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Two scholars in Athena Racing’s DRIVE driving sim training program, Abril Zapata and Makaela Cochran, worked directly with Honda Performance Development (HPD) Trackside Engineers Nicole Rotondo and Serena Halterman as part of a partnership to bring young girls interested in STEM careers close to their dreams during the 2022 Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach. When they weren’t shadowing engineers as they were working with live data, they were capitalizing on other opportunities presented by HPD to learn from powerful women in the sport.

Wayne Gross of HPD created a special experience for the Athenians by assembling Q&A sessions with female STEM role models who work with Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti Autosports.

Marissa Andretti, the granddaughter of Mario Andretti and serving as both the Vice President of Andretti Autosport and Managing Director for Andretti Technologies, also took time from her busy weekend to advise and counsel the Athenians.