Women in Motorsports NA’s ‘Women with Drive III’ summit a sold-out success

Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA) sold out its third annual Women with Drive III (WWD III) Summit – Driven by Mobil 1 last week at Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, Arizona.

Over 450 women and men from all disciplines of the motorsports industry came together for two full days of sessions with over 96 speakers, 58 sponsors and numerous award announcements.

The livestream of the event, courtesy of Gainbridge, was viewed around the world as it allowed people who could not attend the event to have the opportunity to virtually attend. The summit was part of Parity Week supporting three women’s sports pioneers, Billie Jean King, Annika Sorenstam and Lyn St. James and their respective events.

L to R: WIMNA Co-founder Beth Paretta, WIMNA Executive Director and WWD III Co- Chair, Cindy Sisson and Lyn St. James, WIMNA Co-founder and WWD III Co-Chair.


The WIMNA SHEro Award, presented by Jostens, invited nominations of exceptional contributions by women in motorsports from tracks, race teams, and other organizations. Abigail Hempy, the 2023 SHEro award winner, is a powertrain engineer at NASCAR’s Research & Development Center in Concord, North Carolina. To learn more about the SHEroAward and Abigail Hempy, visit

2023 WIMNA SHEro winner Abby Hempy with this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans Garage 56 Hendrick Motorsports drivers Jimmie Johnson (left) and Jenson Button.

WIMNA also presented a HEro Award to long-time NASCAR executive and board chairman of the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, Ken Clapp, who has dedicated his life to promoting NASCAR and is a strong supporter of WIMNA.

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