Thursday, October 22, 2009

Girls-In-Gears

Girl Scouts from Troop 425 of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council will become, on October 24, the first Troop in the nation to race in Girls-In-Gears, a hands-on engineering and racing program debuting from the American Kart Racing Association (AKRA). The NASCAR Wives Association and several Waltrips, of Daytona International Speedway and Daytona 500 family dynasty legend, are involved in the event.

Kart racing or karting is a variant of open wheel motorsport with simple, small four-wheeled vehicles called karts, go-karts, or gearbox/shifter karts depending on the design. They are usually raced on scaled-down circuits. Karting is commonly perceived as the stepping stone to the higher and more expensive ranks of motorsports.

“We dream big,” said Troop 425 Leader JoAnn Bruch, whose 11-year-old daughter, Taylor Michael, is in her Troop, which is part of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay. “Some of these girls are very gifted in math and science and could end up being engineers for NASA or anywhere.”

Read two articles about the event here and here! Also check out my previous post on Ali Owens - race car star and Girl Scout enthusiast!