From racing cars to race-winning cars, women are increasingly making their mark in the sports world.
With the Australian Formula 1 championship just weeks away, Australian Formula One driver Chloe Fitzroy was in a rare spot last week when she was asked about her experiences in the sport.
“I feel like I’m part of a movement that’s happening around the world, because the women that are making the breakthroughs in the field are the women who are putting in the hard work and putting in their hours and hours and days,” Fitzroy told ESPN’s Dan Graziano.
“The women are coming in and they’re doing what they’re passionate about and doing the work.”
When I was young and I had my chance to race I did so well and I was a champion, but I was also the girl that had to put in the work and did the hard things to be able to race.
“So I’m just excited about the future of this sport and it’s a very young one, but if you look at the statistics I think we’re going to have a lot more female champions.”
Fitzroy, who will be competing in the inaugural Women’s World Rallycross Championship, is one of several Australian drivers to have made headlines recently for their role in female-led rallies.
Earlier this month, New Zealand racer Ellie Meehan was arrested after allegedly grabbing a man’s penis and forcing him to have sex.
Meehan is now facing charges of assaulting a police officer and using a weapon of mass destruction, which are being investigated by New Zealand police.
Earlier in September, Australian racer Victoria Mears was accused of assaulting two men in Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia.
Mears was released from custody in December after posting $400,000 bail.