This high school freshman has had the racing spark since she was five years old. She has always had a love for anything motorized and was even given the nickname “Miss Mobility” by her family. Whether it’s drag racing, motocross, karting, or eventually road racing; Natalie Erickson wants to experience all the racing world has to offer!
Natalie got her first taste of racing when she ran her Honda CRF50 in Puyallup in Mickey Fay’s Flat Track Series. Three years later, she was helping her dad make his new dragster track worthy when she discovered junior dragsters. She was so excited as she didn’t even know they existed before then! From that point on she could think of nothing more she wanted to do. And that Christmas she had her very first junior dragster waiting for her in her driveway, with a big red bow, on Christmas morning! She has been racing in the Junior Dragster programs at area tracks since she was 8. She has run in the Junior Thunder class, and currently runs in both the Junior Lightning and Junior Street classes.
The Pacific Pirates were excited to have Natalie representing our team in both the Junior Lightning and Junior Street classes, but it’s her “ferrari” that was a highlight from the ET Finals for everyone! Natalie drives a red 2002 Toyota Echo that they nicknamed “Little Pistachio”. Following the Italian theme, they scoured the internet and found Ferrari decals which they added to that speed machine. Every time Natalie would come into the staging lanes, the announcers would call out “And in the right lane, we have Natalie Erickson in the Red Ferrari”. All the teams got a kick out of it and that “Ferrari” led her straight to the Winner’s Circle, and a Wally win, at ET Finals!
Natalie is dedicated to racing, and trying out everything motorsports has to offer! She is also focused on spreading the word about the world of motorsports and is starting in her school where she has started the first “Mercer Island Motorsports Club”. If you spend any time around Natalie, you will walk away with an excitement for racing and be inspired to try it for yourself!
The future looks bright for “Miss Mobility” and we can’t wait to see where she takes her racing spirit. Whether it’s on the Drag Strip, the Road Course, or on another track, I have no doubt that we will see Natalie’s name on the lips of announcers for years to come!