(Ron Lewis photo)

:  Do you see yourself as a role model for other young women who might want a career in auto racing?

EE: I strive really hard to be a good role model. Ever since the Disney movie [Right on Track, made in 2003], it's given me a platform to be a positive role model for kids who maybe don't have a strong female in their life. That's why I said what I did after I won in Chicago. My whole life – besides my dad and the people who surround me – I've always been told I can't and I won't and I'm not good enough and I'm not smart enough and I'm not pretty enough. I got told that a million times that I couldn't do it. I want the kids to who are being told they can't do something to know that they can. All they have to do is work hard.

:  What is the hardest thing you do in racing?

EE: Travel.

:  Is your team funded for the future and are you involved in securing sponsorship?

EE: Yes and yes. We brought the current deal to the Cagnazzi team, and with my marketing education, I work hard at all sides of the sponsorship.

:  Can you tell us something about yourself that your fans don't know?

EE: I'm scared of the dark.

:  How would you like to be remembered when you career is over?

EE: Well, I hope it's over when I'm old and gray. I hope people remember me for busting my butt and pushing through discrimination and chauvinism. And for my perseverance and determination – and one awesome racecar driver.

:  Traditionally we ask our interview subjects two last questions: Boxers or briefs, and what music they're listening to on the radio. In your case we’ll just ask you what music you listen to.

EE: I'm a big country music fan, and I like Eric Church a lot right now.