British 17-year old Emily Linscott has secured a Lucas Oil Racing School full season with a successful crowdfunding campaign.
The young racer, coached by Indy 500 veteran Pippa Mann, launched her crowdfunding campaign #GetInvolved to secure the last third of the budget for her 2020 Lucas Oil Racing School full season.
Mann has been working closely with Linscott in the last year and set up the crowdfunding herself: the target of 35,000 USD (31,800€) was reached within 10 days of the launch and sold quickly some of the important perks.
Emily Linscott, a 17-year old British racer, competed in selected races in 2019 and will now join the first step of the American open wheel ladder, the official racing school for the Road to Indy. Linscott finished third in the Lucas Oil School of Racing Team Cooper Tire Scholarschip shoot-out earlier this winter and will be preparing to further progress in the US-based program.
"Over the past several years I have met many aspiring young racing drivers, and Emily is one of the best female racers whom I have ever met." - wrote Pippa Mann on the crowdfunding platform. "Based on everything I've seen so far, I think she can go all the way. But unless we help, her story is going to end before it even starts."
"All race fans know that so many young drivers drop off the ladder due to lack of funding, and so many race fans want to see this situation change. This is your opportunity to #GetInvolved and help be the change you want to see for a talented racer."
Together with some very accessible packages, other perks offered in return for the support included exclusive rewards such as a karting race with Linscott, the supporter's name on Linscott's car and the chance to win the driver's race worn race suit and helmet.
"I’ve been completely blown away by the massive support I’ve had for this campaign, I honestly can’t believe how lucky I am to have such incredible people backing and believing in me." - Emily told us. "Having a full season of open wheel racing in the Lucas Formula Series will make a huge difference to my racing career. It will give me the chance to learn my craft even more, show my pace and hopefully win some races, with the main aim of taking the title at the end of it."
"Then I’ll be looking towards the bigger step up to USF2000 for 2021 on the Road To Indy! I want to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped me get here but the biggest thank you has to go to Pippa for everything she does for me, and to my amazing parents too.”
Although successfully reaching its target budget, the campaign is set to run until the end of February: fans willing to support the talented driver can still get involved, as all the funds raised will play a major role in enhancing Linscott's opportunities throughout the first steps of her single-seaters career.
The 2020 Lucas Oil Racing School schedule includes 6 championship events, all featuring 3 races per weekend plus one non-championship round in Laguna Seca.
Find more information about the campaign here.
In Emily´s words:
"I’ve been completely blown away by the massive support I’ve had for this campaign, I honestly can’t believe how lucky I am to have such incredible people backing and believing in me."
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