Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA) and Deluxe Corporation have expanded the Porsche Deluxe Female Driver Development Program with two more drivers, Chloe Chambers and Madeline Stewart. Chambers represents the Cayman class, which uses the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport, while Stewart will carry the banner for the class utilizing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Type 992 race car. Chambers and Stewart join Sabré Cook as the 2023 recipients of the Porsche Deluxe Female Driver Development Program scholarship.
Stewart, a native of New Zealand, is racing in the 992 Pro/Am class of the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama. Stewart drives the No. 282 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car for JDX Racing and has graduated from the Porsche Sprint Challenge Australia championship. Chambers, who lives in Indiana, debuted in the Porsche Sprint Challenge this year driving the No. 70 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for TPC Racing. She grew to fame when she drove a Porsche 718 Spyder to a Guinness World Records achievement for the Fastest Vehicle Slalom. She still holds the record three years later. In addition to her role in the Porsche Female Driver Development Program, Chambers is also a Porsche Junior Program North America participant in the Cayman class.
Included in the scholarship, both drivers will receive a full-season entry in the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama. Additionally, they each receive one set of Yokohama race tires each event weekend as well as direct access to PMNA competition advisor and Porsche Junior Program North America driving coach Patrick Long.
“Being able to add the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama to our Female Driver Development Program has been an objective since we conceived the idea,” said Volker Holzmeyer, president and CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America. “It is natural to add this to each level of our Motorsport Pyramid. Through our partnership with Deluxe, Yokohama and USAC, we have been able to do it even sooner than we thought would be possible.
“Madeline and Chloe are a perfect addition to the program. They are both excellent drivers and very well received in the paddock. With Madeline, Chloe and Sabré together, I cannot think of three better drivers to represent the program.”
Chloe Chambers prepares to race.
“Being part of the Female Driver Development Program is special. Having all of the support from Porsche and Porsche Motorsport is great,” said Chambers. “It is something that I am very appreciative of and I will try and represent the brand well. I have worked with Porsche Cars North America in the past with a Guinness World Record title achievement, but it is super cool now to be involved on the Motorsport side. I want to race in Le Mans. I would love to be doing it with Porsche. I grew up watching Porsches race and that is how I got into racing. It would be a goal to close out my career as a Porsche factory driver.”
“I feel very privileged to be part of the Porsche Female Driver Development Program,” said Stewart. “Coming over to race in the USA this year was a huge step, but I am grateful for the support I have already received. Programs like this really help to further my career in motorsport and it is fantastic to see Porsche Motorsport North America, Yokohama and USAC working so hard to support females climbing through the Porsche Pyramid. We have had a great first two rounds of the Championship, so I am looking forward to continuing on this year before making the step to Carrera Cup next year.”
Tracey Engelhardt, president, Check Solutions and Chief of Operations at Deluxe, expressed delight at the expansion of the program.
“At Deluxe, we are honored to sponsor the Porsche Deluxe Female Driver Development Program and support the advancement of women in motorsports. We believe that diversity and inclusion are crucial in every industry, and motorsports is no exception,” Engelhardt said. “By providing opportunities for female drivers like Madeline Stewart, Chloe Chambers and Sabré Cook, we hope to help level the playing field and create a more equitable future for all aspiring racers. We are excited to continue our partnership with Porsche and be part of this important initiative.”
Randy Hembrey, Director of Road Racing, United States Auto Club, added.
“Porsche Sprint Challenge North America is often the first step for a driver to compete in a semi-professional program. This championship is intentionally positioned on the Porsche one-make ladder as a development platform. The Porsche Female Driver Development Program is just one of the tools made available to us by Porsche to further identify talent and support the career growth of these talented women. We’re excited to have both Madeline and Chloe as a part of our championship and have been immediately impressed by their on-track skills and determination to succeed. We look forward to watching them continue to progress in this program and through their driving careers in the future.”
More on Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama can be found at www.PorscheSprint.com.