The Screen to Speed competition will provide a pathway for women to get into real world motorsport through esports.
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In the world of professional sim racing, the representation of women has a long way to go. It’s better than it used to be, but there are still significant improvements to be made. Many competitions out there have attempted to encourage more female participation, and another is doing just that in the form of Screen to Speed.
The series will take the form of a documentary-style show in a similar vein to World’s Fastest Gamer. Running from 19 December 2022 until 12 February 2023 through iRacing, the best 15 participants along with five influencers will compete onsite alongside the Pennzoil 400 in Las Vegas on 4 March 2023. Prizes that can be won include $15,000, a racing simulator and a real world test with a racing team.
That real world test comes in the form of one with Kelly-Moss Road and Race. This team have raced most prominently in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA, winning six championships across 14 seasons.
Many of their alumni have also gone on to great things, such as Jesse Lazare. The Canadian raced for them for many years, including many of their Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge titles. He then went on to win his class on debut in the 24 hours of Daytona back in 2017.
Aim of Screen to Speed
Stefy Bau – founder of Init Esports – has stated that Screen to Speed serves more than just finding the best women in sim racing, and it’s also to encourage more girls who haven’t yet taken up sim racing to give it a try.
The idea started as a way to meet the younger demographic where they are online and show them the different doors into the motorsports industry. As a former professional racer, I have experienced first-hand the difficulties to get into motorsports as a female.
We want to change that and inspire everyone to go for their dreams. During my racing career I was featured as a character in a videogame and now having a company that focuses on bringing more women and minorities into esports and motorsports is so rewarding
How to Enter
The tournament is open to any and all women who have a subscription to iRacing. All hopeful participants will be driving the Las Vegas Motor Speedway road course with the Next Gen NASCAR Cup Series Ford Mustang.
To register and find out more, head over to the official Screen to Speed website. They also intend to broadcast the finale on Twitch, YouTube and ESTV so follow them on Twitter to find out how you can view the streams.
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