Twenty-four year old Cassie Gannis has been a standout since first hitting the tracks at the age of 10. Making her mark first in the Quarter Midget series, where she consistently placed among the Top 5, then with stellar performances in the Bandolero Series earned the 2003 Arizona State Championship. She then moved into the Legends Series where she earned 2005 Rookie of the Year honors. In 2007, celebrating her 16th birthday, Cassie obtained a NASCAR license to race in the NASCAR Super Late Model Series, and became the youngest female driver to ever race at Tucson Raceway Park and place consistently in the Top 10.
By 2008, Cassie was racing the “The Bullring” at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and placing in the Top 10. Her NASCAR experience includes Super Late Model (#7) and Late Model (#56) racing in Phoenix, Arizona, Las Vegas, Nevada and Irwindale, California.
She is currently racing her NASCAR Super Late Model in Nevada and Arizona.
In pursuit of excellence, Cassie graduated from the Lyn St. James Driving Academy and for three years in a row was 1 of 30 drivers chosen to compete in the Drive for Diversity Combine in Charlotte, North Carolina, and additionally was part of the 2010 “Changing Lanes” television series on the BET Network.
Passionate about community service, Cassie has made it a strong part of her racing endeavors. She is a guest host for the HopeKids of AZ and board member of the “Breath of Life Grand Prix” event for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of AZ. She is a spokesperson and guest speaker on Teen Driving Safety issues and Car Maintenance Safety (Boys and Girls Clubs of Arizona Community Safety Days, AAA of Southern California Safety Events, and CHP Designated Driver Program), attends several safety days at military bases in Arizona and California each year (101 Days of Summer Military Tour), and continues to bring attention to issues of health, safety and education. For her commitment to safety, “and keeping with the highest standards and patriotism”, she was awarded the Safety Chesty Award Certificate of Commendation by the Third Marine Aircraft Wing by Thomas L Conant Major General, U.S. Marine Corps Commanding General 3d Marine Aircraft Wing. Cassie continues her work with Rusty Wallace Racing Experience as a professional racecar driver providing NASCAR ride-a-longs for corporate clients in team building exercises.
“I’m a firm believer in working to make your dream happen. In school I found that my struggles with reading were because of dyslexia, and then in 2006, I needed to take 8 months off for spinal surgery. Learning to work through these challenges has taught me about perseverance and motivation. Always keep your goals in mind. It’s amazing what will happen. Overcoming both those challenges has been among my proudest moments. ”