Drive for Diversity profile: Katie Hagar

BY foxsports • January 22, 2009

Team Owner: Bill McAnally Racing

Track: Madera Speedway

Hometown: Damariscotta, Maine

Years in Racing: 9

Date Of Birth: 3/9/86

Katie Hagar, 22, hails from Damariscotta, Maine, but moved to Sacramento, Calif., last year to be closer to All-American Speedway in Roseville, Calif.

Hagar began racing go-karts at age 11. In 1999, she earned the Southern Maine Karting Inc. Rookie of the Year title at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine. Hagar continued racing with the SMKI for three more years, placing in the top 10 in Junior and Sprint Cage division points standings.

In 2003, Hagar transitioned into the New England Allison Legacy Series (NEALS). That season, Hagar finished third in the NEALS championship points standings, just 20 points out of first place. Hagar tallied five wins in the 2003 season, and was the first female to win a race at Canaan Fair Speedway.

Hagar attended the Lyn St. James Driver Development program in 2005. That year she also began racing in the New England Pro All Star Series. In 2006, Hagar was the runner-up for Rookie of the Year at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. In 2007, Hagar was the only female competitor in the Pro All Star Series in New England.

The 2008 season was Hagar's first with the Drive for Diversity program. She raced for Bill McAnally Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif. Hagar notched 11 top-10 finishes in 18 starts.

After her solid 2008 season, Hagar was invited to participate in the 2008 Drive for Diversity Testing & Evaluation Combine presented by Sunoco last October at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. Her performance at the Combine landed her a ride in the 2009 Drive for Diversity class with Golden State Racing.

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