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Lake Mary’s Logan Misuraca is one of the top up-and-coming female race-car drivers in the nation

Don’t be fooled by this bright-eyed, 5-foot 3-inch, 20-year-old, 100-pound bundle of blond energy. Logan Misuraca of Lake Mary is a small but mighty force to be reckoned with. By the end of 2020, this fierce female competitor in the world of motorsports hopes to land a NASCAR ARCA (Automobile Racing Club of America) contract and carry the torch for women in a traditionally male-dominated sport. 

“Being a girl on the racetrack definitely forces you to have an edge,” says Logan, a Lake Mary High grad. “Girls face different kinds of challenges. I remember once when I started to race competitively, a male driver did not want to be beaten by a girl, so he slammed my car into a wall. It was hard at first, but I’ve learned to become a more defensive driver. Now I recover quickly from tough situations. I love to just smile at my competitors and say, ‘Let’s settle this on the racetrack.’”

The daughter of a former professional race-car driver, Logan grew up on the track watching both her father and grandfather race. Today, Logan and her dad, Dennis, race side-by-side on the same team, and her grandfather, who is in his seventies, still enjoys getting behind the wheel for fun.

“Racing is definitely in my blood – we’re all hardcore adrenaline junkies,” Logan says with a laugh. “What I love is that racing is actually a very family-oriented sport. My dad is my coach. He’s also amazing at building cars and helps me with that aspect, as well. He’s the one who has really pushed me to always do better.”

Logan competed in her first race at age four in a quarter-midget race car (similar to a go-kart), and at age 16, she finished in the top five in her first adult race. 

“In both cases, I didn’t have much experience and was figuring out how to use my gears and brakes in the moment, but I loved it instantly,” Logan recalls.

Nowadays, she competes in a legend car (a 1934 Chevrolet sedan) on asphalt tracks and a midget sprint car on dirt tracks. 
“Asphalt tracks versus dirt tracks are drastically different,” says Logan. “The asphalt track is very reactive, so anything you do affects the car a lot. The dirt track is more dangerous in a way, as the car slides the entire race!”

Any reasonable person would probably wonder, is all this safe? Logan will be the first person to tell you that it is.

A professional team (including her number-one fan and mom, Cathy) thoroughly and frequently checks her safety equipment as well as the mechanics of her cars. Logan has seen some bad wrecks on the racetrack, but she has thankfully been spared.
While most of Logan’s evenings and weekends are spent alongside her dad working on their cars, making alterations, and talking shop, the rest of her time is dedicated to juggling a dizzying schedule of school and work. In addition to her professional race-car driver aspirations, Logan is a sophomore at the University of Central Florida studying aerospace engineering, a part-time professional backup dancer, and she works full-time at Lake Forest Dentistry. From staying on top of Calculus 2 and Physics 3 to planning time to train and practice for her next race, Logan works like a well-oiled machine.

There’s no doubt about it though, racing is Logan’s number-one focus right now. With the recent retirement of famous female driver Danica Patrick, Logan believes it’s time for another woman to take the limelight.

“It’s a big role to fill, but that would be my dream,” says Logan. “There is so much I love about racing. I love the competition and gaining the respect of others when they see that I’m doing something that girls wouldn’t normally do. I love to exceed my own expectations and tackle my fears. Most of all, I love the mental state I’m in when I’m racing. It’s total zen and totally exhilarating.”

Fans can follow Logan’s latest updates on Facebook at Logan Misuraca Racing and on Instagram @loganmisuraca.

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