Submitted photo Hanna Sims, 12, stands next to her go-kart she uses to race in the United States Pro Kart Series Yamaha Junior 100 series.
MOUNT VERNON — She didn’t want to race cars. At least, that’s what Mount Vernon resident Hanna Sims told her father about three years ago. Back then, nobody would have guessed that Sims, now 12, would have two years of go-kart racing under her belt. Nor that she would be a regular in the United States Pro Kart Series (USPKS) Yamaha Junior 100 Class, starting next month.
In family, there was no question that racing would have been her destiny. It just took her a little while to realize it. Her father, Chad Sims, was a spotter for NASCAR.
“We have some friends who race and we would always go watch,” said Sims. “I always thought it was really cool. He actually asked me when I was little if I wanted to start racing but I told him, ‘No.’”
For Sims, the decision to finally go ahead and race was a moment that changed her life — as well as her father’s.
“About two years ago, we were on the way home in our car and I asked him if we could start racing go-karts,” said Sims. “I guess I always wanted to, deep down.”
Nobody knows what changed her mind.
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