It is not unusual these days to find a plethora of aspiring youngdrivers frequenting the short tracks of America every weekend with thedream of making it to the big leagues of motorsport. What is stillunusual and exciting is to witness an incredibly gifted young driverthat is truly something special behind the wheel.
Sixteen-year-old Alissa Geving, who is preparing for her second yearbehind the wheel of a winged Sprint Car, is one of the most excitingdrivers to arrive on the racing scene in many years. In her 2007 rookieseason, Alissa quickly proved she could parlay her success in the OutlawKart circuit into a winning Sprint Car career.
At only fifteen years old, Alissa became the youngest female driver toever win a winged Sprint Car race. She followed that historic victorywith three more feature wins, capturing Rookie of the Year honor at bothPetaluma Speedway and Antioch Speedway along the way. In addition,Alissa was second in points at Antioch Speedway narrowly missing theseason championship. Geving was also recently honored with the MotorSports Press Association "Rising Star Award" for 2007. The teenager'saccomplishments in her rookie season would be impressive for a seasonedveteran driver, but remain quite astonishing for a 15-year-old racer ofany gender.
Alissa spent a relatively short amount of time in Outlaw Karts beforegraduating to the powerful winged Sprint Cars, putting together animpressive list of victories. She won six main events and 18 heat racesin the Outlaw Karts. Geving compiled 16 Top 3 finishes, and 92 Top 10finishes in the Karts, and was the QRC All-Star Tour "Driver of theYear" in 2005-06 season. She was named Rookie of the Year in the 250ccclass in 2004-05 at Lakeport Speedway, narrowly missing the seasonchampionship.
Geving's debut race in the ultra competitive Civil War Series "NapaValley Challenge" at Calistoga Speedway in August immediately placed herin the spotlight with fans and competitors alike. Alissa qualified 10thin a series featuring the who's who of West Coast Sprint Car racing atthe largest and fastest half-mile dirt track in California that hasintimidated drivers for decades.
After a minor tangle in the qualifying heat relegated Alissa to theB-Main, she stormed to the front completing a breathtaking pass for thelead bringing fans to their feet cheering her on to a convincing victoryleaving the rest of the field in her dust. Alissa continued herimpressive Civil War debut with a strong ninth place finish in theA-Main.
After the races, fans poured into the pits swarming around the youngdriver for autographs, T-Shirts and to see for themselves the15-year-old girl who just made such an impressive showing against thebest Sprint Car drivers in the West. The crowd lingered around the whitenumber 3x Maxim long after most competitors were loaded up and on theirway home. Alissa's talent and performance has quickly earned her therespect from her competitors in the male dominated Sprint Car ranks, andmade her a fan favorite everywhere she goes. Alissa was even spottedgracing the pages of Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd" in August2007.
Not only is Alissa Geving a very talented young racer, she is a giftedhonor student currently attending Ursuline High School maintaining a4.14 GPA while keeping up with a hectic racing schedule. She isarticulate and confident with fans and in her interaction with sponsorsand the press. These qualities, in addition to her obvious talent,helped Alissa land a sponsorship for the 2008 season from Pit Stop USA,a leading motorsports retailer.
Like many of today's young racers, Alissa is a third generation driverwho grew up watching her dad, Gary Geving, complete a successful SprintSar career. Her grandfather, Leroy Geving, is in the BCRA Hall of Famedriving midgets and hardtops. Alissa started going to track everyweekend with her family, watching Gary race from the stands and helpingaround the shop during the week. Certainly not the life of a "typical"little girl, but Alissa Geving is hardly typical. Just ask anyone whoraces against her.
Alissa will campaign the Pit Stop USA Sprint Car for 2008 in the HoosierTire Civil War Series. Geving will be one of more than 40 drivers tocompete in California's premier 360 Sprint Car campaign, competing forRookie of the Year honors in the prestigious series.
She also plans to run selected Golden State Challenge events in the 410Sprint Cars in addition to a full schedule at Petaluma Speedway andAntioch Speedway. Her goals include moving up to the World of Outlawsseries and hopefully an opportunity to graduate to NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Away from the race track, Alissa loves to attend her school's footballgames, dances and most things that other teenage girls enjoy. But whenthe rain stops falling and winter gives way to spring, she can hardlywait to get back to what she does best...winning races.
You can find out more about Alissa Geving by visiting her website at www.chick-o-motorsports.com