www.iefoundation.org) and the Women's National Colon Cancer Research Fund.
  • We support diversity and are partnered with http://www.onwheelsinc.com, a multicultural multimedia company that publishes African Americans On Wheels. Asians On Wheels and Latinos On Wheels magazines, produces The Urban Wheel Awards, The Urban Wheel Dealer Awards and distributes OWNS; On Wheels News Service, which supplies free editorial to a network of ethnic newspapers across the country. On Wheels, Incorporated is also the parent organization of the Edward Davis Education Foundation.

For information on joining the Women's Automotive Association International, please visit:

http://www.waai.com/membership.asp or contact us at 248-646-5250

email : lhswaai @ aol.com

http://www.askpatty.com and http://www.carsmagazine.com are 2006 corporate sponsors of the Women's Automotive Association International.

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