After seeing our favorite IRL driver in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition win her first race, we were convinced that what motor racing needs is more female drivers. With the glass ceiling showing more and more cracks, we're encouraged by the news that Swiss rising star Natacha Gachnang will be among the drivers competing in the inaugural season of the new Formula 2 championship.

Racing fans who watch the junior leagues like football fans watch college games will know the 21-year-old Gachnang from her promising career so far. This year she finished a solid third place in the Spanish Formula 3 championship and second in the Copa de España. Before that she was on our side of the Atlantic, racing in the Star Mazda series where she finished in the top ten in each race. At the same time she was driving in the F3 Euro Series and in Austrian Formula 3, where she finished a solid fourth.

Other drivers already signed on for the new FIA series, which is being run by Jonathan Palmer with Audi-powered Williams chassis, include Armaan Ebrahim, Tobias Hegewald, Julien Jousse, Jason Moore and Robert Wickens. Natacha, however, cousin to Toro Rosso hopeful Sebastien Buemi, is up to the challenge, with the ultimate goal of reaching Formula One. We'll be watching, and you can start by checking out some of Natacha's glamor shots and images from her short but successful racing career in the gallery below.

[Source: F1-Live, images courtesy of]

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