Irish Touring Car Star Nicole Drought has been invited to become an Ambassador for the Sean Edwards Foundation and she will represent them in Ireland. Having travelled to Germany and France with the Foundation earlier this year, and enjoyed a successful Porsche GT3 Supercup test at Le Castellet, Nicole now joins names such as Susie Wolff and Le Mans 24 Hour winner Brendon Hartley as one of their Ambassadors.
Daphne McKinley, Sean Edwards Foundation:
We are delighted to welcome Nicole onboard as our first ever Irish Ambassador for the foundation. The Sean Edwards Foundation is a non-profit organization focused on raising safety awareness in motorsport. We work directly with drivers, teams and tracks to conceive and implement risk mitigation initiatives throughout all levels of racing.
Like many motorsport-focused charities before it, the Sean Edwards Foundation was born out of tragedy. Sean Edwards was killed in Australia on October 15, 2013. He was coaching a rookie driver from the passenger seat when the car left the track and hit a concrete wall. Sean was just 26 years old. Several factors contributed to Sean’s death, but had better attention been paid to simple safety procedures he would be still racing today. My hope is that his sacrifice will be a catalyst to improve safety conditions and awareness in all levels of motorsport. In motorsport the stakes can be tragically high but our mission is simple: I want drivers to live to race another day. In just over a century motorsport has grown to become one of the most popular pastimes in the world. But that runaway success has also created fundamental problems where safety is concerned. Racing is inherently dangerous and SEF’s objective is to minimize the risks outside of drivers’ control by:
Promoting critical issue awareness, creating safety education programs, providing professional mentorship opportunities, advocating for needed changes or regulations, implementing standardized safety assessment tools and lobbying stakeholders to create mutually beneficial solution
Nicole Drought, Sean Edwards Foundation Ambassador: “It’s an honour for me to act as an Ambassador for the Sean Edwards Foundation. Motorsport is a wonderful sport but by its nature can be very dangerous so I fully support any initiatives which improve safety conditions. I look forward to my involvement with the Foundation and hopefully helping to make motorsport safer.”
Nicole’s next race is at Mondello Park on June the 12th.
For more information on Nicole Drought please see Nicole.ie
Nicole Drought, 21 is a race driver from Roscrea in County Tipperary. In 2015 she made her race debut and scored 5 podiums in the Irish Touring Car Championship.
In September 2015, she was named by Motorsport Ireland as their Driver of The Month, an accolade which includes a nomination for the Young Driver Of The Year Award. She is a student of Accountancy in the University of Limerick.
In 2016 she was invited to Le Castellet in the South of France by The Sean Edwards Foundation to complete a 2 day test at the wheel of a 470bhp Porsche GT3 Supercup.
She currently competes in the Production Class of the 2016 Irish Touring Car Championship and won at the opening round at Mondello Park in March. Nicole is supported by IT Monkey, Gem Oils and Stapleton’s Bakery.