Rising star in auto racing helps kick off season in Loudon
But that's career plan No. 2.
She is already well on her way to becoming a professional driver.
Martin wants to follow the road blazed by Danica Patrick, a star NASCAR driver and an idol for many young female drivers.
Jerry Gappens, the speedway's executive vice president and general manager, brought Martin and three other Legend Cars drivers to the track's kickoff event for the 2014 series at NHMS, which runs this weekend through October.
The cars, powered by motorcycle engines, are a smaller vehicle designed to resemble the legendary American race cars of the 1930s and '40s, Gappens said. They can go as fast as 130 mph and cost about $13,000, he said.
Auto racing, though, is badly in need of more participants.
Having Martin join older male racers at the season kickoff served several purposes, Gappens said. It allowed the track to showcase its best drivers and, in Martin, to show off one the sport's most promising young drivers.
Some Legend Cars drivers are older men who do it as a hobby. To Buffington, a construction professional by day, it's a way of life.
But Martin represents what the sport needs most - role models for future drivers - and she knows that.
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