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Ice driving in Sweden! No better way to start the year for this Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge racer

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DOB: 5/28/1992
Birthplace: Orlando, Fla.
Residence: Key West, Florida
Height: 5’4” Weight: 128 lbs.
Family: Parents: John & Sharon
Sister: Ashley
Favorite Saying: “If you’re not first, you’re last”
Physical Preparation: Road Biking, Yoga, and Weight Training
Hobbies: Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Biking, Hiking
Racing Goals: Always give 110%.
Hard work and dedication will help me reach my ultimate goal; to win.

Graham will make her GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge debut in the Street Tuner portion of the 2010 Homestead 200 with Classic BMW Motorsports and mentor Andre Serra.

Graham is a virtual schooled high school senior, becoming so to focus on racing. She competes in go-karts an average of three times a week with driving coach Andre Serra and has had the opportunity to race against and get racing tips from Ozz Negri, Helio Castroneves, Raphael Matos, Tony Kanaan, Vitor Meira and Gabby Chavez. Her daily exercise regime includes running, biking, weight training and yoga. In addition to racing, she also enjoys cooking, baking, photography, golf, tennis and country music.

Training: I have many wonderful people involved in my training and coaching. Thank you to Nic Jonsson for helping me accomplish so much in a short period of time with his knowledge, experience, coaching and encouragement, I am exceeding all of my goals. I am excited to be working with Nic Jonsson and Kinetic Motorsports and the excellent crew and drivers with this team. I continue to train in go-karts with my coach Nic Jonsson and Oz Negri. While karting I have had the privilege to share track time and receive driving tips from many outstanding drivers: Helio Castroneves, John Pew, Rafael Matos, Tony Kanaan, and Vitor Meira.

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03/2012 I just finished a KIA event in Starke, FL. I had a the chance to drive one of the Kinetic Motorsports prepared KIA Rio 5’s. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the car handled and it’s power! Later this month I will be at Kinetic Motorsports to finish the build out of my Rio 5 for the upcoming Grand-Am BSpec series.

08/2011 I’m happiest when I’m behind the wheel! Training & testing is going really well. I love the challenge of learning these new tracks. I’m looking forward to testing the B-Spec KIA Rio and getting it ready to race in 2012. Ice driving in Sweden! No better way to start the year!!!

06/2011 The next few months I will be testing with Kinetic Motorsports, under the coaching of Nic Jonsson, on several tracks throughout the country. I’m learning the tracks and how to drive them. I’m extremely honored and excited to be able to work with Kinetic Motorsports and to drive a Kia. I believe that Kia's are fantastic race cars & they will be the future of sports car racing. I will continue to test in several different cars and prepare to race in several series in 2012. Thank you to all that follow me and give me support. You continue to motivate me to work hard and try and exceed all expectations.

2011 Although I had a great time testing in the IMSA Lite car; right now I am focusing all of my efforts on testing and preparing for full participation in the Grand Am Series. With the help of my coach and crew I should be up to speed in no time.

12/2010 I am so excited to be back on the track! I have been karting a few times in the past couple months, but just before Christmas I was back in the car! I tested a Cooper Tire Prototype Lites Car and was back in my comfort zone. I’m really enjoying prototype! Performance Tech Motorsports prepared the car and I am really looking forward to working with them this year and competing in some Lite races this season.

05/2010 I have a great schedule for this month. I’m really excited about working with Nic Jonsson & Kinetic and I’m looking forward to testing on a new track for me in Talladega. I’m also karting with a new team, JC Karting. With this new karting team I’ve shared the track already with Nic Jonsson, Oswaldo Negri, John Pew and Nelson Piquet, Jr. Doesn’t get much better than that! At the end of May I have been invited to speak to a group of 6th grade students at Lyons Creek Middle School.

04/2010 People say that I was thrown into the deep end & I didn’t sink! March 6th I ran my first professional race with Classic BMW in the Homestead Continental Challenge. What an exhilarating experience! As a team we had our ups and downs & ultimately did not finish due to some engine problems. I learned a lot from the whole experience and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The end this month I had the opportunity to test with Nic Jonsson and Kinetic Motorsports at Barbar Motorsports Park in Alabama. All went very well, and we have agreed to a driver development program.

03/2010 I will be making my professional racing debut this month in the Continental Challenge in Homestead, March 5th-6th. I spent the last week of February in Texas, testing the Classic BMW Z4 in preparation for the upcoming race in Homestead. Although the weather was a bit challenging with a couple of inches of snow, we were able to get in some excellent testing.

02/2010 I knew this month was going to busy! The highlight for me was getting my personal best times both in the car and the kart. The most challenging day was when I spent the morning lapping at Homestead in the Skip Barber Formula 2000. I got out of the car and immediately went over to the Homestead karting track and ran laps in my Mini kart with Helio Castroneves.

01/2010 My comfort zone is behind the wheel, and that’s where I will be 15 of the next 30 days. I love it! Every day I go out on the track I learn something new. It’s great to go between the Formula 2000 and my Rotax Senior Mini Kart. The highlight of my month so far was sharing track time & getting instruction from Tony Kanaan at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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 Racing HistoryCareer Highlights

  • Finished fourth in 2009 Machismo 500 go-kart race in Las Vegas after starting on class pole
  • Began racing go-karts in 2008

Year-By-Year Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge RecapThe 2010 season marks the first in Graham's career in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.Other GRAND-AM/Racing History

2010
Debuted in car racing in Skip Barber Regional Series, finishing in top 10 in first two races and 13th of 23 in series' Memorial race.

2009
Competed in Machismo 500 go-kart race, a 500-lap go-kart race in Las Vegas, with co-drivers Andre Serra, Jaoa Goncalves and Raphael Matos, earning Pro Class pole and finishing fourth. Competed and practice in both indoor and outdoor go-kart races and events.

2008
Competed in go-karts.

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