Our very own 8th grade student Kimberly Uzzo, amazes us time after time.

She interviewed racecar legend Danica Patrick.


The Press Democrat is still waiting for its one-on-one interview session with Danica Patrick. But Kimberly Uzzo, age 12, already has that distinction on her resume.

Uzzo, about to enter the eighth grade at Altimira Middle School in Sonoma, covered the NASCAR practice, qualifying and racing for Kid Scoop News this weekend. She confidently asked questions at group press conferences, and sidled up to the world's top stock-car racers with her notebook and camera.

Uzzo admitted that reporting is harder than she thought it would be, but generally had a great time at the raceway. The highlight was definitely interviewing Patrick, her favorite driver.

“I asked her about role models, and then she said that some people walk up to her and say, 'Oh, I want to be just like you when I grow up,' ” Uzzo recalled.

“And she's like, 'No, be better. I didn't have role models, because I always wanted to be better than them.' I thought that was like a cool way to live.”

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