Fearless is the way Sara Geer's father describes his daughter.
''She's not afraid of anything,'' said Mark Geer, one of Sara's crew members with her Phantom Go-Kart racing team. Sara's crew chief is her grandfather, Larry Geer, who not only encourages Sara in her racing, but has a bit of racing background himself.
''I ran stock cars at the Sharon Speedway back in the 70s,'' Larry Gear said. ''This is something I always wanted my granddaughter to do.
With a purchased chassis, Mark and Larry built Sara's go-kart, which travels at a speed of around 40 to 50 miles per hour on the racetrack. Sara also helps work on the kart.
''It's important that she knows the go-kart,'' Mark Geer said. ''She has to be able to tell us when something needs adjusted.''
Right now they are taking it slow, as far as the speed of the kart, Larry Geer said. As Sara races more, the vehicle can be adjusted for greater speeds.
''She's old enough to go faster,'' Larry Geer said, ''and we'll move up one plate at a time to increase her speed when we feel she's ready,'' he said.
Also supporting Sara's racing hobby is her mother, Teresa Geer.
''We do the racing as a family,'' Mark Geer said. ''We really enjoy the family time at the track and it has brought us closer together as a family.''
With the number 28 on her helmet and fire resistant suit, Sara races most Saturday nights at Goodhope Speedway in New Springfield. Just racing since March and still considered a first year rookie, of the 15 races she has participated in, Sara has won 12, bringing home several trophies and shirts.
A former soccer player with Canton United and a seventh grade student at Howland Middle School, Sara's racing sponsors include Michelle McLeod of Become International out of Las Vegas and Steve Colton and Michelle Waters of Waters Motor Sports, also from Las Vegas.
''Next year we hope to pick up more sponsors,'' said Mark Geer.