PHOENIX, Arizona — Cassie Gannis, 18, will racing for the first time in a ISCAR DASH Touring race at Dillon Motor Speedway in South Carolina, Saturday, August 29. She will be driving car No. 21 for the Roy Walker Racing Team.
“The ISCAR series is a new experience for me,” said Gannis. “I’m looking forward to making my debut on the East Coast.”
The International Sport Compact Auto Racing Series, DASH Touring (Iscarsonline.com) was formerly known as the NASCAR Goody’s DASH Series. The Dash Touring series is sanctioned by American Speed Association (www.asaracing.com).
The "DASH Series” is known as a stepping stone for women drivers, including Shawna Robinson, Kelly Sutton, Angie Wilson, Arlene Pittman, Karen Shultz, Chelsea Schillig, Megan Reitenour and Jessica Berrier (daughter of Ed Berrier, longtime NASCAR Nationwide Series standout).
Gannis has been racing since she was 10. She started her career in the Quarter Midget Series, where she consistently placed among the top five. She celebrated her 16th birthday by obtaining a NASCAR license to race in the NASCAR Super Late Model Series. Gannis has raced nationwide, most recently at the Tucson Raceway Park (where she is the youngest woman ever to drive on the track) and as a member of the High Point Racing Team at Toyota Speedway in Irwindale, California.
Upcoming, Gannis will compete in Super Late Model #7 at Tucson Raceway Park, Sept. 7; Toyota Speedway at Irwindale California, Sept. 12; Tucson Raceway Park, Sept. 19; Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nov. 6-7; and “The Showdown” Toyota Speedway at Irwindale California, Jan. 29-30. Schedule is subject to change. (Schedule is subject to change.)
In addition to racing, Gannis is a regular co-host on the Internet radio program Mid Valley Sports Show (midvalleysports.com). She is a candidate for the 2009 Drive for Diversity Combine in South Boston Virginia; a graduate of the Lyn St. James Driving Academy; and a guest speaker for teen driving safety issues on behalf of Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona and AAA of Southern California.
Gannis overcame a major health challenge to achieve her goals. In 2006, she took eight months off to have scoliosis surgery to correct a life threatening curvature in her spine. The surgery was a success and she was back on the track within the year.
ISCARS has operated the DASH Touring series since 2005, holding events primarily in the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia. NASCAR legend Geoff Bodine joined the series in 2008. He and ISCARS have been working on a Driver Development Program that allows drivers to race against Bodine and the other ISCARS DASH Touring stars.