Caitlyn Jenner this week launched the Jenner Racing team to contest the all-female W-Series, the former Olympic athlete, hailed as the greatest in the mid-seventies, is no stranger to motorsport.
Jenner said of her new project: “As a believer in fair competition, a lover of motor racing, and a supporter of all women in sport from the grassroots to elite level, W Series ticks every box for me and is a fusion of the different aspects of my career.”
Jenner raced in the IMSA Camel GT series in the eighties, winning the 1986 12 hours of Sebring in the IMSA GTO class driving the 7-Eleven Roush Racing Ford Mustang with co-driver Scott Pruett.
The pair won their class and finished fourth overall. That year Jenner finished second in the championship to Pruett. Jenner also competed in the Toyota Pro-Celebrity Race at the Grand Prix of Long Beach, winning in 1979 and 1982.
The great Olympic athlete of the seventies made headlines in April 2015 coming out as a trans woman.
Prior to that Jenner fathered six children with three successive wives—Chrystie Crownover, Linda Thompson, and Kris Jenner.
From 2007 to 2021 she appeared on the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians with Kris, their daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Kris’s other children Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian.
Press release announcing Jenner Racing for W-Series
W Series, the international single-seater motor racing championship for female drivers, today announces that a team owned by former racing driver and Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner will compete in the 2022 season.
American Jenner, was hailed as ‘the world’s greatest athlete’ by Time magazine after winning the decathlon at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Canada, by setting a third straight world record.
Now, the athletic icon will go for W Series gold when her Jenner Racing team contests W Series’ third season, which consists of Formula 1 support races at eight Grand Prix weekends, starting in Miami, USA, in May. ‘
W Series had a global reach of more than half a billion viewers in 2021 when it began its partnership with F1 – the world’s premier motor racing series.
In her role as team principal, Jenner will oversee the day-to-day running of her Jenner Racing team. Driver lineup, car livery, and the acquisition of sponsors who are aligned with her mission of promoting women in sport and creating a platform for them in motorsport will be first on her agenda.
Last week, 15 prospective drivers from around the world – including seven from the Americas – attended a W Series test at the Inde Motorsports Ranch, Arizona, USA.
catherine muir, CEO W Series: “W Series exists to promote women in motorsport, believing that they can compete equally with men if given the same opportunities. We are determined to give females a platform and a pathway to succeed in our sport.
“When I first met Caitlyn Jenner, it was clear that she is as committed to that mission as all of us at W Series are. She has performed at the highest level in sport, she is a proven winner and a complete petrol-head, and I know that her passion for sport and motorsport will inspire everybody at W Series.
“We continue to rethink racing and I am excited to see how the Jenner Racing team performs this season. With one of the world’s greatest athletes supporting them, the sky is the limit,” Muir added.
Caitlyn JennerJenner Racing Team Principal: “A championship dedicated to inspiring young girls and giving women the chance to succeed in roles throughout what has traditionally been a male-dominated industry, W Series is changing the face of motorsport.
“As the series continues its rapid expansion with a truly international cast of drivers and races, this was the perfect time to come on board.
“W Series had a global reach of more than half a billion viewers in 2021, and I am going out to the market to acquire sponsors that align with mine and W Series’ joint missions.
“I watched on with great excitement last year when W Series made its American debut in Austin, Texas, USA, where its drivers entertained 400,000 fans over the weekend at the Circuit of the Americas.
“In May, I will be beaming with pride when my Jenner Racing team starts its bid for W Series glory on motor racing’s greatest stage at the first race of season three in Miami, USA, in support of Formula 1. As has always been the case, I’m in it to win it,” concluded Jenner.
As Jenner is going to dominate the world itself.
Caitlyn Jenner (Kylie and Kendall Jenner’s father, from the Kardashian-Jenner family) now have a team in WSeries !!
Either I announced or I was paged through the category.
Jenners doing makeup, fashion and cumshot sim gear. pic.twitter.com/DU3BAFhAM5
— Carol Politta (@politta_c) February 8, 2022
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.