PE teenager tries out for Nascar
South African karting ace Vicki Kemp is in California competing against some of the world's best young circuit racers around for a chance to drive in the prestigious Nascar Cup.
The Port Elizabeth teenager was selected as one of only 40 young motor racing talents from around the globe to compete in the 2010 Nascar Driver Talent Search and Shoot-Out in Sacramento, California.
Kemp, who is only 19, started her racing career at age 10 when her father Eugene bought her a 60cc GP Junior kart.
She achieved success in 2007, becoming the first girl to win a South African National Karting championship.
In 2010 Kemp got behind the wheel of a V8 supercar and completed her first Regional event at Aldo Scribante circuit.
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Her eyes are set on becoming the first South African women to compete in the Nascar series in the US and sees her selection for the 2010 tests as a step closer to realising this dream.
“I was really excited when I heard I’d been chosen but I first had to get a US visa. Luckily I passed that test and now I can focus on achieving success at the academy,” said Kemp.
The Shoot-Out is run by the Ron Sutton Winner’s Circle, a talent scout and driver development programme focused on finding and developing young talent for the Nascar Cup. Although receiving more than 700 resumes each year from young drivers and their parents only 40 drivers are selected to do full track testing and try-outs, with an even smaller group chosen to join the three-year programme at the academy.
The academy offers an extensive driving course which includes advanced driver training, experience with race crews, career guidance and contact with talent scouts, driving coaches, team personnel, team managers and owners.
Kemp will return to South African on Friday in time for the final race of the 2010 WesBank Super Series at Kyalami - to be run over the last weekend of November.