If you are a car racing enthusiast, you know what it means to be a race engineer. They are the crew chiefs who stand in the pits, acting as coaches, guiding the mechanics and the drivers. They are just as pumped with adrenaline as the racers, making split second decisions, ultimately giving the boost the driver needs so that he stands a chance to win. It is a largely male-dominated world, and one woman, that too an Indian, has managed to make her way through, right to the top— Leena Gade.
Gade is the proud owner of one of the most impressive resumes in the field of professional sports car racing. As a race engineer for the Audi Sport Team Joest in the World Endurance Championship (WEC), she has won most of the races, and has emerged winner of the series championship. In 2011, she became the first female race engineer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is considered to be one of the most important races in the sports car racing arena.