J.R. Smith is proud to present The Porsche Girls’ Race Team (PGRT) exclusively trained by J.R. Smith Coaching. The team is comprised of three accomplished kart racers whose mission is to convert their talents in karting into success in the sport of auto racing. Through teamwork, PGRT will also focus on educating other women about how to develop self-confidence through motorsports.
Find out more about each of these impressive women below
PGRT Tentative Race Schedule:
(All races at Utah Motorsports Campus)
Western Endurance Championships
(6 hour Enduro)
NASA Tres Enduro
AGE: 17 WEST VALLEY, CITY, UTAH
Kaiti has been around racing for most of her life and has been racing go-karts since the age of ten. She started racing to have fun and to make some new friends and with the intent to improve her racing skills. She has raced in multiple different classes and age groups. Her accomplishments in karting include finishing in the top 10 in every class that she has raced in after her rookie year. In the 2017 season, she is hoping to gain more knowledge and skills in car racing as well as moving forward in her karting career.
• 2010: Jr. 1-4 Cycle 15th Place in Utah Kart Championship.
• 2011: Jr. 1-4 Cycle 9th Place in UKC.
• 2012: Jr. 1-4 Cycle 7th Place in UKC.
• 2013: Jr. 2-4 Cycle Champion.
• 2014: Jr. 2-4 Cycle 4th Place, Rotax Junior 5th Place in UKC.
• 2015: 4-Cycle Junior 5th Place, Rotax Junior 4th Place in UKC.
• 2016: 4-Cycle Senior 4th Place in UKC.
Outside of racing, Kaiti loves photography and hanging out with friends and family. She plans on going to college full-time next season at Weber State University in either Automotive Technology or Athletic Training.
AGE: 19 WEST JORDAN, UTAH
Racing has been a part of Marina’s life from day one. She has been racing competition go-karts since four years of age, making the upcoming 2017 year, her 16th season. Her family has been racing go-karts for nearly 30 years and raised Marina and her brother in the sport. In the 2017 season, she is looking forward to continuing her go-karting career and building on her skills and experience as a racecar driver.
• 2016: Rotax Sr. Champion in Utah Karting Championship (UKC)
• 2015: Rotax Sr. Champion in UKC
• 2014: Rotax Sr. 2nd Place in UKC
• 2012: Rotax Sr. 2nd Place in UKC
• 2010: Jr. 2-4 Cycle Champion, Rotax Jr. 2nd Place in UKC
• 2009: Jr. 2-4 Cycle Champion in UKC
• 2008: Rotax Mini Max 3rd Place, Jr. 2-4 Cycle 3rd Place in UKC
• 2006: Jr. 1-2 Cycle 3rd Place in UKC
• 2003: Kid Kart Champion at Black Rock Raceway
• 2002: Kid Kart Champion at Lindon Kart Track
• 2001: Kid Kart Champion at Lindon Kart Track
On top of racing, Marina enjoys photography and being around her loved ones and friends, including her two dogs and cat. She is currently working towards her Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing at the University of Utah. She is also a Peer Advisor to Engineering freshmen at the University.
SOPHIA MAE PRICE
AGE: 15 PARK CITY, UTAH
Sophia Mae has always had a need for speed—she has been competitively racing go-karts since she was about 4 years old. Not only does she have a passion for racing, she loves the sport skeleton. She has raced 10 go-kart seasons, but had to sit the last season out, due to a concussion from a skeleton accident, and breaking her wrist in a karting accident. Ever since Sophia was young, she has spent most of her weekends at Miller Motorsports Park, (now known as Utah Motorsports Campus). Sophia’s time and persistence on the track is paying off—she finished the 2015 season as a UKC champion in the Jr. 4-Cycle class.
Born and raised in Utah, Sophia currently resides in Wasatch County with her parents Mike and Amy, younger sister Sydney, and family dog Kimi. When Sophia is not racing, she enjoys skiing, playing volleyball, hanging out with her friends, and spending her time at the Olympic Park practicing skeleton. Sophia is a competitive volleyball player and has been since she was in 5th grade. Sophia has a busy life, but racing is her passion and will always remain her main focus.
Sophia’s idol is Nico Rosberg because of his passion to succeed, and to keep improving. Everyone always asks Sophia if she wants to be just like Danica Patrick, she just looks at them and says, “Sure, but I actually want to win races.” Her lifelong goal is to be the best female racer!
• 2011 Utah Kart Champ Series: MicroMax 2nd place, Junior 3rd Place, 12 podiums
• 2011 US Rotax Grand Nationals: MicroMax 10th place
• 2012 Gatorz Challenge of the Americas Series: MicroMax 2nd place, 6 races, 5 podiums, 4 pole positions and 4 fast laps
• 2012 Racing the Rockies Championship Series: 4 races, 3 podiums (2nd, 1st, & 1st)
• 2012 US Rotax Grand Nationals: 8th place
• 2012 Rotax Pan American Championship Series: Pre-Main winner, pole position, 4th place overall
• 2014 US Rotax Grand Nationals: 17th place due to crash in the Junior Rotax division (youngest in the class nationwide)
• 2014 Utah Kart Championship Series: Junior Rotax Championship winner
• 2015 Utah Kart Championship Series: Junior 4-Cycle Championship winner