Hyundai Hosts 2021 Virtual Motorsports Event for Women in STEM



Since 1979, women have outnumbered men on college campuses, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. However, women remain outnumbered in STEM majors in college and make up just 28% of the STEM workforce.

To bridge the gap and give female STEM students an opportunity to learn about STEM careers in motorsports from an expert in the field, Hyundai Motor America will host an exclusive virtual motorsports event on Monday, June 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT.

This will be Hyundai’s second virtual motorsports event. Last year’s event featured Justin Jang, an engineer with Bryan Herta Autosport on the Hyundai Motorsports team, who discussed his own career journey into motorsports and explained why math and science are important on the race track.  

This year’s attendees will hear from Hyundai racing engineers and 25-year-old IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race driver Taylor Hagler.

Hagler, a driver with Bryan Herta Autosport on the Hyundai Motorsports team, is Hyundai’s first full-time female race car driver as well as a brand ambassador.

“Bryan Herta Autosport quickly showed they are the team to beat in IMPC,” Hagler said in a statement. “The Hyundai’s are fast and consistent. I figured out pretty quickly that if you can’t beat them, join them, and I knew we would be quick.”

Hagler switched to sports car racing in 2018 after 10 years in competitive equestrian show jumping. She is employed full-time at an aviation maintenance service company in San Antonio, Texas.

Taylor graduated with a BBA from The University of Texas at San Antonio, and intends to complete her MBA while pursuing a professional racing career.

Students interested in the Hyundai virtual event can register here. During the registration process, students can also submit questions that they would like addressed by the featured speakers during the event. 

Space is limited, so interested students should register sooner than later.

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