EUGENE, Ore. -- In the male-dominated sport of dirt track racing, Raquel Ivie is proving that women can win when tearing up the track.
Ivie’s 700-horsepower sprint car can top 100 miles-per-hour on the dirt oval track.
“It's definitely a thrill. I don't know what else I would be doing on a Saturday night anymore,” said Ivie.
Racing is in her blood. Raquel’s father Jim raced in the late 80's and early 90's
Ivie graduated from go carts to sprint cars when she turned 16 years old.
“I had never raced anything before… and there's no practicing or anything like that. You just go out and you're already racing with other people,” the sprint car racer said.
The Klamath Falls native raced in Roseburg until she moved to Eugene. Now she’s spending most of her time at the Cottage Grove Speedway with her father Jim, studying the track and fine-tuning her number 70 Sprint Car before each race.
Ivie said this season has been rough. She's flipped her car twice in races this year. While Ivie has taken a dip in the rankings, she's remained focused and hopes to finish strong.
“I have noticed that the guys definitely don't like being beat by a girl, and that happens,” laughed Ivie.