Colombian driver Tatiana Calderon, who has been a Formula 1 test driver and ambassador with Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN for the last four years, becomes the first female driver to compete for AJ Foyt Racing in the American series.
Tatiana Calderon and living legend AJ Foyt - the only driver to win the Indy 500 (four times), Daytona 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, and 12 Hours of Sebring, have agreed on a deal that will see the 28-year-old entering the IndyCar 2022 season with the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet.
Speaking about this new step in her racing career, she said: “I’m thrilled and very thankful to Jonathan Kendrick, ROKiT, and AJ Foyt Racing for the opportunity to race in the NTT INDYCAR Series!
“Ever since I started my single-seater career in the United States eleven years ago, INDYCAR has been a reference for me, and it’s a dream come true to be on the grid this year! I can’t wait to get to St. Petersburg for the first race of the season!”
Remarking: “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.”
Calderon will be at the wheel of the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet in 12 of the 17 races on the season as she is signed to contest street and road courses, with no driver for the oval tracks unveiled, to this date.
In addition, the three-car team features drivers Kyle Kirkwood (2021 Indy Lights Series champion) in the No. 14 ROKiT Chevrolet and veteran Dalton Kellett in the No. 4 K-Line Insulators USA Chevrolet.
“I’m thrilled with the continuation and expansion of the ROKiT AJ Foyt Racing Team. We welcome Tatiana Caldern in car number 11, joining Kyle Kirkwood in car 14, both in the very cool ROKiT liveries. Tatiana showed a lot of potential in her test at Mid-Ohio. With Dalton Kellett in the No. 4 K-Line Insulators Chevrolet, I think our three-car team is in for an exciting season,” Foyt stated.
Last July, the Bogota native tested the No. 14 ROKiT Chevrolet at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, opening the door for conversations ahead of a new NTT INDYCAR season.
The first Latin American female driver at the wheel of a Formula 1 car is used to break new grounds in motorsport.
In 2019, she contested the FIA Formula 2 championship joining BWT Arden Team, becoming the first female driver to compete on the Formula One feeder series.
Co-founder and Chairman of the ROKiT Group, Kendrick, commented: “One of our fundamental principles in the overall marketing of the ROKiT brand worldwide is our support and promotion of women in motorsport and, as part of that principle, we’ve supported Tatiana for a long time now.”
Adding: “We recognized her talent and charisma early on, which we’ve seen grow and develop, so we’re very excited to be expanding our partnership with Larry and the AJ Foyt Racing Team by having Tatiana drive the No. 11 ROKiT Chevrolet. We know Tatiana is already a role model to many young female drivers around the world and we think the huge exposure of the NTT INDYCAR Series will serve only to increase her reach even further to become an inspiration to many more women to get involved in motorsports.”
During the last two seasons, Calderon competed in Super Formula Japan with the ThreeBond Drago Corse team, combining a full-time program, racing for Richard Mille Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). She took on the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans race for a second time with the team last year.
This week, Calderon and Kirkwood will test in Sebring, Florida, with both drivers set to make their INDYCAR Series debut in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on February 27th.