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Newly announced IndyCar driver Tatiana Calderon says there are more opportunities available to female racing drivers in American racing series than elsewhere in the motorsport world.

The former Formula 2 and World Endurance Championship racer was confirmed yesterday in a third Foyt-run car for the upcoming IndyCar season.

“IndyCar has always been on my radar,” said Calderon. “I’ve always been very competitive and I want to be where the best drivers are at and I think IndyCar is pretty high up there on the single seater ladder. I’ve always enjoyed single seaters quite a lot as well, so it’s a honour to be racing in IndyCar.”

Having spent much of the past 10 years racing in European-focused series, Calderon believes there are more opportunities available to drivers who are women in the US than in Europe.

“Here in America, in IndyCar, there have been many female drivers coming through. So I think there is more opportunity at the moment for us here.

“I will obviously make the most out of this opportunity and I’m really hoping that I can do well and inspire even more girls to join in in karting, in single-seaters and they know that this is also a great opportunity to showcase that.

Tatiana Calderon, Alfa Romeo, Paul Ricard, 2019 Alfa Romeo gave Calderon an F1 test in 2019

“I can’t wait to get started and see where we end up in the first race, but obviously build up to it step by step. And I think as long as we improve every time we’re on track, then I’ll be happy.”

Calderon will drive for the team in the 12 races which take place on road and street courses. Foyt said yesterday no driver has been signed yet for the five oval events.

However Calderon indicated she would be interested in tackling the series’ most famous oval race once she has accumulated more IndyCar experience.

“Obviously I’ve only tested the car one day back in July, so we thought to take things easy, to start off with the road courses, build up to hopefully a test in an oval, see how I feel, see how my confidence with the car comes.

“But of course who wouldn’t love to do the Indy 500 one day? So we’re just taking it step by step.”

The only woman to compete in IndyCar last year, Simona de Silvestro, contested the Indianapolis 500 for Paretta Autosport.

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