Leadbetter youngest driver, first woman to win Champ Off-Road Sportsman SXS

Gray Leadbetter was born to drive fast

CRANDON, Wis.Oct. 8, 2020  / PRNewswire /
In the final race, on the last lap, two turns from the finish, 15-year-old Gray Leadbetter made history with a bold pass to become youngest driver and first woman to win Sportsman SXS Class in Championship Off-Road Series.

Catch me if you can

Hi, I’m Gray

None of this was planned. It’s all happening because, at the age of two, I discovered that I LIKE TO GO FAST!. It started with a silly, little battery-powered 4-wheeler and by the age of three, I was blasting through the woods on a Yamaha PW50 motorcycle. I was hooked. Fortunately, I had a dad who supported my passion for motorsports.

At 5-years old, I began competing in arenacross and found out that competition makes going fast even more fun. From there, it was a natural progression to move into karts. The competition in karting is fierce because that’s where all of the up-and-coming drivers go to prove themselves. I learned that I thrive under pressure.

Opportunities to drive in other forms of motorsports presented themselves and I found myself competing in UTVs and Mini-Outlaw Sprints. Along the way I met Swedish rally driver, Patrick Sandell, and trained with him on frozen lakes in Sweden. State-side, I had the good fortune to train at the Bondurant School with 2004 Indy 500 Champion, Buddy Rice, and I continue to train
with him, today.

In 2019, my big break into the pro ranks came when I signed with Dreyer-Reinbold Racing to drive in the American Rallycross series. What an experience! At the age of 14, it was pretty wild to be competing against drivers with Indy 500 starts to their credit.

But I’m used to being the youngest driver on the track.