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Caitlyn Jenner explains thought process behind launching Jenner racing team

Former racing driver and Olympic champion, Caitlyn Jenner has launched a new team โ€“ Jenner Racing, which will compete in the third season of the W Series in 2024

The W Series consists of Formula 1 support races at eight Grand Prix weekends and will start in Miami in May. The series had a global reach of more than half-a-billion viewers in 2021 when it began its partnership with F1. In her role as team principal, Caitlyn Jenner will oversee the day-to-day running of Jenner Racing, driver line-up, car livery, and the acquisition of sponsors who are aligned with her mission of promoting women in sport and creating a platform for them in motorsport.

Speaking of her ambitions in the W Series, Jenner said, โ€œAs 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, the W Series is changing the face of motorsport.โ€

Jenner made it clear that her core objective is to ensure that the team wins the championship. โ€œI will be beaming with pride when my Jenner Racing team starts its bid for W Series glory on motor racingโ€™s greatest stage at the first race in Miami, in support of Formula 1. As has always been the case, Iโ€™m in it to win itโ€, she said.

Caitlyn Jenner has her fair share of experiences in motorsports

An Olympic champion in Decathlon, Jenner is no stranger to motorsport or F1 having first won a celebrity race at the Long Beach Grand Prix, California in 1979. Less than a year later, she debuted as a professional racing driver at the 24 Hours of Daytona race as part of Jim Busbyโ€™s team.

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Jenner went on to compete professionally in the IMSA Camel GT Championship as a factory driver for the Ford Motor Company and Jack Roush for the next six years, making a total of 57 starts.She came back in the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring alongside co-driver Scott Pruett, to whom Jenner would finish runner-up in the championship that year.

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