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doesnt let her small size stop her from
driving past competition
Before Taylor Christenson got her license this
summer, she was well on her way to becoming the
female driver of the year for Unique Motor
The 16-year-old, who will be a 10th-grader at
Holland Black River, has smashed and bashed her way
to the top of the off-road powder puff standings,
including a heat victory Friday at the Ottawa
I thought I would be horrible and nobody
would know me, but its been totally
different, said Christenson, the youngest
female driver on the circuit. I love it all
the adrenaline, hitting people.
Its a lot of fun doing something that no one
else really does. Its unique.
I second-guess myself about hitting people
but, then, I just floor it and smash into them and
push them out of my way.
Whats even more amazing about Christenson
is watching her 4-foot-11, 85-pound frame climb
into her 1989 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Not many of them take me seriously,
said Christenson, who calls this her summer job.
Im not very strong, but I guess it
doesnt take a lot. You dont get moved
around a lot. Youre in there pretty tight and
have lots of protection.
Ive had no injuries but did flip
over a car. My friends think its crazy that I
do this, but they all come to support me.
After watching her dad, Terry, and brother,
Justin, race for years, she always wanted to give
it a try.
Ive been driving for a long time
not legally but I started driving
legally on the road in June, Christenson
said. Im actually a calm, cautious
driver on the road.
She got off to a great start early this summer
by winning her first race, a feature against all
The guys are a lot faster and a lot more
aggressive, Christenson said.
Terry, who won a heat Friday using his
daughters car for the first time, said he is
not too worried about her safety.
Its not really too nerve-wracking
because of the quality of cars we use, said
Terry, who owns TLC Automotive in Holland.
Weve been building these cars for a lot
It rattles me a little bit. She has been
upside down once, but nothing happened.
Justin, 27, said he is shocked by his
I was surprised her first race out, she
won the whole thing, said Justin, who raced
for eight years. It takes some patience and
some skill, and shes got it. Im pretty
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