Team Kendall Racer of the Month - March 2013 - Samantha Grice
We're thrilled to announce that our March Racer of the Month is Samantha Grice of Newark, Del. - our youngest member of Team Kendall! At just eight years old, Grice is already taking the racing world by storm, earning two first place and more than 15 second place titled in her first year.
In 2012, Grice began Quarter Midget racing in the Junior Honda division at her local track, Blackbird Quarter Midget Race Club in Newcastle, Del., and quickly won over the hearts of her community with her enthusiasm, determination and talent. The youngster's early success and natural talent came as a surprise to everyone, especially her father, as racing entered Grice's life in a rather unexpected way. At the age of five, she was diagnosed with epilepsy. Worried that she wouldn't be able to play sports, Grice and her father began researching alternative options - when is when they discovered racing.
"I was determined to find a sport that fit into Samantha's lifestyle because I didn't want her to feel like she was different from the other kids," said William Grice, Samantha's father. "I'm a single dad raising Samantha on my own, and I thought racing would be a nice way for us to bond...but I never dreamed of all the opportunities it would open for us."
Grice's touching story spread quickly and was soon discovered by members of the Susan G. Komen foundation, an organization dedicated not only to educating people about breast cancer but also motivating women to know their rights and be their own advocates. Now Grice and her father are working with the foundation and its film crew to host an exhibition race with local and neighboring racers to help spread awareness about the foundation. The race will take place at Grice's home track in early April before the 2013 season kicks off.
"Samantha is a young, spirited racer with a bright future in racing," said Marketer Sharon Krieg of Philadelphia Wholesale Distributors in Warminster, PA. "She is a true example of good sportsmanship, and we are proud to be associated with her racing family."
Grice will behin her 2013 season in May, competing in two different classes - Junior Honda and Junior Animal - at Blackbird Quarter Midget Race Club and several other local tracks. Although her 70-race season might seem aggressive for an eight-year-old, she is confident and determined to take home at least 10 first place titles.
Congratulations, Samantha, on being named Team Kendall's Racer of the Month for March. We're honored to have you as part of our family and wish you the best of luck in your upcoming season!