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York County racer Macy Causey is pursuing her dream of stardom in NASCAR — and she is quickly becoming a star off the track as well.
Causey, 16, was profiled by NBC’s “Sunday Today” program Sunday morning, according to a press release from Image Capital Group. Causey, a third generation driver, was one of six selected for NASCAR’s Drive for Diversity program class of 2017. The program offers racing and developmental experience to young female and minority drivers.
“Being out front of everybody else and knowing that I’m leading the race and that I’m just as good as they are, that shows everybody that females and girls can do just as good as everybody else can,” Causey told NBC reporter Morgan Radford.
NBC also spoke with Macy’s father Rette and grandmother Diane Teel, both of whom raced professionally. Teel was the first woman to win a NASCAR track title in 1978. Teel also became the first woman to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race with her victory at Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA, during the 1978 season.
Causey won the rookie of the year award at Langley Speedway in 2015. She will race in NASCAR’s Whelen All-American Series in 2017, with NASCAR partner Rev Racing.
“My heart’s telling me, ‘You know you can do this,’” Causey said on NBC. “’This is what you want to do for the rest of your life. You’re going to face these challenges, but you’re going to get through.’”