Jordan Rimpela
Jordan Rimpela GRM+ Memberand Digital Editor
11/1/19 10:13 a.m.

Olivia Hammac must be having a good year. Not only did she recently become the SCCA's B Division champion at this year's Solo Nats, but she's now a finalist for SportsKid of the Year over at Sports Illustrated Kids. We don't what the future holds for Olivia, but it's looking bright.

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There’s something about driving a go-kart 60 miles per hour down a road course that just makes 12-year-old Olivia happy. “It’s really fun because you get to be free,” she says. At 10, while driving with the Sports Car Club of America, she earned the Hawaii SCCA Most Improved Driver award. Her dad, Bill, is her mechanic, and since moving to Florida, she has continued to get better. In September, Olivia became the first female driver to win a Formula Junior Kart national championship at SCCA Solo Autocross Nationals. She won the B division, for eight- to 12-year-olds, one year after coming in second.

In solo autocross, drivers maneuver around cones and race against the clock. Olivia has also begun wheel-to-wheel racing (against other drivers) and has competed in BMX, rifle, karate, and archery. “In solo, the best drivers are going through the corners with the car sliding a little bit,” says Terry Tabor, the SCCA solo chairman for Central Florida. “Most of the other kids, they get uncomfortable. . . . She is fearless.”

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