Stanford undergrad to make debut on ‘Survivor’ tonight

Julia Landauer (photo by Emily Dehn Knight)

It’s no wonder JULIA LANDAUER‘s biggest pet peeve is slow drivers in the left lane. After all, according to Stanford magazine, Landauer won her first go-cart race at 12 and her first car racing championship at 14.

At 15, her competitive spirit rubbed at least one parent the wrong way.

“I was bumping the guy in front of me. It’s what you do in the go-carting world,” the Stanford junior, who also is a professional race car driver, recalled in a 2011 interview. “And I had a dad come up to me and say, ‘You know, you’re not going to make any friends by doing this’ in a pretty condescending way. So I came back with, ‘I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to win races,’ and that kind of silenced him.”

Viewers will find out whether Landauer makes any friends or gets voted off the island when she appears as a contestant on the 26th season of Survivor tonight.

“Watch as me and my fellow castaways travel out to the beautiful, yet treacherous, Philippine islands for the 39-day epic challenge to try and claim the title of Sole Survivor,” she wrote on her HuffPost blog.

The show airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.