Racing has always been a family thing for one of Rev Racing’s newest additions, Macy Causey. And at 16 years old, she has joined five others in NASCAR’s 2017 Drive for Diversity class.
But it hasn’t always been easy for her family. Drive for Diversity wasn’t around when Causey’s mother or grandmother raced, and she learned a lot from both of them — mainly, to “stand up and keep doing what you’re doing,” even when it may not align with what others want you to do.
“If it wasn’t for (my grandmother, Diane Teel), I don’t know if I’d still be racing,” said Causey, whose parents would tell her stories of how hard it was to be a female racer all those years ago. “When she raced, people wouldn’t cheer for her like they do for me now. People would cheer when guys took her out (on track).
“But now, it’s completely different. You still do have some haters, but it’s definitely not like how it used to be. I’m just grateful that things have changed.”
Just like her grandmother, the first female to win a NASCAR-sanctioned race at Virginia’s Langley Speedway in 1978, Causey hopes to make some strides in the sport herself.
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Causey began those strides at age 8 when she hopped into a Bandolero at Langley Speedway. She won multiple Bandolero championships before age 10 when she added the half-scale stock cars of Arena Racing USA at nearby race tracks to her schedule. She wasn’t allowed to move up to the adult division of Arena Racing because of her age, so Causey broke seven of her own track records at the Richmond (Va.) Coliseum.
She started dirt racing at age 11, driving a dirt late model for two years before getting into an asphalt late model. But problems with her age didn’t go away. Causey had to plan her asphalt schedule carefully at first because at age 13 she wasn’t old enough to race late models at NASCAR-sanctioned tracks.
Causey raced at Virginia’s Shenandoah Speedway until she reached NASCAR’s minimum age of 14, winning the NASCAR State Rookie of the Year award for Virginia in the late model division. When she joined Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing’s related development program at 16 years old, Causey became the youngest female driver to race for the team. She’ll compete in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series this season.
It isn’t difficult to tell that Causey’s been on the young side of things for most of her career, but it’s been like that since she first began going to the race track with her family as a child —that’s when she “instantly fell in love” with the sport.
“I love going fast,” Causey said. “I’m extremely competitive at anything I do and racing is a really competitive sport.
“And slowly, as I move up the ranks, the fans are a big part. I love interacting with the fans and I love all of the kids who come down (into the pit area) after the races. It’s a lot of fun for me as well.”
Causey is moving up the ranks, but not too quickly. She said there was “a lot of debate” about placing her in a K&N Pro Series East car at Rev Racing, but she was thankful for the decision to keep her at the Whelen All-American Series level instead.
“I want to keep going higher and higher, but I don’t want to take it too fast,” Causey said. “(The K&N car) would have been a great opportunity and I don’t want to miss my opportunities, but there’s still a chance to be in the K&N car, maybe next year or the year after that.”