|When she was 30, Ingrid Irby discovered a deep passion for racing. She immediately demonstrated eye-catching abilities in karting, drag racing, and autocrossing with truly extraordinary fearlessness and remarkable times. Ingrid was then professionally trained by the Bertil Roos Racing School, and also received one-on-one instruction in sports cars from racer and SPEED TV commentator Justin Bell.|
In late July 2004, she was granted a racing license by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). Within just over a year of competitive experience, Ingrid had already raced two different types of open wheel cars and two sports cars in various events in Virginia, Georgia, and Alabama. She was soon carrying a National racing license and was scheduled to be awarded a Pro license, until a sports-related injury sidelined her, and chartible work kept her out of competition until 2009.
Ingrid is often asked "how did you discover that you loved racing?" The answer one gets is likely to be about being behind the wheel of her first high-performance car, but Ingrid's intense desire to be one of the world's best racers is inarguably a product of her highly competitive nature and an intuitive, analytical mind. A track and field and cross-country athlete earlier in her life, she's a perfectionist and a natural die-hard problem-solver. She's always assessing and fixing what needs work, running mental laps, and utilizing the Roos Racing techniques while feeding her addiction to speed.
While her goal is to compete at the top levels of open wheel racing in North America, including the Cooper Tires Atlantic Championship powered by Mazda, Ingrid is also considering opportunities to drive an even faster open wheel car in Europe. She follows the careers of many racers she's met over the years, including Sebastien Bourdais, Katherine Legge, Simona De Silvestro, and Bryan Herta. Ingrid also remains inspired by Lyn St. James' tireless efforts to benefit other women in racing.