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Race Car Legend Lyn St. James and The Henry Ford Team Up
 to Create Women in the Winner’s Circle: The Traveling Exhibit

(Dearborn, Mich.)  – Legendary race car driver Lyn St. James and The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, have teamed up to create a tribute to the history of women in racing with a new exhibition, Women in the Winner’s Circle: The Traveling Exhibit. This display recognizes the past history, the growing achievements and the future growth of women in automotive racing.

Women in the Winner’s Circle: The Traveling Exhibit will inform visitors about the accomplishments of women in motor sports and showcase racing as a gender-neutral sport, where men and women truly compete against each other on an equal playing field.

Divided into five areas – Pioneers, Trailblazers, Modern, Here We Are and The Future – this exhibit categorizes numerous fearless female drivers and highlights their place in history. Featuring the stories of legendary drivers such as Jutta Kleinschmidt, Desiré Wilson, Shirley Muldowney, Sarah Fisher, Louise Smith, Danica Patrick and Lyn St. James, the exhibition will also include a collection of racecars, helmets, racing suits, trophies and awards, photographs, audio visual elements and other media which further reveal the strides these women have made in this particular sport. An interactive kiosk will also be available for visitors to research drivers and dive deeper into their biographies and accomplishments.

Lyn St. James is also a part of a new educational initiative, powered by The Henry Ford, called captures the stories of some of the most influential innovators, creative thinkers and risk takers changing our world today. The purpose of this site is to ignite in users that “can-do” spirit and inspire a culture of innovation. St. James, a legendary groundbreaker in the racing world, was the first interview conducted by The Henry Ford for this project. Her oral history will be previewed on the site along with other innovators including Steve Wozniak, Elon Musk and Don Chadwick.

Stories from Women in the Winner’s Circle: The Traveling Exhibit are part of The Henry Ford’s collection and will be featured in the institution’s upcoming $15 million, 22,000 square foot permanent exhibition on American auto racing called Racing in America.   

About The Henry Ford
The Henry Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is the world’s premiere history destination and a National Historic Landmark that celebrates American history and innovation. Its mission is to provide unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Its purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate more than 1.6 million visitors annually: Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre. The Henry Ford is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates 485 students a year on the institution’s campus and was founded in partnership with The Henry Ford, Ford Motor Company and Wayne County Public Schools. For more information please visit our website

Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation
Women in the Winner’s Circle Foundation is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization dedicated to professional development for talented, up-and-coming young women race car drivers and encourages women to pursue opportunities in automotive fields.  The Women in the Winner's Circle Foundation conducts two primary programs: the Driver Development Academy and Project Podium. To participate in the Women in the Winner's Circle exhibit, contact Katie Pallone,

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