After a successful karting career to date, Zoey Edenholm is ready for the next step in her career.
She recently announced that she would be one of the rookies taking part in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, driving a Cooper Tire USF2000 Series Powered by Mazda entry for BN Racing.
“I’m excited to be testing at the Chris Griffis Test,” she told POPULAR OPEN WHEEL. “It’s a great opportunity that I’m very thankful for, and will prepare me enough for the upcoming season.”
Going into the test, which takes place on October 21 and 22, she plans to work hard and use it as a learning experience, with a focus on seat time and getting to know the team.
The desire to take part in the test and take part in the Mazda Road to Indy is based on her ultimate goal – eventually competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series one day.
“I’ve been following IndyCar racing for a while now,” she said. “I went and shadowed James Hinchcliffe (at Long Beach) – he’s like one of my biggest role models, and I look up at him.”
Throughout the Long Beach Grand Prix, Hinchcliffe showed her the ins-and-outs of the sport, whether it be on or off the track.
“The biggest part that he was telling me was that the time it takes and effort you have to put in,” she said. “It’s not just a career, but your lifestyle, and you have to 100% commit into doing it. It’s not just about the racing. It’s about the outside interviews, fan events.”
She knows going from go-karts to cars is a big step, but feels right now is the right time, being young and knowing she can be successful with the right amount of time and effort.
For Edenholm, she got interested in racing at a young age, through watching her father and cousin race.
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