Collete Davis (5’2”) is a professional racecar driver, entrepreneur, and national TV host. At 24 years old, Collete has achieved more than most, but her path has been both challenging and untraditional.
Racecar driving is often a family sport, and many successful racers get introduced to the sport as young as 4 years old. Starting to race at age 15 and being the first one in her family to do so gave Collete an unfair advantage, but her competitive and curious personality made her a perfect fit for the racecar industry. As she navigated the world of racing, she often had to find ways to support herself financially. From networking at the track to raising money from angels and venture capitalists, she raised money to pay for her training and build her brand. Now Colette has many wins across multiple types of racing: Monster Jam, Rallycross, Sports Car, Open-wheel, and Karting, with no intention of stopping soon. Each of these racing areas requires a different mindset, and a different understanding of the vehicle, but Collete’s drive (pun intended) and strong belief in herself has allowed her to carve out a space in the industry.
Collete also works to popularize STEM studies and entrepreneurship amongst women. Most recently, she earned a spot on Microsoft’s “People of Action” list and hosted TLC’s hit show ‘Girl Starter’. Collete feels grateful that she grew up in an environment where riding BMX bikes and experimenting with engines was encouraged, and she hopes to normalize this among other females so they too can follow their passions.