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Twenty-year-old Cassie Gannis has been a
standout since she decided to hit the tracks at age
10 in the Quarter Midget Series, where she
consistently placed among the top five. She
followed that with the 2003 Arizona State
Championship in the Bandolero Series and in 2005
was named that Legends series Rookie of the Year.
Cassie celebrated her 16th birthday by obtaining a
NASCAR license to race in the NASCAR Super Late
Model Series. She is the youngest female driver to
race at Tucson Raceway Park, where she began to
reach speeds of 120 miles per hour on the track
while tuning her skills. In 2008 she consistently
placed in the top 10 with numerous top 5 finishes,
finished 7th in points and became a fan favorite.
Also in 2008, Cassie raced at The
Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway placing
in the Top 10 against numerous racers. She is
currently racing a NASCAR Super Late Model #7 in
Arizona and Las Vegas. She is proud to have raced
car #56 Late Model with the High Point Racing Team
at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California for the
first half of the 2009 season. After numerous
appearances on The Mid Valley Sports Show, Cassie
has been asked to be a regular co-host along with
As a 5 year old, Cassie was busy making a
statement in swimming, but in her spare time she
was always watching racing on TV. As soon as she
was old enough to ride bike, she would always want
to race the other kids in the neighborhood.
Although she was swimming competitively and
internationally over the next several years, she
bugged her Dad to let her try car racing. In school
she was always a good student but struggled in
reading because of dyslexia. Cassie was always
determined she would conquer this and her teachers
were always impressed with her perseverance. Seeing
her interest in racing, her father, John Gannis
took her to South Mountain Park to watch the
Quarter Midgets race. After months of constant
reminding her dad that she wanted to race, he told
her that if she read the rule books and learned all
she could about the sport, he would see to it that
she raced in a car. Determined to race, she learned
all the rules in a few weeks. So the racing began!
Dad and Cassie began with a used quarter midget
that they both put together in the garage. As she
began to win races they bought a new car. From
there on, there was a no stopping Cassies
need for speed. During this time she decided to
pursue racing cars as life passion and career. Her
passion for racing has continued into the
Bandoleros, then Legends, then ASA Speed
Trucks, then Super Late Model and now Late
Cassie has been recognized as an up and coming
driver for several years. She is a graduate of the
Lyn St. James Driving Academy and was a candidate
for the 2009 Drive for Diversity Combine in South
Boston, Virginia. She was 1 of 30 drivers chosen to
compete in the 2010 Drive for Diversity Combine in
Charlotte, North Carolina out of 5000 applicants.
At the combine she was the fastest and most precise
female driver in the Late Model competition. She
was fortunate to make it into the semi finals along
with 16 other drivers. As part of the 2010 Driver
for Diversity Combine she will be a part of the
Changing Lanes television series to
being airing in early 2010 on the BET Network.
Cassie brings more to the table than just sharp
racing skills. She is also a spokesperson and guest
speaker on Teen Driving Safety issues (Boys and
Girls Clubs of Arizona Community Safety Days, AAA
of Southern California Safety Events, and CHP
Designated Driver Program). Cassie has the ability
and desire to impact other young people with her
life story. In 2006, Cassie took 8 months off to
have scoliosis surgery performed to correct a life
threatening curvature in her spine. The surgery was
a huge success and Cassie made a remarkable
recovery and was back on the track within the year.
This experience also allows her to speak to other
young athletes facing serious health issues and
communicate the hope of not only recovering but
also becoming a better athlete through desire and
motivation to beat the odds.
You can currently find Cassie chasing the wind
and racing a NASCAR Super Late Model #7 in
California, Arizona and Nevada!
Never drink or use drugs while driving
Never talk on cell phones while driving
Never apply makeup
Always use your turn signals
Always obey all speed signs
NEVER EVER TEXT MESSAGE while driving
Believe driving is a privilege and we should all
use common sense. Cars can be 2-tons weapons and
should be handled with respect!
Cassie has been named as a candidate for NASCARs
Drive for Diversity program for 2013!
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GSR Racing is pleased to announce they have
signed a contract with Cassie Gannis to drive the
final three races in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series
Balancing Power: Cassie
Gannis Racing Dreams
When you dream, you want to be successful. You are
also taught that if you work hard enough and have
the drive, you will get there. For Cassie Gannis,
her dreams are no different and she shows it.
Gannis is part of NASCARs K&N Pro West
Series but also compete in Super Late Model
competition and even on the dirt in Tucson, AZ.
To become a great racer, one must have the
experience and determination to get to the top.
Gannis goal for this year is just that.
My goal this year is mainly to gain
experience in any series, Gannis said.
The next time I am running the West tour is
in November at PIR, and run the Super Late Model
Series at the Las Vegas Bullring, so its
about getting the experience. That also goes
into her future goals to one day run in the Sprint
Cup Series, but as well as get the experience to be
a better racer for the future.
Gannis love for racing came early, with
her dad competing. My dad was a racer and I
would always be with him learning about how to
race, Gannis said. I loved being around
him and watching him work and then I could work on
the cars and that is how I got my start.
While her dad got her into racing, another person
in her family was the person she looked up to. Her
sister was always the person Gannis wanted to be
around and she looked up to her when she was
An intriguing thing about Gannis is with all the
racing she does, she maintains a balance with
regular life. It is a challenge to balance
it, with racing, the media to having time to
yourself and your friends, Gannis said. Part
of that balancing act is graduating from college
and being a veterinarian technician, which is
another future goal of hers. I have a big
love for animals and animals love me. My main goal
is to become a veterinarian, and being a vet
technician is the first step to that, Gannis
There are two causes dear to Gannis, the 101
Days of Summer Military Tour and the Dont
Text and Drive Campaign. For the 101 Days tour,
Gannis takes trips to various military bases across
the southwest. We discuss safety to Marines
and sometimes the Navy, Gannis said.
The focus is safety on the highways, telling
them dont text and drive, as well as boating
safety. The Dont Text and Drive
campaign is one that is involves talking to school
students, especially in high school, about the
dangers of texting while driving. I have seen
stories in newspapers and online about someone
seriously injured or dying from a person texting
while driving, Gannis said. The purpose
of this campaign is to tell kids to stop texting
while driving and wait until you are home to do
Cassie Gannis has a lot going on in her life.
From racing, to graduating college, even speaking
on military bases and students she has kept a great
balance on everything. For her racing career she
has proven to be one filled with potential and with
the experience, she will find herself at the
Q&A with Cassie
Gannis, NASCAR West Driver
RacingWest had a wonderful opportunity to do a
brief Q&A with Cassie Gannis, driver of the No.
07 mancavesite.org Ford in the NASCAR West series.
She had some great answers, but we here at
RacingWest especially appreciate her adoption of
RacingWest We always like to know where you got
your start in racing, what have been your biggest
accomplishments and who have been your biggest
I would most definitely say that my
biggest supporters have been my family, followed
closely by friends and what I call my racing
family. Cassie Gannis
Cassie Gannis: I have always been interested in
racing for as long as I can remember. As a kid I
would watch NASCAR on TV instead of all the
cartoons the other kids were watching. I also was
interested in racing because of my Dad. He use to
race Dwarf cars and IMCAs on dirt. I would
most definitely say that my biggest supporters have
been my family, followed closely by friends and
what I call my racing family.
RW: You will likely be the only woman
racing in the NASCAR West race at Spokane. Do you
feel that puts extra pressure on you?
CG: No, I am just another driver out
there racing that happens to be female. I think
with more women entering the sport successfully and
proving themselves with some great driving the only
pressure we have is the one all drivers have, which
is to have a great race.
RW: Do you ever feel the men dont
think you deserve to be there?
CG: Sometimes yes, but as soon as I prove
myself to them I find that most of my fellow racers
tend to be very encouraging. Im just another
driver working to win the race.
RW: How do you plan to save the equipment
at this race?
CG: Race a clean race and stay out of
trouble the best I can.
RW: What is your personal goal for the
CG: A top 10 finish
RW: When you arent racing do you
have any other hobbies you enjoy?
CG: I enjoy speaking on my My Teen
Driving Safety Program where I speak on safety
issues affecting teen drivers, Go Karting, swimming
for exercise and playing with my dogs.
RW: Any pets?
CG: 3 dogs- all rescue dogs! HOBO, Oreo
and Coco. All great dogs with great personalities.
They do make me laugh!
RW: Back to Spokanehow have you
prepared yourself for this race?
CG: As always, being as familiar as
possible with the equipment and the track is at the
top of the list. Ive never raced at Spokane
so my practice runs will be very important. I have
studied some videos on You Tube of the track
and that will at least give me some added
perspective. Also, we sometimes forget that racing
is very much an athletic sport. I eat right and
make sure Im appropriately rested for the
physical aspects of the race. That also really
helps my concentration and focus.
RW: Who can you thank for opportunity to
race the West?
