On most weekdays, you can find Jennifer Adams behind her desk at the Legg Mason office in Pikesville, where she works as a sales assistant. On weekends, you can catch a glimpse of her as she tears up the track at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia, ripping past spectators at 130 mph. But this Sept. 9-10, you'll have the opportunity to watch Ms. Adams as she slows things down to 30 mph for the Arthritis Foundation's Mini Grand Prix at Camden Yards.
Ms. Adams, 23, takes a step toward reaching her goal of racing at the Indianapolis 500 when she pilots a go-cart styled after the professional cars, the Formula Ones, for the Mini Grand Prix. Her cart, tentatively sponsored by Legg Mason, marks her first time behind the wheel inside Camden Yards. She worked as a flagman at last year's Arthritis Foundation race.
Although Ms. Adams has been committed to racing professionally only for the past year, she has wanted to race cars since age 6. In the past year, she has successfully completed two training courses for race-car drivers. Now she races her stock 1980 Ford Pinto every opportunity she gets, with the hope that she'll someday own a Pinto GT, which would give her maximum speeds of 150 mph.
When she's not racing, the Timonium resident still spends her time at raceways, practicing her emergency services training by assisting drivers who get hurt and towing cars from accidents. Ms. Adams also donates her racing time and skills to other charities, such as the Mini Grand Prix Race for Multiple Sclerosis held in Washington and a Rotary Club charity race in Leesburg, Va.
She got involved with the Arthritis Foundation's cause last year when the foundation was seeking an organization to manage its race. That organization turned out to be the Sports Car Club of America, of which Ms. Adams is a member. The SCCA regularly puts races together by supplying everything from racers to flags and pit crews.