By late afternoon on Tuesday, Larry Foyt treated Tatiana Calderon like a normal member of the A.J. Foyt Racing crew.
The test, partly thanks to the cooperation between ROKiT, the primary sponsor of No. 14 driver Bourdais and Calderon’s support in Super Formula, resulted in a top lap time of 1:08.9888 for the Colombian driver’s first Super Formula victory.
The Colombian driver would have run faster on an especially hot and windy day (one that had the worst 15-degree heat of IndyCar’s Practice No. 1 on Race Day (2015) with the added wind), when only she was competing in the IndyCar race.
“In the end, it was going really well, so we tried to implement the things we wanted to accomplish over the weekend, but couldn’t,” team president Foyt told IndyStar in an exclusive interview,”
I was blown away. “
She may compete in IndyCar.
Upon her first day behind the wheel, we were all amazed at how fast she could get her times.
We must definitely take note of her.
The 28-year-old got her first single-seater racing experience in what’s now Indy Pro 2000 on the Road to Indy.
Other than lap times, it was an opportunity for her career to come full-circle in just a couple of weeks.
As a result, Calderon had missed the last two Super Formula races.
Thus, when ROKiT began their sponsorship with Foyt early in the 2019 IndyCar season, it morphed into a full-fledged collaboration.
Her two-week timeline put her in a rush, and she contacted the aforementioned drivers as well as Foyt’s Bourdais and JR Hildebrand, the coach of her Tuesday test driver.
While I’ve always kept an eye on IndyCar, it’s such a fantastic sport.
It’s a great series with many talented drivers competing.
Racing is my U.S. love.
If I’d had another day to take everything in, I believe I would have been even quicker.
Don’t get a stupid grade on a test where there’s no stress.
The track conditions were ideal for driving in my progression.
While it’s surely not a horrible day for the first time, there’s plenty of time for finding more.
After two years at Star Mazda in 2010-11, she broke onto the scene.
Calderon finished 10th in her 13-race rookie campaign, picking up two podiums (both 3rd place) and four overall top-5 finishes while sprinting to 6th position.
Instead of going to Indy Lights in 2012, she took on her other open-wheel goal: F1.
Only two women have competed in F1 so far. Desire Wilson won the 1980 British Aurora F1 title despite only competing in one race during the season.
Calderon has long eyed breaking the mould.
In the last two decades, six or more women have competed in F1 teams, yet none have been promoted to Formula One’s highest level.
According to Calderon, she has taken steps to ensure that she is placed where she feels she can have the best racing possibilities while also building herself back up every time she steps on the track.
IndyCar could be considered as a means to a goal, in a hypothetical future opportunity.
But, lately, Calderon has focused her attention on American open-wheel racing series where she might be noticed.
However, while running for one of the series’ top teams, Palou parlayed a 3rd-place finish in the championship into a rookie IndyCar season that showed flashes of promise.
Currently, he’s dominating the IndyCar championship in a Chip Ganassi Racing car that he has won twice in 2021.
Sure, why not? “
I’d love to have you there!
I am playing my chance. “
With so many changes occurring in the world of motorsports with new technologies, I’m still open to everything.
Roger Penske and Penske Entertainment Corp. felt strongly about having the first Indy 500 since 2000 with no female driver.
The launch of the Race for Equality and Change project helped launch Paretta Autosport, Calderon stated.
Beth Paretta founded and operated the squad that succeeded in qualifying for the 2018 Indianapolis 500 with an all-female over-the-wall crew.
“I cheered the whole way,” Calderon remarked.
Equality, but not just for drivers, in everything we do.
It’s the future. I’m proud of how they’re approaching this subject, and I hope this results in positive change.