When the Indy 500 drivers start their engines on May 24, there will be a woman gearhead in the pits for the first time.
When Venezuelan driver Milka Duno qualified for the 93rd Indianapolis 500, it gave team member Anna Chatten the chance to make 500 history on May 24. Chatten, who works on the No. 23 Dreyer & Reinbold entry’s gearbox, also lifts the car with an air jack during pit stops on race day.
“For me to be able to do it with another female driving, it’s obviously a huge accomplishment for the sport,” Chatten said. “You think about how women didn’t even stand near pit lane 30 years ago.”
Driver Danica Patrick will start in the 10th spot Sunday.
Race historians believe Chatten will be the first female crew member “over the wall” in this race.
This is what Chatten, 29, of Peoria, Ill., has dreamed of since her father brought her to the Indy 500 in 1992. Chatten has worked her way to this spot, spending six years in Champ Car for Walker Racing and working this year in Firestone Indy Lights.