Gainbridge and Andretti Autosport Celebrate Women’s History Month with Special Guests and Livery at INDYCAR Season Opener
INDIANAPOLIS (February 28, 2023) - Andretti Autosport will join Gainbridge in recognizing and celebrating Women’s History Month by amplifying the voices of elite athletes Annika Sörenstam, Destanni Henderson, Gigi Fernández and Elizabeth Montavon at the NTT INDYCAR SERIES season opener in St. Petersburg, Florida. Each athlete’s organization including The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, Indiana Fever, Billie Jean King Cup by Gainbridge and Parity will be prominently displayed on a special livery across the rear wing of the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda driven by Andretti Autosport veteran race winner Colton Herta.
“In recognition of Women's History Month, we are excited to showcase our partnership with four premier women's sports properties on the livery of the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda,” stated Mike Nichols, Chief of Sponsorship Strategy and Activation for Group 1001. “We are honored to be joined by elite athletes representing each organization to celebrate their accomplishments while helping us elevate the sponsorship platform of women's sports.”
Annika Sörenstam, a professional golfer whose 15-year, Hall-of-Fame career changed the trajectory of women’s golf, will host the penultimate LPGA event of the season, The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, held at the Pelican Golf Club in the Tampa Bay area in November. In addition to joining Gainbridge and Andretti Autosport for the race weekend, the iconic pro golfer and founder of The ANNIKA Foundation will also give the official command as the Grand Marshal of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
“I’m so proud to have The ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican logo featured on Colton Herta’s No. 26 Gainbridge Honda alongside three other elite women’s sports organizations,” said Sörenstam. “I’m grateful to Gainbridge for giving women the platform to shine at the first NTT INDYCAR SERIES race of the season in Saint Petersburg. I’m also excited to meet Destanni Henderson and Elizabeth Montavon and to see my friend, Gigi Fernández. Bringing women together during the start of Women’s History Month is a great way to spotlight the growth of women in sport.”
Joining Sörenstam will be Destanni Henderson, a professional basketball player for the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, Gigi Fernández, a professional Hall of Fame tennis player representing the Billie Jean King Cup whose achievements include 17 Grand Slam Doubles Championships and two Olympic Gold Medals and Parity athlete and professional water skier Elizabeth Montavon, a nine-time National Champion, three-time All American, US Open Champion and member of the elite women’s slalom roster.
“We are honored to join Gainbridge in highlighting these four incredible athletes and the top-tier organizations that they represent this weekend in St. Petersburg,” said Marissa Andretti, Vice President, Andretti Autosport and Managing Director, Andretti Technologies. “Their elite talent and many successes push the boundaries for women everywhere and we are proud to amplify such a powerful message. Building meaningful partnerships within the motorsports industry that have a positive societal impact is a top priority at Andretti Autosport and we are proud that Gainbridge not only shares that passion but has also allowed us to be a part of their celebration of Women’s History Month.”
Gainbridge’s special livery honoring Women’s History Month will make its debut March 3-5 as the NTT INDYCAR SERIES hits the streets of St. Petersburg for the season opener.