You could say racing has always been in Macy Causey’s roots. Causey is a third generation race car driver beginning with her grandmother, Diane Teel, who was the first ever female to win a NASCAR sanctioned race at Langley Speedway and in America and the first to win a Nationwide Series event. Her parents both raced and even met at the track.
Raised on the Track
“My father, Rette Causey, started racing young and I always followed his league,” Causey says. “I always loved it and decided I wanted to race.”
Causey showed an interest in racing when she was just 7 years old. By age 8, her parents had purchased her a Bandolero car, a miniature stock car, as a Christmas gift in 2008. This would be the first car she would race and the very beginning her career in a sport she had grown to love.
Causey built her racing career through arena racing at the Richmond and Hampton Coliseums, dirt racing at the Virginia Motor Speedway in Saluda and more recently, using at Dominion Motor Speedway in Spotsylvania as her home track for the 2016 season.
That’s a really nice track they have up there,” Causey says. “I did very well at Dominion Speedway. I got a few top tens and a top five. I even outran the National Champion for 2016, Matt Bowling.”
Another Shot at a Dream
Today Causey is living life in the fast lane and setting her own records, being the youngest female driver to ever race at Langley Speedway at the young age of 14 when she competed in the Late Model Division in the Pomoco Auto Group 100.
It was no surprise when Causey was selected as one of 17 drivers out of several hundred applicants selected to attend the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine. In partnership with Rev Racing, the program invites ethnically diverse and female drivers from across North and South America to test their skills over a three-day period as NASCAR evaluates talent for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Class of 2017. The event will be held at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida, October 17-19.
This is Causey’s second year participating. In 2015, she was the youngest combine participant, at the age of 14, in NASCAR Drive for Diversity history.
“Last year was my first year and I didn’t know what to expect but I learned a lot, so this year going in, I’ve practiced everything I knew I needed to work on because I figured it would be somewhat similar,” Causey said. “There’s interview panels and a workout portion and I’ve been back in the gym preparing for this. This year has allowed me to refine my skills and build my confidence on the track. I’ve done really well at Dominion this year and I hope they’ve noticed that.”
Should Causey be chosen, she along with four other drivers will receive racing opportunities in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for one full season. She will be provided with equipment, mentoring and competition experience.
“Being selected would be a great opportunity for me because Rev Racing is incorporated with NASCAR, so people who go through the Rev Racing program get noticed more because they know how good the program is and how they handle themselves,” Causey says.