The Fastest Student in TTUISD

by KAYCE CLARK

December 03, 2008

Kathryne may well be the fastest student in TTUISD. At age 17, she has won more than 60 feature races in her sprint racing car. Last year, Kathryne won Rookie of the Year and finished 8th in points in the American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) National Tour. She is currently sitting 11th in ASCS points out of nearly 200 of the nation’s top drivers. She is also the first female to ever have her sprint car die-cast.

Kathryne used to spend her time as a ballerina before receiving her first race car from her dad. She said her competitive nature made the transition easy. "There is no other thrill like the one you get while racing. I have played many other sports, and nothing can compare to the way you feel when you put your suit on and get strapped in the car."

Because racing takes Kathryne all over the country and even the world – she's looking to race in Australia for three months in the near future – she knew conventional school could not provide her with the flexibility she needed. She was considering Texas Tech University for college when a counselor told her about TTUISD. Kathryne said her favorite part of the program is that it is challenging, even though she is not in a traditional classroom.

When she is not on the track, Kathryne said she is usually preparing her race car and equipment for racing, which she does two or three times each weekend. "I do enjoy the normal teenage things," Kathryne said. "Most of my friends are into racing, so we enjoy goofing off at places like Putt-Putt© and Speedzone©!"

Kathryne said she hopes to eventually make it in a higher division such as NASCAR, but her main goal no matter where she races is to make a difference in the world of racing for females. She plans to attend college for marketing, so if she is not racing long-term, she can help racing teams receive sponsorships.

For more information about Kathryne’s race team, visit www.mint13.com.

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