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Calderón joins IndyCar as 1st woman to drive for AJ Foyt

The Colombian will drive a third IndyCar entry for Foyt on the street and road courses this year alongside Dalton Kellett and Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood.
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FILE - Colombia's Formula One driver Tatiana Calderon poses with her crew as she becomes the first Latin American woman Formula One driver, at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, Oct. 30, 2018. Calderon will drive for AJ Foyt Racing in the 2022 season as the first woman to compete regularly in the IndyCar Series since 2013. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

INDIANAPOLIS — Tatiana Calderón will drive for AJ Foyt Racing this season as the first woman to compete regularly in the IndyCar Series since 2013. 

The Colombian will drive a third IndyCar entry for Foyt on the street and road courses this year alongside Dalton Kellett and Indy Lights champion Kyle Kirkwood. A driver for the oval races in the No. 11 was not announced. 

"I'm well aware of the challenge ahead, but this is the chance of a lifetime and I’m keen on making the most of it," Calderón said in a release from AJ Foyt Racing.

Calderón will be sponsored by ROKiT Group. That is a media group that has also committed to sponsoring fellow rookie Kirkwood this season. 

Simona de Silvestro in 2013 was the last woman to compete regularly in IndyCar. De Silvestro raced in the 2021 Indianapolis 500 for Paretta Autosport, completing 169 laps before retiring due to a crash. 

Calderón will be the first female driver for the 87-year-old Foyt. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Calderón "showed a lot of potential" during a test session at Mid-Ohio.

"I think our three-car team is in for an exciting season," Foyt said.

Calderón will make her IndyCar debut at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on Sunday, Feb. 27. The race will be shown at noon EST on NBC.

She is scheduled to race twice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on road course races May 14 and July 30. In all, Calderón will drive in 12 of the 17 races on the IndyCar schedule this season.