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Next year's Indianapolis 500 could have a new look with an all-female race team

  • Driver Katherine Legge, right, and Beth Paretta announce the formation of Grace Autosport, the first all female IndyCar Series racing team during a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 15, 2015.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Driver Katherine Legge, right, and Beth Paretta announce the formation of Grace Autosport, the first all female IndyCar Series racing team during a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Driver Katherine Legge, right, and Beth Paretta announce the formation of Grace Autosport, the first all female IndyCar Series racing team during a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 15, 2015.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Driver Katherine Legge, right, and Beth Paretta announce the formation of Grace Autosport, the first all female IndyCar Series racing team during a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, May 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

An all-female team might be competing at next year's Indianapolis 500.

Driver Katherine Legge is teaming with veteran motorsports executive Beth Paretta to form an organization that hopes to be at the 100th running of the showcase race.

Grace Autosport will champion empowering women in motorsports. Its push will be to encourage a new generation of women to pursue careers in science, technology engineering and math in auto racing.

Legge has a long career as a driver, with two career Indy 500 starts. She currently competes in sports cars. Paretta will be the team principal and is the former motorsports director for SRT Motorsports/Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

The team already has hired four women to behind-the-scenes roles. Among them is aerodynamicist Catherine Crawford, who has been an engineer on several sports car and open wheel teams.