Men vs Women: Madeline Neill and Steve Johnson join Ava Calderon in Le Mans car race

Men usually organise three-team teams in cars while women rely on cars four-and-a-half years their junior Tatiana Calderon is challenging all-male opinions on the men and women in motor sport by teaming up with…

Men vs Women: Madeline Neill and Steve Johnson join Ava Calderon in Le Mans car race

Men usually organise three-team teams in cars while women rely on cars four-and-a-half years their junior

Tatiana Calderon is challenging all-male opinions on the men and women in motor sport by teaming up with two drivers who are five years her junior.

The driver has teamed up with Madeline Neill and Steve Johnson for a single-seat team in the $4m (£2.6m) historic American Le Mans Series.

The trio are challenging the union between two-time drivers of the year Neill and Johnson – who had been joined together by four-time champions Benoit Treluyer and Harald Welge.

Former Indianapolis 500 winner Neill and Johnson are both of Belgian descent, while 25-year-old Calderon hails from Colombia.

Their team, called PRiCE, describe themselves as the “only all-female team in US Le Mans competition with unprecedented experience and competition”.

“The mission for us is, we want to pave the way for others,” said Calderon, who raced for Williams in American F1 and IndyCar in 2014 and has finished fourth in two IndyCar Grand Prix.

“We don’t want to just be doing it for ourselves, because we do want to pave the way for other young girls to see themselves in these positions.”

All three drivers have experience in Le Mans and “troubled times” in F1.

Calderon, who has competed in IndyCar, US F1 and race walkers, has a medical history which led to her being dropped from F1 earlier this year.

Neill, 42, went on loan to the Manor team in 2014 and finishes second behind Patrick Carpentier, 37, in the 2017 F1 Pirelli World Challenge standings.

Frenchman Johnson, 27, had been driving for Andy Priaulx when the team was named Grove after his second Le Mans win in 2010.

PRiCE are based in Ohio but based in Havana in Cuba, where Johnson is a cousin.

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