As one of NASCAR‘s newest rookies, seventeen-year-old Mackena Bell is also one of the few female drivers on the tracks. This young woman is already incredibly accomplished for her age and seems set to enjoy a successful future in the racing industry.
Mackena Bell has already carved quite a name for herself, so it was no surprise when she started her rookie season with a top 10 finish in the NASCAR Whelen Series this year at the All American Speedway in Roseville, California. Bell is the youngest competitor in this year’s California series and, while she is driving well, she says her focus isn’t to aim for the top. Instead she wants to spend her time this year learning all she can from the racing greats around her. Of course, she also wants to finish her races and improve her driving skills, but only time will tell if this already noteworthy young driver is going to be leaving other NASCAR drivers choking on her exhaust fumes.
Bell has been driving and racing since just 12 years of age and has progressed through the dirt and asphalt ranks with Championship Titles in both divisions. Her Championship Title as an asphalt driver came at the tender age of 14 and made her youngest driver to claim this honor in the entire 42-year history of her hometown track. In 2005 she graduated from the Lyn St. James Driving School and she has since claimed 4 Rookie of the Year awards and she has also won the title for ‘Most Inspirational Driver’. As if that wasn’t enough for the youth, she went on to establish her own company earlier this year. Called “Mackena Bell Motorsports” the youth is running a pretty impressive family-owned car. The car is a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix that has been fitted with a 2002 Lahorgue Chassis. It is powered by a Chevrolet 350 SPEC motor that was built by Harold Long and which is capable of producing over 400 horsepower. The vehicle has a stock front clip and 8-inch Goodyear tires. The car has been specially kitted out to ensure that the 5’3″ driver enjoys as much comfort during races as possible.
Bell’s team is still relatively small and is headed by her father, Kelly, while Dave Sciarroni of the Sciarroni Bros. race team acts as the Crew Chief. Mackena Bell will most likely run more than 20 races at the All American Speedway between now and October. She is definitely a favorite amongst this year’s NASCAR rookies, and only time will tell what sort of success her dedication and talent will bring her.