Verena Mei began her career as a poster model for a tire company. She would pose for the camera in a tank top and tiny shorts and then sign her portrait for fans, most of them men.
So when she told friends she wanted to be a race car driver, she said, they would respond: “That’s cute, Verena.”
“That didn’t make me feel good because I had this dream, I had this drive within me,” she said. “Even at the track nobody would take me seriously.”
Mei had to prove her passion was genuine by showing up to the track alone, unloading her car herself, changing her own tires and doing her own repairs. She became a top competitor in the punishing sport of…