Emma Kimiläinen who competed in the inaugural season of the W Series in 2019 says her journey is still unfinished after she revealed on Monday in a podcast that in 2010, at the age of 20 she was in talks with an Indy Lights team but the talks ended when she revealed that part of the deal was that her team demanded she pose topless.

Kimiläinen refused to identify the team but speaking on Twitter on Monday about the podcast, Kimiläinen who raced against Marcus Ericsson who now competes in the NTT IndyCar Series and Valtteri Bottas who now competes in Formula One for the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team and says that they were never asked to take part in any such photoshoots.

Kimiläinen tweeted:

There has obviously happened many bizarre cases in my 28-year-long career and one of them was when I was offered an Indy lights drive ~10 years ago but I should have posed in topless photos in “a quality men’s magazine”. I of course declined that offer without a doubt. 2/6

I’m proud being part of @WSeriesRacing and changing the face of msport.

I’m sure that also male drivers have bizarre stories to tell because where there’s big money involved there’s also politics. That combination leads to weird situations, beyond gender and sports. 5/6

Even if I feel a bit shy to raise “attention” by saying all this aloud, I must say that as a mother to a 7yo girl, I’m so glad and proud about the progress of women’s rights and gender equality in the world. There’s still lots to do but the direction is definitely right.🙏 6/6

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