Created by celebrated political cartoonist and StockCarToonist Mike Smith, Gearhead Gertie is for everyone who's ever lived for a day at the races. The central character, Gertie, isn't exactly who you'd expect when you hear the words "race fans", but she's a reminder that fandom is for everyone!
Gearhead Gertie lives for race day. Whether she’s watching a race on tv or sitting in the grandstands, for her NASCAR isn’t just a sport, it’s a way of life. Gertie’s list of opinions about racing is long and her patience with friends and family who don’t share her obsession is short. With a feisty sprit and high octane sarcasm, Gertie lives her love of the sport to the fullest.
Mike Smith has been a professional cartoonist for more than 30 years. Smith works for the Las Vegas Sun, which first started running his work while he was still a senior in college. In addition to drawing a daily cartoon five days a week for the Sun, Smith also draws YouToon, a cartoon caption contest for USA Today. He is the author of Nuts for Racing, a collection of his cartoons on NASCAR racing. His work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, The Washington Post and The New York Times.