Motorsport

Drivers with a difference

By Susie East

Updated 1416 GMT (2216 HKT) April 24, 2015
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Kenzie Ruston used to play soccer, basketball and was even a cheerleader before specializing in NASCAR racing. Jonathan Moore/Getty Images/file
The 23-year-old was a late starter, participating in her first race at 14 -- but quickly moved up the ranks, winning seven championship titles in 2009. Scott Hunter
"There's a bunch of fans out there when you go to tracks that just cheer for the girl because there's not that many of us," Ruston told CNN. Scott Hunter
Here Ruston (#96) is pictured driving in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series at Iowa Speedway. Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images/file
Dylan Smith began racing in a Kid Kart when he was four years old. Scott Hunter
In 2009, Smith won Rookie of the Year honors in the Touring Late Model division at Thunder Road Speedbowl. He also participated in his first Drive For Diversity Combine. Scott Hunter
"I've been trying to break into this exact team and this program for the last six years, so to come and drive for them is really a dream come true," Smith said of the Drive For Diversity team. Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR/file
Drivers form a team huddle before going out on their track activities during the 2012 NASCAR Drive For Diversity Combine at Langley Speedway, Virginia. Tom Whitmore/Getty Images for NASCAR/file