Former Trinity Student Races to Success

Standing 5’3” tall and weighing a little over one hundred pounds, 17-year-old Collete Davis has never let her petite size dictate the scope or size of her dreams. Her dreams are big and she is on the fast track to finding them. A double win at Sebring International Raceway last weekend brings Collete Davis one-step closer to embracing those dreams of pursuing a professional career in motorsports.

Davis has always been on the fast track, whether racing cars and karts or pursuing educational accomplishments. She graduated from high school at the age of sixteen (having skipped sixth grade entirely) with a full sixteen credits of college courses under her belt. Currently, at the tender age of seventeen, Davis is a sophomore at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, studying mechanical engineering on high performance vehicles. Her college education is paid for in part by a $40,000 S-STEM scholarship from the National Science Foundation.

Though racing karts and understanding the mechanics of fast motors has and is Davis’s greatest passion, she has participated and excelled in competitive sports since she was seven years old (basketball, soccer, softball, volleyball, cross country and even competitive cheerleading). She won her class Championship at IMI Motorsports complex at Dacono, Colorado at age 15, earning the title of World Formula Champion.

Davis’s passion for racing is matched by her desire to reach out to young girls and let them know that it’s “okay to be smart.” Recently she developed an outreach program that takes her to schools and meetings where she encourages young girls to pursue careers involving science and math and where she can be a role model who encourages girls not to shy away from, or be afraid of, math and science fields.

Davis’s first transition from karts to cars was at Pikes Peak International Raceway in an F2000 car with Speedway Driver Search in 2010, where she was selected to be one of the finalists her first time in the car. More recently, local business owner and long-time racer Ron Stanley, of New Smyrna Beach, Florida, made his Pro Challenge Mustang car available to Davis to race at the Central Florida Sports Car Club of America races. In true CD fashion, Davis took first place in her division and overall in this competition at Sebring International Raceway.

Davis is a team member of the ‘EcoCAR: The Next Challenge’ a bio-diesel hybrid vehicle for the University and holds licenses for Sports Car Club of America and Indy car FIA International. Collete states that she is focused on pursuing any and all opportunities available to her in the racing industry and she is still looking for new partnerships and sponsors to come on board with her for the 2011 and 2012 race season.

If history is indeed a predictor of future success, not only will Collete Davis walk away with major success in her racing career, race car enthusiasts will see her driving a car in some of the world’s largest, most prestigious racing series.

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