Born March 28, 1989, Kelsey Rowlings has always lived a very active lifestyle. Throughout her earlier years she competed in multiple sports including swimming, track and field, and horseback riding. Entering high school, Kelsey began experiencing symptoms of extreme fatigue and swollen salivary glands. Without any explanation to her symptoms, Kelsey focused her energy on music and competitive horseback riding.
In 2007, Kelsey graduated high school and received a scholarship to the University of Florida to study as a bassoon performance major. Around the same time, she discovered drifting and was immediately drawn to motorsports. Her freshman year in college was not the typical first year experience. Her symptoms of fatigue, along with joint and muscle pains, increased with the demanding college schedule and towards the end of her freshman year, she was finally given an answer to the symptoms that plagued her for the past 6 years. Kelsey was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrom
Sjogren’s syndrome is an incurable, autoimmune disease where one’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells by mistake. While the diagnosis did answer a lot of questions, it also brought a lot of complications into Kelsey’s life and required several lifestyle changes. Kelsey was forced to cut back on her course load at UF and eventually switched her major to English, in which she earned a Bachelors degree. Although she was forced to make changes, Kelsey continued to push herself as hard as she could, and learning to drift became not just an escape; but her passion.
Drifting opened up a new world for Kelsey. Towards the end of her journey at UF, she began to compete in Pro-Am competitions and worked her way up, earning a Formula Drift Pro 2 license. Following some mechanical issues early on, Kelsey still finished the 2018 season in 12th place. Kelsey plans to continue along her current path and hopes to compete in Formula Drift Pro in the near future. She also hopes her experience in drifting will open the door to being competitive in other forms of motorsports. Check out Kelsey’s Formula Drift driver’s page!
About the Crew
A relic from the past, Kelsey’s father enjoyed drag racing until introduced to the elegance of drifting. Now, he is a proud supporter of Kelsey’s drifting career and enjoys improving the car!
We also have some valued guest members of our crew whose contributions are greatly appreciated.
About Sjögren’s Syndrome
Sjögren’s is a chronic autoimmune disorder in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Today, as many as four million Americans are living with this disease. Learn More here.
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