America’s Youngest Pro Female Monster Truck Driver | RIDICULOUS RIDES

America’s Youngest Pro Female Monster Truck Driver | RIDICULOUS RIDES


ROSALEE RAMER: Jumping a monster truck is like flying. Now we are going 30, 40, sometimes even 50 feet in the air. Its pretty indescribable. ROSALEE RAMER: Some people try and give me a hard time because I’m a girl once in a while but you know, you really can’t let it get to you. If you do then that’s your biggest disadvantage. ROSALEE RAMER: My name is Rosalee Ramer, I am 20 years old and I am the driver of the Wild Flower monster truck and the youngest professional female monster truck driver. And we are here in Turlock California today for the spring nationals. ROSALEE RAMER: So I have been racing monster trucks professionally since I was 14 years old. When I was 13, I crushed my very first car and then by 14 I was in full-time competition. ROSALEE RAMER: I think I was too young to remember when I first started working with trucks and cars. I have pictures at three years old holding flashlights out at monster truck shows while the guys were working on trucks. ROSALEE RAMER: As soon as I got the opportunity, I have always been working on trucks alongside my Dad whether that’s working on his truck or helping build my own. ROSALEE RAMER: My Dad is like my best friend you know, it’s pretty great getting to spend every weekend on the road with him. KELVIN RAMER: At age 11, she is driving my truck around in the pit area, getting comfortable with it. It was just an ongoing progression and we just added that in. It just seemed like the natural next step – to put her in a monster truck and set up one that fit her and her style. ROSALEE RAMER: This is Wild Flower, my 1932 Ford coupe monster truck. She runs on 66 inch tall tires. That’s five foot six inches, that’s as tall as I am, but they weigh about somewhere between 600-800 pounds depending on the tire you run. ROSALEE RAMER: Back here for a power source, we have got 565 cubic inches of flow and alcohol motor so she has got about 1500-1600 horsepower and she runs on methanol. Back here is my wheelie bar. You can see it gets a lot of action. Last weekend, wheelie contest I bent it up a little bit. ROSALEE RAMER: We got two nitrogen shocks on each corner of the truck. So to go along with the two nitrogen shocks in each corner, we run a four-link suspension. Monster trucks are lot to handle. It’s two different complete steering systems. A lot of horsepower, a lot of responsibility, but you know, I think I was definitely ready when I jumped in the seat. ROSALEE RAMER: Sometimes I say it’s kind of like driving a roller coaster but I have control over it. ROSALEE RAMER: The highest I have jumped is probably about 50 feet in the air. ROSALEE RAMER: I mean the adrenaline rush is absolutely insane. Going 30-40 feet in the air, you feel like you are flying and sometimes there is a moment of hang-time when you are up there. ROSALEE RAMER: Where you just lose your breath a little bit and you are not sure exactly when you are going to land, but you are still planning for when you do. It’s pretty incredible. ROSALEE RAMER: I have probably competed in over 300 competitions. ROSALEE RAMER: I have won multiple competitions from freestyle, to racing, to donut competitions and wheelie contests. ROSALEE RAMER: I’m studying mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech with a minor in industrial design and right now I’m going into my fourth year. I try to keep monster trucks and school pretty separate. Right now with the build of our new truck we are working on the chassis. So getting all the tubes bent and fitted before we weld it up to start putting the rest of the truck together. KELVIN RAMER: It’s a lot of fun to be able to share something, a passion that you have together makes it just so much more fun and exciting. ROSALEE RAMER: Monster trucks is the only platform really where girls and boys compete on an even playing field. There is no girls monster trucks, boys monster trucks. We are all out there competing against each other together. I am doing something I love to do right here, and I like to say I put my best into everything.

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