The crowd is fixated on a race at Sportsdrome Speedway. The track has been open since 1947.
Jamie accompanied by her boyfriend and a family friend work on her car. Jamie has a team of people that help keep her car in the best shape possible.
The engine inside Jamie’s car is her main tool for winning a race. The better the engine, the faster Jamie can go.
Right before the race Jamie tests her car to make sure it runs well. Her car is her main priority while getting ready for the race.
The drivers all get in a line right before a race. This time helps recognize which driver is in each car.
Jamie hops in her car and is given a quick talk from her dad Joe. She listens intently to what he says since he was the one who got her into racing.
Jamie speeds through the track while in second. Jamie tries as hard as she can to defend her previous title.
A light shines down on the track guiding the racers.
Jamie arrives in second right behind first, Collin Worrall. Each had tied in points before this race but now Collin took the overall amount.
Racing is known as a man’s sport, but Jamie Bierman is breaking that status quo. Bierman, 21, is one female that is not afraid to stand out. Ever since she was 16, Jamie has developed a love of racing. Racing is her passion and her go to, it has made her who she is today.
Sportsdrome Speedway sits far back off a road, almost as if you have to know it exists to find it. There sits a big asphalt race track with bleachers surrounding it, you can hear the sound of cars off in the distance. Jamie Bierman is working in the racers lot, inspecting her car and making sure it’s up to par. There helping her with the car is her dad, Joe. He’s the one who turned Jamie onto racing.
“I’ve always been a “Daddy’s girl,” and been close with my Dad. I loved working on cars and being around them.” Jamie said of her Dad. Joe owns multiple cars and loves to work on them in his free time, little did he know Jamie would enjoy it just as much.
The race Jamie is about to enter isn’t just another race, it’s the championship. Racing season has come to a close and it’s time to announce a champion. Jamie is defending her last year title of the championship, this season she has tied in points with fellow racer, Collin Worrall and this race will determine who will come out on top.
The race begins and right off the bat Collin leads the race in first with Jamie right behind in second. They continue in the same positions for a few minutes, but Jamie isn’t fast enough to pass him. The race ends and Collin finishes first, taking the title from Jamie.
“I felt like it was a solid race, the car wasn’t quite as fast as I would have liked it to be. We did everything we could to finish second.” Jamie said about the race. She does not let the race affect her, she shakes Collin’s hand and congratulates him on the race. “I was not surprised by the outcome of the race. The winner of the race had been fast all year and I knew he was going to be tough to beat.” Jamie spoke of Collin.
Jamie goes ahead interacts with her friends and family. They had all showed up and were there to support Jamie. Even though she lost, Jamie sure did end the night on a high note with the ones who really care about her. “We had a solid season overall, we finished in the top 5 every night. I hate that we couldn’t pull off another championship, but part of racing is luck and the luck just didn’t fall in our favor as much as it did the season before.” Jamie discussed the season.
This isn’t it for Jamie though. She still is dedicated to the sport and will continue to pursue it. Even though she has school during the week, she still makes time to race and work on her car. Jamie wants to be able to race as much possible until it’s time to get a real job and start her life.
“Racing is something I use to get away from the stress of school and work. It is my “happy place.” I don’t know who I would be today if it wasn’t for racing. It has taught me hard work and determination.” Jamie expressed about racing.
Looking forward to the next year, Jamie has already been working on what she needs to do in order to perfect her craft. “I think this year we got caught up in worrying about points and I hope to not do that next year. One of my goals would be to not worry as much and have fun!” Jamie said. Time will only tell if Jamie will win her title back.