The major event that defines motorsport in March

DirtFish's Women in Motorsport coordinator Josie Rimmer explains why the month of March is so important

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I didn’t sleep last night.

Well, I haven’t slept much for a handful of nights. Maybe weeks… who knows?

Today is the first day of Women’s Month – across America, across motorsport, across the world and surely in every corner of DirtFish. So… I’m too excited for sleep!

You know what I’m going to say: this truly is my favorite month of the year. And that Saturday’s Women in Motorsport Summit is my favorite event of the year. And that I start to look forward to both again on April 1, annually. And every year, I get to work with my favorite team to make it happen.

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Thrill rides are just part of what makes the Summit and Women's Month so special at DirtFish

You know all of this about me by now. But you have no idea what we have in store this time around.

Remember last year? We told you 2024 would be bigger, we told you it would be stronger… Here at the Fish, we like to keep our promises. While I can’t reveal it all to you just yet (you’ll have to get here to the Summit or watch the stream from around the world to see everything), I can say I am absolutely thrilled by all of it.

By now, you’ve seen our incredible line-up for the Summit itself: Michèle Mouton, Pernilla Solberg, Becs Williams, Michele Abbate, Vanessa Ruck and Jndia Erbacher are in the air with Seattle in their sights as we speak (or I type, you read…).

Having a group of women as influential as that assemble here at the school is like hitting the jackpot. I mean, come on! We are heading for one incredible, inspiring, awe-inducing day.


WRC legend Michèle Mouton will return to the Summit as a panelist this year

I’ll admit, when Michèle Mouton responded to my very excited, rambling message inviting her back to the Summit, I froze.


She wanted to come back.

Of course, when you write the text, you hope for this type of response. You hope that the Moutons and the Solbergs and the Williams’ of the world will say yes… and then they do.

And for Pernilla and Michèle – they’re saying yes for the second time. These are the moments that take your breath away. To say I’m honored is an understatement.

And all of our panelists joining us for the first time? I’m beyond grateful that they trust us to share their message. I honestly have a hard time wrapping my mind around it, what this event has become in only three years. The panelists we’re bringing in, the sponsors getting onboard – the people that believe in us. We’re making a difference. And we’re doing it around the world.

That’s the wildest part? That we started this initiative hoping it would take off, but that I still had this little voice in the back of my mind whispering that we were just this one tiny place tucked away in the Pacific Northwest. Could we have the impact we truly wanted to have?

And… we’re doing it. It’s happening. It’s mind boggling.


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And I’m honored.

There are a lot of cliches and platitudes I could insert here, but I won’t. I’ll instead tell you that this year I am the most present I’ve ever been, I’m the most inspired I’ve ever been, and I have the most faith I ever have that we’re absolutely, completely on the right path.

So.. *Caution: cheesy slogan!*: JOIN US!

Meet the women behind the wheel, calling the notes, rebuilding the engines. Let us show you what’s possible.

And don’t forget, throughout the month of March (and beyond, of course), you’ll find this corner of cyberspace packed with Women in Motorsport content. Read it. Watch it. Enjoy it. Live it.