Australian motorsport is rich in history, and women continue to play a crucial role in furthering the reach and impact of the Repco Supercars Championship.
March 8 marks International Women's Day, which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.
From broadcast to administration, and team ownership to communications, several critical roles in the category are steered by females.
Supercars.com has moved to celebrate some of the women who have helped take the category to the next level, such as Shannen Kiely, who on Monday was named as an ambassador for the FIA Girls on Track programme.
Erebus Motorsport's Shannen Kiely (L) with Betty Klimenko
Kiely has been a fixture of Betty Klimenko's Erebus Motorsport squad for five years, and enters 2021 as the team's managing director.
This year, Kiely has linked up with the global, not-for-profit initiative, which is the brainchild of former Formula 1 development driver Susie Wolff.
The initiative, which expanded into Australia in 2018, will see free events provided throughout the year for young women to participate in with the aim of increasing interest in STEM subjects.
"Motorsport is something I have been around for almost my entire life, so it was a natural path for me," Kiely said.
"For many others though a career in motorsport isn’t something that would cross their minds, so it’s important to educate our next generation of girls about what opportunities are out there for them.
"I have seen the amazing work FIA Girls on Track have done for many years now, and I am very proud to be named as one of their ambassadors.
"I hope I can help inspire as many girls as possible to think outside the box and consider a career in motorsport.
"The door is open to anyone that is willing to take on the challenge and we want to see more female participation across all areas."
Triple Eight's Jess Dane
Kiely is part of a wider family of communications representatives for main game teams, such as Dick Johnson Racing's Megan Crockford, Team 18's Sarah Paull, Brad Jones Racing's Hayley Tyrell, Matt Stone Racing's Bek Davey and Triple Eight Race Engineering's Jess Dane.