By day, 17-year-old Katelyn Benz is a Lee High School senior taking college-level courses.
But on Friday and Saturday nights, this Westside Jacksonville student rocks area drag strips driving a 681-horsepower 1975 Ford Maverick Super Pro Class race car named “Blue Bye U.”
“I love the adrenalin and the family aspect of it,” the pony-tailed racer said of a car capable of throwing its nose 2 feet in the air and hitting 140 mph in the quarter-mile.
“This is our family hobby. We all come out here and we all do it,” she said. “We don’t fight, we don’t bicker, we don’t even really talk. We just kind of do what needs to be done.”