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Sixteen-year-old York County race car driver Macy Causey is one step closer to achieving her dream of racing professionally at the highest levels of NASCAR.
Causey will take over a ride with Rev Racing in NASCAR’s Whelen All American Series in 2017, according to a press release from NASCAR Wednesday afternoon.
“I’m super excited and I’m hoping for the best,” said Causey. “It’s going to be a whole new start for me.”
Causey competed in Rev Racing’s Drive for Diversity Combine in October. Rev Racing partners with NASCAR on the Drive for Diversity program, which provides opportunities for female and minority drivers. Six drivers were selected to be a part of the 2017 Drive for Diversity Class, and Causey is one of two drivers new to Rev Racing.
Causey said she was contacted by Rev Racing’s Racing Director Jefferson Hodges about two weeks ago, and he shared the good news with her.
“My family was so excited for me. It’s a family racing team and my family has always supported me,” Causey said. “My Grandmom was crying on the phone when she called me a few minutes ago.”
Causey’s Grandmother Diane Teel was a professional race car driver in 1970s and 80s, and was the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned event.
Causey said Hodges also shared a review of her combine performance and why Causey was selected.
“I was the second-fastest one there,” said Causey about her lap time at the combine. “It doesn’t have to do with just the on-track performance, the workout session, the media session. I did really well on track, didn’t do the best on the workout part but nailed the media part.”
Causey won the Rookie of the Year award at Langley Speedway in 2015, but the track did not host any races in 2016. Instead, she spent 2016 racing at Dominion Raceway north of Richmond and South Boston Speedway, both in the Late Model Division.
Causey said she is confident that being selected by Rev Racing will be the big break in her racing career.
“They do a lot more marketing than I can do with my family,” said Causey. “They travel more and they have all the resources needed to get drivers to the next step… You’ve seen how much they can help a driver and progress their career and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
The year 2016 was a banner one for graduates of the Drive for Diversity program. Mexico’s Daniel Suarez won the Xfinity Series title and Kyle Larson became the first program graduate to win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race – NASCAR’s highest level – with his victory at Michigan International Speedway in August.
Causey said she will be racing with Rev at the .4-mile South Boston Speedway and the .363-mile Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, N.C. She will also pilot her family’s race car at Dominion Raceway near Fredericksburg on weekends when she is not scheduled to compete with Rev Racing. Both of her cars will carry her father’s number, 33.
“As far as the racing side of things, I’ve gone to new tracks and get experience before race day,” Causey said. “I’ve never been to Hickory. I’ve never been to a new track and only have one day to get ready. Hopefully, I can pick it up pretty fast.”
Causey had never been to New Smyrna Speedway- site of the October’s Combine – before impressing Rev Racing with her lap times.
Causey said her goal in 2017 is “mainly to be successful and create a brand. It’s a higher step for me and I want to do anything I can do to get noticed in a good way, nothing bad. I’ve had top 5’s and top 10 finishes and I want to take it step by step.”
In order to join the Rev Racing team, Causey said she will be moving to North Carolina to live with a family friend. Her parents will remain in York County.
“I’ve always been a homebody but I don’t think it’ll be very hard for me. It’s only a state away and I’m going to contact them a lot and I’ll be running my personal car a lot,” Causey said. “I’ll always have my family to count on and they’ll always be with me.”
Having just turned 16 in November, Causey was the youngest driver at the Drive for Diversity Combine. She said she will be getting her driver’s license in February and has big dreams for her racing career.
“I’m not going to give up on racing, it’s definitely where I want to be,” Causey said. “School is my main thing. I’m only a junior in high school and I definitely want to get college done with. I’m going to see where racing takes me.”