When this author was 15 years old, he was busy not being very good at cross country and too nervous to ask a cheerleader to homecoming. It's safe to say that 15-year-old Aurora Straus's teenage years have been far more exciting, as she's already spent time racing a Porsche Boxster and that opium for the gearhead known as Spec Miata.

How does a teenager find their way behind the wheel of such serious cars? Well, having a father that runs the prestigious Monticello Motor Club seems to help. Her dad, Ari, is the president at Monticello, so it makes sense that she'd start her time on the track before having a driving license. This video, which popped at CarBuzz and is posted below, shows her circling Monticello in a Radical SR3, her first time driving the car, in a lead-follow exercise with track instructor Corey Lewis.

And if, like us, you're wondering why she doesn't seem to be going at full clip, dad provides an explanation in the YouTube comments, saying, "She turned 15 a week ago, and this video is her first time ever driving this car. She's embarrassed that the video was posted since she's driving five-tenths and not hitting close to redline." She does a pretty good job for a first drive. Scroll down for the full video.


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      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Her lines are still pretty freaking good. Ah, the childhood I wish I had!
        Future Zero
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I'm Sorry Dad! I tried to be the child you wanted but I just want to dance.
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure what she's embarrassed about, she's got nothing to be ashamed of. Pretty sure if I did that when I was 15, they'd still be picking up pieces of the car out in the woods.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Used her head and not her foot, good drive!
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 1 Year Ago
      She's no joke. I've raced that track with Jaguar's hkr and man are those blind hills crazy.
      Autoholics Anonymous
      And I thought it was fun learning to drive with a CVPI "Detective's Special" (basically the hardware without the lights and sirens) was a fun car to learn with. I think she has the cooler options, congrats to her!
      rockcandyme
      • 1 Year Ago
      This could be a world class race track.... but it chooses not to be. I have driven Lime Rock and Watkins Glen. What this place is missing it 2 things. This track needs to be a few feet wider and it DESPARTLY needs the public to attend races and/or an open house. This track needs races.... LOTS of races. I understand this track is for the super rich and members only, but why not some races??? I live 10 mins from this place. It would be nice to pay $50 for the day and just watch the cars go around.. This track is approx 70 miles from mid town Manhattan and is missing out on soooo many track fans. This track could be great and known throughout the world..... but it chooses to be limited. What a shame.... **** Google or Bing this track check out the satellite photos of the track
      D P
      • 1 Year Ago
      I have to agree with Rockcandy, its a wonderful track but its missing so many things. First it needs to have an "Open to the public day" Not a free day, but a day where race fans and car fans can pay to watch cars go around the track. The track has many beautiful grassy hills to view the course from. Second, the track is very close to NYC? Why don't you see the super rich driving there cars there? Lime Rock and Watkins Glen is further away. Why not have MMC grab those drivers that trailer there cars hours past them? Third, Insurance..... its a big number for tracks. Huge. Like other race tracks.... Have an open house with a car show and swap meet? I know it could "cheapen" the tracks look, but right across the street from the track is an old run way from an airport. Open that up for a show or a swap meet? MMC needs more people. It will never make it if things do not change. What a shame
      EZen
      • 1 Year Ago
      You can tell she's still learning (being so young and all) but credit where credit's due - she's not putzing around. Full throttle over 130MPH is certainly more than I can claim. It would be great to see someone like this progress. I wish Red Bull had an on-going series where you really get to know their junior drivers and watch them progress into higher formulas.
      Kelly Hatcher
      • 1 Year Ago
      wish i was a rich kid too...
      Charles Robichaud
      • 1 Year Ago
      when I was 16 I lost a job at a lawn service because they found out from Tallahassee that I needed to be 18 to operate a lawn mower. and that is supposed to be true threw out the US. but a 15yr old rich kid (1%er) can toss around a full on racecar around a track..... go figure!!! and it doesn't look like she's really that fast, I have seen young kids drive r/c cars harder than her! ya know, ones that aren't 1%ers!!!
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charles Robichaud
        Cool story.
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charles Robichaud
        'And if, like us, you're wondering why she doesn't seem to be going at full clip, dad provides an explanation in the YouTube comments, saying, "She turned 15 a week ago, and this video is her first time ever driving this car.' rif.org
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Charles Robichaud
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      Kuro Houou
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah to be a rich kid!
      unsivilaudio
      • 1 Year Ago
      Better than Danica Patrick...
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