KATIE HETTINGER

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BIOGRAPHY

AGE: 13 

BIRTHDAY: June 25, 2007

HOMETOWN:  Dryden, MI

Katie Hettinger is a 3rd generation driver, looking to continue to grow her racing career in 2021. Katie visited her first race track at 4 weeks old and began racing at the age of 5. Katie started her career in quarter midgets, racing locally, regionally, and nationally with the USAC.25, Midwest Thunder and QMA series. She collected over 40 feature wins in Quarter Midgets. Katie moved up to run Jr. Sprints and then 600 micro-sprints on dirt from 2016 to 2018. In 2019, Katie moved into full body stock cars on pavement with the newly formed CRA Jr. Late Model Division. Katie returned to the CRA Jr. Late models in 2020, capturing (3) fast-time awards and a new track record at Anderson Speedway. She brought home (2) feature wins at the Indianapolis Speedrome and Toledo Speedway and in September, she was crowned the 2020 CRA Jr. Late Model Champion. Katie is CRA's first female champion in any division. In 2020, She also became a part of the Chevy Drivers Edged Development program through GMS Racing. For the 2021 season, Katie has signed-on with Matt Piercy Racing to run the full Limited Late Model season at Hickory Motor Speedway in North Carolina and select Pro Late Model races in the Midwest.

When Katie is not racing her late models, she works on her race craft by racing go-karts at K1Speed in Oxford, MI and spending time on her SimSeats Simulator. Katie is competitive in other sports: playing basketball and Volleyball for her school teams. She also enjoys deer hunting and fishing.

 

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ACHIEVEMENTS

2020
CRA Jr. Late Model

  • 2 feature wins – Indianapolis Speedrome and Toledo Speedway
  • 3 fastest qualifier awards –Jr. Late Model Track Record at Anderson Speedway
  • 2020 CRA Jr. Late Model Champion 
  • First female Champion in CRA history

2019
CRA Jr. Late Model

  • 1 top 3 finish – 2019
  • 5 top 5 finishes – 2019
  • 2nd fastest qualifier at Corrigan Oil Speedway and Anderson Speedway
  • 4th place in championship points
  • Sportsman of the Year Award

2017-2018
Restricted 600CC Micro Sprint - Dirt

  • Won 3 feature races at Jackson Speedway – 2017
  • Rookie of the Year at Jackson Speedway – 2017
  • 2nd place in championship points at Jackson Speedway – 2017
  • Several top 5 finishes at Logansport Speedway – 2018

2016-2017
Jr Sprint - Dirt

  • Won 2 Jr Sprint features US24 Speedway – 2016
  • Won Jr Sprint feature US24 Speedway - 2017
  • Won B-main and finished 10th in Tulsa Shootout A-main – 2017

 

2013-2016
USAC .25 Midget series

  • Started racing at age 5
  • Over 40 feature wins in .25 midgets
  • Won 13 races, including 5 regional races as a rookie – 2013
  • Won Jr Honda feature race at BQMRA Winternationals – 2013
  • 2nd place in Jr Honda championship points in BQMRA Winternationals – 2014
  • Set new Jr Animal track record at COQMRA – 2014
  • Finished 4th in Jr Honda at QMA Eastern Grand Nationals – 2014
  • Finished 3rd in Jr Animal at USAC .25 National race at LKS – 2015
  • Jr Honda points champion at CQMRA – 2015
  • Jr Animal points champion at CQMRA – 2015
  • 2nd place in Jr Honda Midwest Thunder Regional Series Championship – 2015
  • 4th place in Jr Animal Midwest Thunder Regional Series Championship – 2015
  • 2nd place in Jr Animal at NCQMA Fall Nationals – 2015
  • Jr Honda points champion at BQMRA Winternationals – 2016
  • Jr Animal points champion at BQMRA Winternationals – 2016
  • Won 3 Jr Honda Midwest Thunder Regional Races and finished 3rd in points – 2016
  • Won 4 Jr Animal Midwest Thunder Regional Races and finished 3rd in points – 2016

Won 1 Mod Midwest Thunder Regional Race and finished 3rd in points – 2016

KATIE HETTINGER RACING TEAM MISSION

My mission is to be and become the best driver I can. I also want to improve my communication and connection with my team. I hope that other drivers will think of me as a clean driver and a good sportsman. I also hope my fans will feel the same way and I can be a role model for younger kids.

THE KATIE HETTINGER RACING TEAM

Car Owner/Crew Chief:

Matt Piercy

Fan Club: Grace, Keith and Mom

Crew:

  • Bobby Murany
  • Thomas Beane
  • Deven Sanchez
  • Chris Hettinger

"The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team." --Phil Jackson