Megan Reitenour, a first year NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver was invited to attend the seventh annual Women in The Winner's Circle Luncheon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana and the eighth annual Jeff Gordon Foundation Celebrity Bowling Tournament at the Western Bowl in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Co-hosting at the Women in the Winner's Circle Event with St. James, was ESPN sports broadcaster Jamie Little. Committed sponsors include NASCAR, USAC, Indy Racing League/Indy Pro Series, NHRA, Champ Car World Series/Atlantic Series, American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Grand-Am, and National City Bank.
The day started with a driver's meeting where the agenda was reviewed and the women rehearsed their entrances for the "walk of champions". The drivers where then released for a short period of time for the VIP Reception and to mingle with their guests, distinguished visitors and top executives from some of America's leading companies. The "walk of champions" then took place. Following the VIP Reception, each driver was introduced with a list of their career highlights and accomplishments. Reitenour was honored for her participation in the Project Podium and for earning a position in the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program.
Following the "walk of champions" various awards were given, including the Mildred Marcum Pioneer Award presented to Gertrude Crain. The Leadership Award was presented to Tom Binford. The Kara Hendrick Award was presented to Lynsey Tilton.
Following the Women in the Winner's Circle festivities, Reitenour was invited to be a participant in the Jeff Gordon Foundation Celebrity Bowing Tournament. This event was by invitation only and every dollar raised from the bowling tournament will be invested in the critical, lifesaving pediatric research being conducted at Riley's Hospital. Team members bowled three games, each with a different celebrity, as well as having their team photo taken with four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jeff Gordon. A live auction was held and filled with items from celebrities, athletes and sports teams, along with a chance to win prizes through the "Pins for Pediatrics" game. Megan and three of her team members from the Diversity Program teamed up for the celebrity event that benefited the Riley Hospital for Children.
Megan said, "It was truly a very busy day, but I honestly can't remember having as much fun as I did today. The Women in The Winner's Circle is always an event that I look forward to every year. It is truly an honor to be asked to participate. Lyn does so much in an effort to try and help females in racing and we are fortunate to have her on our side. This year was the first year for Drive for Diversity Program to have a team in Jeff Gordon Celebrity Bowing Tournament and I was thrilled to have been asked to participate. It was a blast to team up with three of my Diversity Teammates and Mr. Jadotte. I realize I'm a better racer than bowler, but it was for a great cause and put an end to a great day."