Kaylie Green is the girlfriend of 21-year-old NASCAR driver Chase Elliott.
Green, a college student from Charlotte, North Carolina, is from a NASCAR family, like her boyfriend, and has been around racing since she was a kid.
Here’s what you need to know about her:
1. Her Father, David Green, Was a NASCAR Driver & Her Mother Worked in Public Relations
Kaylie’s father, David Green, was a NASCAR driver and is currently a NASCAR official. He retired from racing in 2008 and has also worked as a spotter.
David Green ran in 78 races over six years, from 1997 to 2004, at the top level of NASCAR. He also won nine times in what is now known as the Xfinity Sreies, in 404 races over 23 years. His last win was in 2005 at the Salute to the Troops 250 at Pikes Peak.
David talked about the impact his daughter had on him when she was born in 1997.
“Having Kaylie is the biggest thing that has happened to me. I had always thought that racing was all there was. Now for the first time, there is something else that is more important in my life than racing,” he told Motorsport.com in 1998. “I get to spend a lot of time with Kaylie during the week. “I’m also fortunate that she and Diane come to the majority of races. NASCAR, MRO (Motor Racing Outreach) and all of the tracks have done a tremendous job making this sport family friendly. A lot of drivers are now able to bring their children, wives and families. It wasn’t like that 10 years ago.”
Kaylie’s mother, Diane Green, worked in public relations for NASCAR.
2. She Is a Student at the University of South Carolina
Kaylie Green is a student at the University of South Carolina, according to her Linked in profile. She is a sophomore and is studying public relations.
“Currently a student at the University of South Carolina. Majoring in Public Relations. Journalism and marketing courses. Sport Management classes taken last year. Traveled to Europe to participate in lectures and activities regarding entertainment and sport management of successful companies,” she says on Linkedin.
According to her Twitter page, she is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
3. Her Brother Is Also a Race Car Driver
Green’s brother, Austin, is also a race car driver, according to his Twitter account.
He has driven in the Pro Legend series for Ladyga Motorsports, and is also a 2017 North Carolina Pro Road Course Champion and a 2016 North Carolina Pro Asphalt Champion.
“He was always enthusiastic about racing and anxious to do it, but now that it’s become a little more natural to him, he wouldn’t miss a race for anything. At the same time though, he gets just as excited about soccer practice or going to the beach. It’s a very good mix because I wouldn’t want him to be all about racing 24/7,” David Green said in 2012. “I can’t say enough how proud I am of the way that he handles himself, and I was obviously hoping that the genes would work out where he would not only like racing but be good at it as well.”
Austin, then 11, said he had dreams of following in the footsteps of his father and uncles.
“I want racing to take me all the way to NASCAR,” he said.
4. She Is a Social Media Intern for a Charlotte Tech Company
Green is an intern at a social media company along with being a student at the University of South Carolina, according to Linkedin.
Back in 1998, when she was just 14 months old, Kaylie’s father had a pretty good guess as to what she would want to do in her life.
“I don’t think I want her to become a race car driver. She sits on my lap in the car and turns the steering wheel and pretends she is driving. She doesn’t play with dolls, she plays with matchbox cars,” Green told Motorsport.com. “NASCAR is so big that she can be involved in many capacities. Diane used to work in the public relations field and it would be neat to see Kaylie pursue something like that. My father never told me that I had to drive. I think the best decision is to let your child make their own decision instead of telling them what to do.”
5. She Was Cheering on Elliott at the Daytona 500
Green as at the Daytona 500 cheering on Chase Elliott, who was the pole-sitter.
Elliott, the son of former NASCAR driver and Daytona 500 winner Bill Elliott, was in the lead in the final five laps, but slipped to the back of the pack after running out of fuel. She tweeted a broken heart as her boyfriend fell from the lead:
The race was eventually won by Kurt Busch.
Elliott, in his second full season racing in NASCAR’s top series, is still searching for his first career Monster Energy Cup Series victory.