Think back to when you were 19 years old. Many of us were celebrating the freedom of new adulthood and possibly still rocking our first cars. You may not have been lucky enough to be rolling into your 13th year of racing, like Ariel Biggs.
Ariel, who hails from Washington state, wrote us recently about her experiences in dirt track racing, which include time behind the wheel of Quarter Midgets, Midgets, and Sprint Cars, as well as some experience with a Dirt Late Model over the last 12 years. Ariel’s lengthy list of accomplishments includes multiple track championships and records in the QM and Midgets, accomplished by remaining a strongly consistent top three competitor. Early in her racing career, Ariel met Don Emery, who took interest in her talent and would sponsor her in her Quarter Midget years, which ultimately led her to win multiple championships with the I-5 QMC, before stepping up into the Ford Focus Midget class in 2009. Fast forward to 2011, Ariel earned her first main event win at the Fall Classic at Willamette Speedway which sent her into the Northwest Wingless tour, ISCS, ASCS, and the aforementioned DAA Dirt Late Model in 2012, along with the Don Emery Focus Midget. She rounded out the 2012 season with the Northwest Extreme Sprint series championship title.
Not long ago, I sat down with Ariel to gain some insight into her life, her racing career, and her future goals.
You must have so many heroes within the racing world. Tell me about one of them.
My number one is definitely Shawna Wilskey. Her competitors don’t look at her as a female—they look at her as a racer. She defies the odds. Also, Tony Stewart—because he’s the man.
It’s no secret that here at Circle Track, we are huge advocates of safety. Tell me a little bit about your safety equipment.
I wear a GForce CF helmet, a suit, Impact gloves, Simpson shoes, and a DefNder neck restraint. We actually used an article from Circle Track for my seat measurements.
That’s great! Now, what would you say is your favorite part about racing?
Racing is the only sport where a woman or a man—it doesn’t matter if you’re pretty or tall or short—when you have your helmet on, your skill is your credibility. You have the opportunity to prove yourself. I feel like racing is the only sport that is truly like that.
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