Half of the Extreme E grid now has an All-Tournament competitor as part of its series activities, underscoring the importance of the effort in the championship.
We caught up with Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E’s Lanna Campbell about her experience working from home, as well as planning for 2023.
Following the program’s launch in 2022, half of the Extreme E grid now has a World Championship contender as part of its racing team.
Based on the findings of the Hamilton Commission, Racing for All is creating opportunities for a new generation of technical and engineering talent to join the world’s leading off-road electric racing series. The program aims to reduce barriers and attract those who may not have opportunities, and especially encourage those who are women, ethnic minorities or from low socio-economic status to apply.
Racing for All Rookies Lanna Campbell (Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E), Amanda Kangai (Veloce Racing), Daanish Chilwan (#99 GMC HUMMER EV Chip Ganassi Racing), Calvin Langat (X44 Vida Carbon Racing) and Aisling Power (NEOM McLaren Extreme E Team ) were able to experience the inner workings of the Extreme E team at the Hydro X Prix, with duties ranging from recording data from runs, to car and body repairs.
For Lanna Campbell, who lives on the Isle of Arran in Scotland, working on an event at her home was a high point.
As a member of the Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E team, Lanna first followed all aspects of the racing team. After a full day of testing, Lanna was able to help build the car and body as well as assist the mechanics as needed with various tasks throughout the race weekend.
Lanna said: “It was a great opportunity to work with Andretti Altawkilat Extreme E. My old school teacher discovered Racing for All online and sent me, and I knew I had to take the opportunity.
“I followed all the team members to see and understand their work, and I also had the opportunity to help the mechanics fix the car and make the car vinyl. I absolutely loved it – had the time of my life! That experience made me want to work in motorsport now.
“The only thing that shocked me was how many and fast people can be between the stages of the track. Obviously, when you watch motorsport, TV doesn’t show you that side. But even understanding that was great. Every day is a learning day as they say! »
Additionally, EqualEngineers were on site in Glenmuckloch to provide engagement sessions supporting the All Racing Series participants, improving their practical and communication skills.
Extreme E has also worked closely with EqualEngineers throughout the development of this program, whose Pathways program helps engineering students from diverse backgrounds find work as engineering graduates.
In addition, EqualEngineers has launched the Edinburgh & South East Scotland Pathways programme, with the aim of reducing inequality within the region and mentoring future engineers.
Mark McBride-Wright, Founder and CEO, said: “We had a great time attending our first Extreme E event, in my sunny country of Scotland! I really enjoyed meeting the team around the track and seeing all the engineering that goes into race.
“We had a great training session with the media and Racing For All candidates, and I plan to stay in touch to see what opportunities we can support through EqualEngineers in the long term.”
Stay tuned for more details on the Extreme E Championship for All Participants and the valuable experience they have received through hard work and dedication throughout the tournament.
To learn more about Extreme E, visit – www.Extreme-E.com