Courtney Grisez Cruised to Advanced Junior Dragster Championship

Despite having a mechanical malfunction and rolling — not once, not twice but three times — in her junior dragster her first time out seven years ago, Courtney Grisez showed grit by getting up and getting in another junior dragster mere months later.

Since then, she has nicely navigated through Novice, Intermediate and now Advanced junior dragster categories, and from 50 miles per hour to 82 miles per hour.

Her 2016 season started with double-zero reaction times on the starting line, but break-outs on the finish line, and while that stood to shake her confidence, she had her dad by her side to remind her to forget the last race and focus on the next race.

Her brother, Connor, who earned a championship in the Advanced category in 2014 and now races a dragster in Super Pro, also watches over her, but she’s sure that she’s even more concerned about his racing than he is about hers.

Away from the track, she’s a sophomore at Vermillion High School, where she takes — and hates — geometry, but she finds the study of DNA stimulating and has her sights set on becoming a criminal investigator.

Also away from the track, Courtney — whose parents are Ed Grisez and Mary Scarvelli — enjoys reading, and is currently engaged in a series titled “The Naturals” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

She also enjoys watching movies, and among her favorites is “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” which features a cast of characters she can relate to. 

With fifteen points and one feature win, Courtney earned the 2016 Bear Motorsports Advanced Junior Dragster presented by Wiseco championship and was recognized for her efforts during Summit Motorsports Park's 43rd Accel Banquet of Champions, Jan. 14, 2017 at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio.

- Mary Lendzion

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