Ashley Graaf is a 21-year-old race car driver based out of Minnesota. Ashley started racing go-karts in 2009 and instantly fell in love with the sport. While continuing to do other sports and activities as a young girl, racing was the one thing she never wanted to stop doing. Interests for other sports would come and go, but her passion and love for racing still remained as strong as ever.
Throughout the years, Ashley’s interest and passion for racing has grown immensely. She stated racing different engine classes so she could race where the most competition would be. As Ashley continued to get more and more experience behind the wheel of a go-kart, she decided it was time to give another aspect of racing a try. Ashley was given the opportunity to drive a Legends Car at Elko Speedway, in her home state of Minnesota. Getting behind the wheel of a race car was an incredible experience and set a whole new fire in her heart. After that, she knew that racing was what she wanted to do for a career. Not too long after, Ashley signed herself up to go to Bertil Roos Racing School. A month later, she was on her way to spend 3 days driving an F2000.
Ashley is an arthritis fighter which can make every day a challenge. Racing gives Ashley hope and she hopes that her racing can give others hope too. Racing is not easy when arthritis takes over your body and Ashley wants to prove to people and inspire other arthritis fighters that you can accomplish anything and that your arthritis does not need to be a setback. One of Ashley’s goals in life is to have someone look at her one day and say, “I want to be just like you!” Ashley want to inspire, it’s as simple as that.
Ashley has always loved getting the opportunity to learn something new. After graduating high school, Ashley continued to follow her dreams of being a race car driver, as well as taking classes at a local community college. She decided to study promotions management with hopes that it will help her racing career. She graduated from college in May of 2018.