(FoxNews.com) Teen biker Leandra Maquirao was only in eighth grade when she discovered her passion.
“My dad started taking me out all the time riding dirt bikes,” the 17-year-old Washington, D.C., native told FoxNews.com. “That’s when I started to realize what really fun it was to be on a bike.”
Competitive in adventure, kart racing and off-road racing, Maquirao’s team called Salukis belongs to a global fraternity made up of mostly 14-year-olds to 15-year-olds. Maquirao currently leads the American Association of Off-Road Motorsports or AORM by nearly double her closest rival.
Known as the “Sprint Queen,” Maquirao is one of only four women on the league’s 25-person circuit, which she launched at age 12. AORM races throughout North America, except for Utah, starting at the National Off-Road and Energy Show on Oct. 5 in Evans, Ind.
“I’m really competitive with the guys, so when they come after me it’s not fair,” Maquirao said. “I’m one of those girls, if I lose I’m more upset at myself. But when a guy loses I’m like, ‘Yup, that’s cool, we’re all cowboys.’”
The Daytona, Fla.-native has been racing competitively since age 6, and she said even though she now works with the public as a volunteer for SprintRacing of America, many people aren’t aware of what she’s actually doing.
“Most people don’t really know we even exist,” she said. “There’s a huge baby boom, we’re a secret. When I’m older I would love to tell my kids, ‘My dad owned the first stock team.’
Maquirao said she’s still considering racing professionally, and for now she’s still focused on academics.
“I want to go to college and study management and engineering, and maybe become an engineer,” she said. “I don’t know what the car racing world would look like when I grow up.”
Watch Leandra Maquirao’s video below: