Join us as we welcome motor sports legend Lyn St. James, one of the most successful female racecar drivers in history, to our virtual stage. St. James made her official racing debut in 1974 during one of the most disruptive decades in US history – and now, nearly fifty years later, she has just been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame during yet another period of extreme volatility. In this session, St. James offers her perspective on the similarities of modern society and the cultural climate of the 1970s, and what to expect in the years ahead.
St. James also shares highlights from her storied career beginning with her official debut in 1974 when her car spun off the track and landed in a lake, to her retirement in 2001. She will discuss her experience of being just one of nine women to have qualified for the Indianapolis 500 and what it was like to win the Rookie of the Race award during her first ever Indy 500 at the age 45, which to date, makes her the oldest driver to ever win that award.
Since her retirement, St. James has continued to remain a popular and influential figure in the world of car racing. In 1994, she founded the Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation, which promotes women leaders in the automotive and motorsports industries. Additionally, she created the Women’s Sports Foundation Project Podium Scholarship Grant, has written two memoirs, and travels the world giving motivational speeches.
During this dynamic conversation, St. James talks about the current state of car racing including the impact women have had on the sport, the art of car collecting, and how electric cars will transform race car driving and the automotive industry in the decades to come.