I recently had the pleasure of getting to know and interview a very special little girl by the name of Ashley Gerbis.
This may be your first introduction, but it certainly won't be the last!
Ashley Gerbis is a 10-year-girl whose favorite food is pizza. She enjoys reading and swimming. Hobbies include listening to music, caring for her webkinz and creating her own furry friends at the Build-A-Bear Workshop.
Ashley currently attends fourth grade in the Gifted Students Program at the Anthem School in Florence, Ariz. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, plays violin in the school music program and is taking part in an after school Science Program.
Sounds like a typical 10-year-old....right?
Not for this girl, she has a heart of a racer!
Ashley started racing quarter midgets at tender the age of six.
She has competed in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Nevada. She is currently transitioning from quarter midgets to a 600 cc restricted Mini Sprint.
In late 2009, she will be racing the No. 67 car at Plaza Park Raceway in Visalia, Calif. In 2010, she plans on running a 20-race schedule in California, finishing the season by competing in the Tulsa Shootout.
Quarter Midget Racing Accomplishments
- 2007 Thunder on the Mountain Jr. Stock Track Record
- 2007 Thunder on the Mountain Jr. Stock A Main Winner
- 2008 Desert Springs Nationals, Jr. Stock A Main Second Place
- 2008 Desert Springs Nationals, Jr. Honda A Main Fourth place
Ashley's father, Don Gerbis, graciously allowed me to interview this amazing young lady and quite frankly I'm a little jealous. I certainly was not having this much fun or success at that age! She is one determined, tough cookie with a promising career ahead of her.
I now live vicariously though her, cheer her on, follow her accomplishments and plan to be the first one to say " I knew her when..." the moment she steps into her first Sprint Cup car!
Without further ado, I present Miss Ashey Gerbis.
Kara Martin: How long have you been racing?
Ashley Gerbis: I have been racing since I was six years old, I am 10 right now that is four years so far.
Kara Martin: How did you get started/interested in racing?
Ashely Gerbis: Well once my dad took me to a race for one of his friends' sons, then he asked me if I wanted to race and I said yes.
Kara Martin: How many girls are currently racing in your circuit?
Ashely Gerbis: At Plaza Park Raceway, there are currently two girls out of 30 cars in the points standings, once we get started, I will be the third.
Kara Martin: Do you ever feel any pressure from the boys that you are racing against?
Ashley Gerbis: Sometimes I do because they don’t like losing to a girl.
Kara Martin: What do you like to do in your free time, any hobbies?
Ashley Gerbis: I like to go Swimming, Quad Riding with Dad. Ride Bikes with my friends and neighbors, Basketball, and soccer.
Kara Martin: How do you fit in your school studies, do you maintain good grades and what are your favorite subjects?
Ashley Gerbis: I have one big sister, she is into racing, but she is too scared to drive one.
Kara Martin: How fast do Mini Sprints go?
Ashley Gerbis: I think my 600cc restricted Mini Sprint will run about 65-70 MPH on a 1/5th mile track.
Kara Martin: Is Mini Sprint racing safe?
Ashley Gerbis: Yes it is, you just need to have the right gear, such as the right size seat, a suit, neck brace/hans device, gloves, and a helmet.
To find out more about this remarkable young lady, her family, and their team please visit her site at www.ashleygerbisracing.com.