At 15, Katie Hettinger is already making a name for itself. On September 15, Hettinger announced that it had partnered with Young’s Motorsports to make his ARCA Menards Series West debut at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Arenas October 14. Along with this, she will also lead the West Series Finals at Phoenix Racetrack in November.
“Every time I get in a race car my goal is to win, but ARCA is a step up with strong teams and talented drivers, so the most realistic expectation is to finish Las Vegas among the top-five and ideally top-Three. Phoenix is a bigger track, the biggest I’ve ever been on, so it will be a bit more difficult. A top 10 in Phoenix would be great. Hettinger said in a press release.
Recently, she became the most successful driver in Hickory Motor Speedwayearning five victories.
For most of her career she primarily raced over a hundred late model races. “Every time I get in a new car, I drive it like I normally would. I don’t have a problem changing classes or cars or anything like that,” said Hettinger.
Hettinger was only four weeks old when she attended her first race. His grandfather, Jim Hettinger, was a very successful midget racer, winning two championships in 1984 and 1990. Due to his success, he was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame. Her father, Chris Hettinger, was also a midget racer, scoring multiple wins, making Katie a third-generation racer.
In addition to running, she is also a sophomore at Almont High School in her hometown of Michigan. She plays in a variety of school sports, including volleyball and basketball.