Her license plate says “princess,” but she has no royal carriage. And Rosalee Ramer, from Watsonville, Calif., is no girly girl.
“Being in a truck with 1,600 horsepower is unlike anything else that you’ll ever experience,” Ramer, a professional monster truck driver, told ABC News. “And getting to step on the throttle is really amazing.”
At 16, Ramer was barely old enough to drive. But that’s not stopping her from crushing the competition as a monster truck driver.
“It’s something that I’ve dreamed about, and I’m finally doing it,” she explained. “Going over the jumps, sometimes 25 to 30 feet in the air, I feel like I’m flying.”
When she comes back to earth, she says she lands as smooth as can be.
“I’ve got eight nitrogen shocks on my truck. I don’t feel a thing,” said Ramer.
She started competing about two years ago and enters two dozen shows a year. But she doesn’t just drive. Ramer knows the mechanics, too.
“She understands them inside and out,” her father, Kelvin Ramer, said. “I believe in nurturing my kids and what they love to do.”
Rosalee’s dad says she’s been drawn to cars since she was small.
“If it had a steering wheel and she could get in it, she would,” said her father.
But Ramer does have concerns most monster truck drivers do not.
“I love doing my nails,” she said. “I have a very difficult time keeping my hands clean.”
And she doesn’t only have her eyes on the road, but on the future too.
“I do my best to keep straight A’s,” said Ramer, who just got her SAT scores.
“I’m in the 98th percentile nationwide for math,” she said.
Ramer said she wants to be an engineer.
“I would love to attend MIT,” she said, proving she’s driven in more ways than one.