Sierra Canyon's Jacelyn Gonzaga, 15, only has a driver's license for drag racing
Jacelyn Gonzaga, a 15-year-old sophomore at Sierra Canyon, can't wait until she turns 16 and gets her California driver's license.
She has a little secret, though. She's been driving more than 100 mph for months. That's because since she was 8, she has been engaged in drag racing. She's licensed and has been competing in races as part of the National Hot Rod Assn.
Last week, she finished fifth in the 800 meters at the Mission League track and field championships, then left town for Tucson to compete in her latest race. Her father, Mike, has been a long-time assistant football coach at Sierra Canyon. He got her started in racing cars. And she loves the speed.
"When I turned 9, he got me my first car," Gonzaga said. "I loved it."
At a school where celebrity kids have been known to hang out, Gonzaga can say no one else goes as fast as her in a car.
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"I do like speed," she said. "It's really cool because there's not anyone else at school that does it."
When she finally gets her license, will she be a good driver?
"Yes," she said.
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.