British up-and-coming racing star Emily Linscott has won the first Powering Diversity Scholarship and secured a seat in F4 US with Kiwi Motorsport. You can now support Emily and Pippa Mann's efforts to crowdfund her season.
British racing driver Emily Linscott impressed last year in the Lucas Oil School of Racing championship, where she scored a podium, several Top-5 finishes, a pole position and two fastest laps – all while travelling alone to the US in the midst of the pandemic chaos in the first months of 2020.
The 18-year old driver has now secured one of the scholarships for the PMH Powering Diversity Programme in America, which will grant her the entry fees to all of the six 2021 race weekends – that’s 18 races – plus every official promoter test days throughout the 2021 season in the Formula 4 US Championship.
Linscott signed a contract with Kiwi Motorsport, one of the most successful teams in the series with three consecutive team titles and the 2019 driver championship.
“I’m so grateful to Tony Parella of Parella Motorsport Holdings for awarding me the PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship this year,” said Emily. “We have been speaking to Teena Larsen (Kiwi Motorsport co-owner) about racing with Kiwi Motorsport in the F4 U.S. Championship Powered by Honda for a couple of years now, but I’ve never managed to raise enough budget to do it."
"The scholarship has really helped me secure the drive with Kiwi Motorsport, so I aim to make the best use of it when I’m on and off the track to repay his and Kiwi Motorsport’s faith in me as being a positive role model for diversity in motorsport representative.”
Emily is the first of three PMH Powering Diversity Scholarship winners and will continue to be coached by IndyCar driver Pippa Mann, a mentoring relationship that started in 2019.
“Taking a step back from being Emily’s coach, as one of the management team of Shift Up Now, I’m proud to see our Athletes being recognized,” Pippa said.
“I first met Emily at Lucas Oil School of Racing. They ran a scholarship in my name to help talented female racers make the transition from karting, or in Emily’s case from Ginetta Junior, to open wheel cars."
"Emily was a stand-out candidate on paper, and so, despite the fact she lived in the UK, the Lucas Oil School of Racing awarded her with two free days of race car seat time, with coaching. Once myself and the other coaches saw Emily drive for the first time, I knew we had to help her come back.”
Besides the scholarship provided by PMH and the support of some companies, a title sponsor for Linscott's 2021 campaign is still missing. In 2020, Linscott and Mann launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance Emily's season in the Lucas Oil School of Racing championship, which was successful. The two women have now launched a new fundraising campaign: the focus is on the first half of the season and is represented by a flexible goal of 35,000$ (approx 29,000 Euros).
After 24 hours since the launch of the project, 62% of the goal has already being reached and still many exclusive perks are available. You can choose between a branded hoodie, hats, racing shoes, a used F4 tire – or many more – to support Emily in her 2021 journey and up the ranks of the American single-seater ladder, which will hopefully see Linscott closer and closer to a future in the NTT IndyCar Series.
You can find the campaign until end of March at the following link: #GetInvolved with Emily Linscott 2021
The F4 U.S. season will start at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanto from 26th to 28th March.