Caitlyn Jenner has announced she has purchased a W Series team, which will compete in the full 2022 championship.
Jenner is a former olympian and motorsport competitor. Competing in the IMSA Championship in the 1980s, making 57 race starts, claiming a second-place finish in the championship in 1986, as well as a class win at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
The former olympian is returning to motorsport as a team principal when the series kicks off in May.
Jenner’s role as team principal will have her oversee the day to day operations of the Jenner Racing team.
The team is yet to announce driver line-up, sponsors, or car livery.
“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 said.
“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.”
“W Series exists to promote women in motorsport, believing that they can compete equally with men if given the same opportunities,” Catherine Bond Muir Chief Executive Officer of the W Series said.
“We are determined to give females a platform and a pathway to succeed in our sport, and 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, 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.”
15 perspective W series drivers attend a test day at Inde Motorsports Ranch in Arizona last week.
The season will get underway May 6-8 in Miami.