Michaela Stanton was 12 years old, a competitive cheerleader like her older sister, when she told her dad she wanted to give auto racing a try.
Her dad, Jeff, was a regular at Ventura Raceway, attending races as a fan for decades. He was elated that his daughter wanted to start racing instead of dragging him to cheerleading competitions. But her real debut comes in August when the 15-year-old junior midget racer can break out her sports compact car and race against the adults.
For more on her development as a racer, click here for the Daily News story.