Jessica Dana is a 17-year-old high school student from Tumwater, Washington, who started riding ATVs at 4 and racing them at 8. She moved up to karts and just months after sitting in a rental kart for the first time was at the U.S. Indoor Nationals.
She’s beaten NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon and X-Games/NASCAR star Travis Pastrana in charity kart races and became the youngest female to ever race a late-model in the Miller 200 at South Sound Speedway in Tenino, Washington.
And She Thinks We’re Just Racing is a new book written by her father Troy Dana that talks about how Jessica started racing. In the book, Troy discusses how he started racing motorcycles as a young boy, and some of the lessons he’s learned along the way that shaped the way he and his wife Pam raised Jessica.
Jessica’s goal is to make it to the top of racing — to NASCAR — but the path has been tough. The Danas do not have a history with car racing, and the old saying heard around the tracks to never trust anyone in racing has come true for them more than once. The book follows along with them as they struggle to find the funding and the right support crew to help their daughter achieve her dreams.
Available at Amazon.com for $12.95, proceeds will go to help Jessica’s racing.