Kristina Esposito – Racer
Kristina displayed her passion for speed at a very early age. At 2 years old, she enjoyed riding the kiddie coasters at children’s parks so much so, that it was very difficult to separate Kristina from these rides. When she started school, Kristina enrolled in various activities with her classmates (dance, music, etc.). None equated to her passion for speed.
At 7 years old, Kristina rode an indoor go-kart for the first time. She was hooked! Kristina took go-karting race lessons with Stevan McAleer, IMSA Continental Tire Series Champion (among numerous other championships). After multiple in-door league wins, Kristina followed Steven to out-door go-karting, and continued to podium there.
At 14, she enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School and received her SCCA license at 15. Kristina had a very busy first year racing cars! She started working part-time at Grand Prix New York (GPNY), her indoor go-karting alma mater. Kristina enjoys working with the young children at GPNY, providing coaching and safety tips.
Kristina joined the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Drivers Club. She bought (with a little help from her parents) her own Mazda Miata ITA class race car, the #111. She participated in a number of SCCA and NASA events, with coaching by Jay Menzo of NJBentWheel. Kristina came in a surprising 4th place in her first two SCCA races. She soon won 1st place in her class in an SCCA Regional Race in September. She then won 1st place in her class in a solo 6-hr. leg of an endurance race, the SCCA’s Devil in the Dark, held in October.
Kristina is a proponent for “stopbullying.gov” The logo is on her race car #111. It’s sad that in this day in age, we are still fighting bullying in schools. Her little brother was a victim several times and it became an important mission to bring awareness to this continuing issue.
In addition to her passion for speed, Kristina is an Honor Student at her High School. She is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Today at 16, Kristina is very much excited to team up with other talented and experienced, female race car drivers. Shift Up Now has given her an incredible opportunity, for which she is extremely grateful. Words cannot describe how lucky she feels. It’s GO time!