NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – The driver who won the inaugural Music City Grand Prix last year is on a roll.
Marcus Ericsson is riding high after winning the Indy 500 in May, and he’s back in Nashville this weekend to defend his victory.
On Thursday, WSMV’s Lauren Lowrey spoke with the woman who was part of the winning team that made that Indy 500 win happen and as she prepares for Sunday’s race in Nashville.
Angela Ashmore is an engineer on car #8 – the one in which Ericsson won. In May, Ashmore became the first woman to be part of a winning Indy 500 team. Her role as an assistant engineer is crucial. As part of her work, she writes mathematical channels to measure the fuel consumption of the car.
“So there’s basically a computer on the car that’s collecting data,” Ashmore said. “Hundreds of sensors all over the car that measure everything you can imagine. They come in the form of tensions and you have to turn that tension into load – how many pounds of load is on that push rod or drop link – stuff like that.
During race day, Ashmore’s primary role is fuel strategy, including fuel windows, when they will run out and if they need to save fuel to adjust their windows; what kind of mileage they have to cover; if they try to go one more lap.
During a stop, it is she who helps fuel the car in six seconds, or three gallons per second.
Six-time IndyCar Series winner Scott Dixon works with Ashmore in Ganassi racing. Dixon remarked on the difference Ashmore and other women have made to the team and what it has meant for girls around the world.
“I’m a father of daughter,” Dixon said. “I have a 10 and a 13 and just for them to comment at the Indianapolis 500, which is our biggest race to say, ‘Who are these women on the team (and) in the pit? ‘ They work closely together in some of the toughest parts of what we do.
Ashmore has made such an impact that the team created a Women in Motorsports internship program this summer, where it hired five women to help propel the team into engineering and information technology, or computing.
Two women continue full time.
“Women bring a unique perspective to these issues,” Ashmore said. “It is important to have these points of view.
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