Set track record at Sebring Int. Raceway in
Pro Challege Mustang at 17 yrs old
Sports Car & Endurance Racing.
Collete made her sports car racing debut in a Pro Challenge Mustang in SCCA 2010 with team owner Ron Stanley. In her first year racing the car, she set a new track record at Sebring International Raceway for the SPU class, and won multiple events in fields of 30+ cars. She took home an overall Vice-Championship place in her very first year in the series. During this year she also put together a hands on STEM education program for her college that would bring fellow engineering students to the track around her racing program to learn more about the sport and the engineering of the car with her and her team.
Showing speed early on in her sports car driving career, she went on to test for multiple teams, including a World Challenge Rx-8 and Ferrari F430 GT race car. She also became a driving instructor for high performance driving experiences, where she helped student drivers hone their need for speed!
In 2018 she was selected to test the new Fiat 124 Abarth Rally car for road racing as part of the Hoonigan's nationwide female driver search. She ran the fastest track times in the competition and completed numerous testing days with Fiat & Kumho Tires.
From 2017-2018 she’s spent time on the podium in the EXR Series, competing in both sprint races and 3HR night time endurance races alongside top professional sports car racers.
Collete started her racing career competing in open-wheel racecars on the path to IndyCar. She graduated from the Skip Barber Racing School following winning her first championship in karting to kick off the transition to racing cars. Her goal was to compete in the IndyCar development ladder series on the Mazda Road to Indy.
Not coming from money or a family in the racing industry to help her get started, she walked miles and miles of race tracks across Florida and Georgia, looking for sponsorship opportunities and ultimately a ride. Using good old fashioned grit and determination, she convinced team owners to give her a shot and put her into race cars for the first time. She competed in any driver’s seat she could find her way into, often with zero practice heading into the race weekend.
She competed in local SCCA competitions, formula 500, formula enterprise, formula continental and formula atlantic cars, and made her SCCA nationals debut in a formula continental race car, placing 4th in her first national event.
By 2012 her hard work paid off, and she was able secure funding and a team to run in IndyCar’s Mazda Road to Indy ladder system in the USF2000 Championship Series. She competed in the Sebring and St. Petersburg events taking home a 5th and 6th place finishes in her first pro races. She became one of the highest finishing females in that series.
In 2013, she was selelceted to represent TeamUSA in their testing for the PanAM GP series in Miami.