ARCA: Leer Tests at Toledo; Looking to Break ARCA Records on DuQuoin Dirt

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ASHEBORO, N.C. — official release — C2M photo — Katlynn Leer, a 15-year old dirt racer from Iowa, will look to make history on the dirt at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds on September 1, being the youngest female to ever attempt and start an ARCA Racing Series event, driving for Carter 2 Motorsports.

“I am very excited about this opportunity,” team owner Roger Carter said about Leer driving for Carter 2 Motorsports. “We have a chance to make ARCA history and I am proud to be a part of it.”

Leer’s racing career started at age 7, as she raced go-carts. She raced go-carts until age 12, when she attended Cory Kruseman’s Driving School in California. At this test, she drove midgets and immediately fell in love with them. Throughout the test, she impressed driving school owner, Cory Kruseman, as he offered her the opportunity to drive for him in the VRA Series. She quickly grasped the opportunity, winning Rookie of the Year honors that year. The next year, no one could stop her as she went on to win a VRA Championship.

Currently, she competes in a national midget throughout the Midwest in divisions such as POWRI, USAC, and Badger series.

On August 13, Leer tested a 3400-pound ARCA car at the Toledo Speedway with Carter 2 Motorsports.

“I’m so unbelievably happy about how good today’s test with Carter 2 Motorsports went,” Leer said of the testing session. “Toledo is definitely a fun track! I am looking forward to run some races with the team (Carter 2 Motorsports) and I am really excited about the direction my racing career is going.”

Throughout the test session, Leer turned excellent laps. In the multiple runs she attempted, she took one session alone to get used to the 3400-pound ARCA car as she carefully maneuvered the car around the half-mile track. After settling in, she began to run faster and faster times every lap, eventually turning an unofficial fast lap of 17.95 seconds.

Katlynn Leer will shatter the ARCA Racing Series record books in September as she will become the youngest female in series history to attempt and compete in an event at 15 years, 243 days. The previous record was held by Taylor Ferns, who drove for Venturini Motorsports in 2013, at 17 years of age.

As part of her climb into the history, she will compete in the ARCA Truck Series event on August 31st to gain certification to race the next day at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds with the ARCA Racing Series. Her truck will be fielded by Carter 2 Motorsports.

The Southern Illinois 100 presented by Federated Auto Care at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds will be the first of two career starts for the 15-year old this season.


About Carter 2 Motorsports

Carter 2 Motorsports is a premiere ARCA Racing Series team operating out of Mooresville, North Carolina. Carter 2 Motorsports fields two cars full time in the ARCA Racing Series, the #40 and #97 Dodge Chargers, driven by a variety of extremely competitive drivers.

For more information regarding Carter 2 Motorsports, check out their official website at Also check us out on social media at

Comments 3

  1. Thia is my cousin Katlynn Leer!!! I am so very proud of her and how far she has come in her racing career!!! I believe you will go all the way Katlynn and I love seeing posts on how great you are!!! You have made this career an amazing opportunity for you… And believe your Aunt Ruth and Uncle Short are watching and very proud of your accomplishments all thr way from Heaven!!! KKeep up the great work girl!!!!

  2. I personally know Katlynn and her Family. They are Great people with a very deep passion for racing. Katlynn not only is a fantastic driver that drives well beyond her years, but an even better person! Good luck and I wish You all the best. Jimmy Neal

  3. Thus is my grandaughter Katlynn leer we are so proud of her and thankful for all the opportunity she has been given. She is awesome.

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