CG: My family first! My Mom, Dad, Sister
and Margaret Guerra Rogers. My sponsor
mancavesite.org -Heather and Mike Yost. They are my
biggest fans and usually travel with me. And Greg
Rayl racing team, Monty Shaw and GJM
RW: Thank you for taking the time to
answer our questions. Hope you dont mind if
we ask you more in the very near future! Best of
luck this weekend
and have fun!
GSR Racing Announces Driver
for remaining Nascar K&N Pro Series West 2011
GSR Racing is pleased to announce they have signed
a contract with Cassie Gannis to drive the final
three races in the Nascar K&N Pro Series West.
The Spokane 200 continues Cassies
expansion into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West
race schedule and marks her third race as part of
the GSR Racing Team.
Its a real pleasure and privilege to
be part of the GSR Racing Team and to finish out
this season for them. Cassie said, Greg
and his team are passionate about racing and are
exciting competitors to work with!
Cassie is an impressive athlete GSR
Racing Owner and Driver Greg Rayl said.
Shes smart and knows how to take care
of the equipment and has the talent to run up
front. Were excited to have her drive for us
and look forward her success with our
Cassie will be driving the GSR Racing #07 Ford
Fusion, sponsored by www.mancavesite.org
About Cassie Gannis
Twenty?year?old Cassie Gannis
(http://cassiegannisracing.com) has been a standout
since she decided to hit the tracks at age 10,
consistently placing in the top five in the Quarter
Midget Racing. She owns the 2003 Arizona State
Championship in the Bandolero Series and 2005
Rookie of the Year in the Legend Series. Cassie is
a Graduate of the Lyn St. James Driver Development
Academy and a passionate messenger and guest
speaker on teen driving safety issues on behalf of
the Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona, the CHP
Designated Drivers Program, AAA of Southern
California, Driving MBA, and Community Tires of
Arizona. Cassie is currently working for Drivetech
as a Professional Racecar Driver providing NASCAR
ride?a?longs for corporate clients and team
building exercises. In 2010, she became 1 of 30
drivers nation?wide chosen to compete in the
Drive for Diversity Combine in Charlotte, North
Carolina, where she was the fastest and most
precise female driver in the Late Model
competition. As part of the 2010 Drive for
Diversity Combine, Cassie became part of the
Changing Lanes television series on the
BET Network. Youll also find Cassie racing
her NASCAR Super Late Model #7 in California,
Arizona and Nevada!
- 1 of 30 drivers chosen to attend 2010
NASCARs Drive for Diversity Combine in Oct
2009 in Charlotte, NC and Motor Mile Speedway in
Virgina 2009 out of 5000 applicants (Cassie had
the fastest female Late Model Time and placed
second in the overall Late Model
- Chosen to attend 2009 NASCAR's Drive for
Diversity Combine on Oct. 13-14 in South Boston,
- Driving Instructor for Trackdays/Infiniti of
Scottsdale, Firebird Raceway April 2008
- Pro Auto Sports High Performance and
Defensive Driving, Firebird Raceway March
- Honored Guest at Women in the Winners Circle
Celebration Luncheon: Honoring Women in
Motorsports, Indianapolis Motor Speedway July
- Lyn St. James Driver Development Program,
Racing Experience and Accomplishments
NASCAR Whelen All-American Series
- 2008-10 - High Point Racing 4 top 5/8 top 10
TRP finished 7th in points/Las Vegas "Bull Ring"
finished 19th in points
- 2007 2 top 5/7 top 10 finishes in only 11
races TRP finished 11th in points
Present Race Tracks: Tucson Raceway Park; Las
Vegas Motor Speedway The Bullring;
Orange Show Speedway; Irwindale Raceway
- 2006 ASA Speed Truck Series
INEX Legends Series
- 2005 Rookie of the Year and placed 3rd in
- 2004 2007 Race Tracks: Tucson Raceway
Park; Las Vegas Motor Speedway The
Bullring; Orange Show Speedway; Irwindale
INEX Bandolero Series
- 2003 2005 Race Tracks: Tucson Raceway
Park; Las Vegas Motor Speedway The
Bullring; Lucas Oil I-10 Speedway
- 2003 Arizona State Champion
Quarter Midget Series (15 top 5 finishes/18
- 1999 2003 Race Tracks: South Mountain
Park; Tucson Quarter Midget Track
Personal and Professional Goals
To experience an opportunity to grow as a
competitive driver and win a title for my
- 2010 Competing in NASCAR Super Late Series
and select Camping World West Series
- Winning a Track Championship and Rookie of
the Year at Toyota Speedway at Irwindale,
- NASCAR Camping World Series West
- NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
- NASCAR Nationwide Series
- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
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