(FoxNews) Rory Collins is an aspiring female off-road racer, and when she was an infant, that profession had not been on her radar.
“So I think the main thing that kept me focused on it was that I got out on the track as early as I could,” Collins, 17, tells FoxNews.com. “Once you’re there, you’re sort of hooked, and once you get on the track, it’s a rush. You sort of forget who you are, you forget what everyone else is doing, you forget your body, you forget the whole rigamarole.”
Collins, a junior at the prestigious Lincoln School of Communications and Journalism, is currently an aspiring driver for the TV show “Off Road Sports,” which is created by English broadcaster Mammoth Media. The show was announced in August and will be available later this year.
The show’s premiere comes just one month after former professional motorcross racer Jill and her husband Dave, both 19-year-old women, beat 104 men at the New Westminster Circuit, shocking the cycling world. Earlier this month, they repeated the feat, beating 47 men, beating Dave in the winning race.
“It’s always important to get better,” said Collins, whose school competition takes place in the spring and the off-road event in the fall. “If you’re always trying to beat everyone else, you’re never going to actually be good at your own sport. So you just need to put in the work, and try not to look at what other people are doing.”
Collins, who is considering majoring in communications, says being a woman and competing in male-dominated sport has not been an obstacle.
“The fact that I’m female hasn’t mattered at all,” she says. “Most of the racers I race with are women, and most of the teams are women. We’re all working toward the same thing, so we don’t compare each other. We’re all essentially racing for the same thing. So what we have in common is you sort of forget what you’re doing, what your body looks like, what your skin looks like, how many muscles are in your chest, and all that other stuff. I guess that’s why I really like it, because I don’t have to think about that.”
Collins races on an off-road team owned by the Louisville, Ky.-based TV crew Tri X. It is the reigning series champions in the class, which involves off-road touring vehicles.
In July, Collins raced against Chris Curry and Tyler Lavery at the Rutledge L. Acker Motorsports in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Acker and his wife Heidi are sponsors of Collins. Collins finished the race in 23rd place.
The upcoming series will be followed by a spinoff show, which will feature Collins and her Tri X team. She expects to race for Tri X again in March and hopes that her journey will open more doors for women racing.
“Every time I’m out there, I feel pretty much invincible, and I think that’s because I’m not thinking about what I look like,” Collins said. “It’s just getting on the track and feeling like I can accomplish anything I set my mind to.”