I have to admit that I didn’t see the race yesterday. I know! I know. It really sucks to miss a race it feels like I’m missing an episode in a soap opera, even if nothing particularly huge happens you still feel like you need to see the story lines they use to set up other story lines to stay up to date.
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Here’s some fabulous news: The bands Switchfoot (pictured left) and Parachute, two bands I adore, are headlining this year’s “NASCAR Rev’d Up” event that celebrates the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. It’s taking place in uptown Charlotte on May 20th from 4-10pm. Oh and the concert is FREE! The All-Star Race is on Saturday, May 22nd at Charlotte Motor Speedway and will air on SPEED. Here’s hoping I get to go this year! I don’t think I can tell you how badly I want to go to the All-Star race, it’s ridiculous.
In other news…
– As we all now know, Kasey Kahne will be leaving Richard Petty Motorsports after this year, although not sure where he’ll be in 2011, but he’ll be joining Hendrick Motorsports for sure in 2012. I think that’s a great place for Kasey to seriously take root while at the same time spreading his wings and racking up some wins.
And since we’re on the subject of Kasey, he was in San Francisco yesterday hanging out with the San Francisco Giant’s center-fielder Aaron Rowand. Kasey tried his hand at batting practice and got some tips from Rowand on his swing.
(photo credit: Mike Doran)
– Natalie Sather, who races for Sellers Racing in the NASCAR Whelen All American Series, was a guest on The Tyra Banks Show last week. Yes, I’m late in posting this, but still better late than never right? Plus they always show reruns of Tyra so you should be able to catch it again at some point. Natalie, who was a former Drive for Diversity driver and is featured in Andrew Giangola’s book The Weekend Starts on Wednesday, was given a makeover by Tyra Banks herself. It was definitely a fun and memorable moment for the young, up-and-coming driver:
“Getting all ‘dolled up’ is something I don’t do very often, let alone on national television,” she said. “I was asked to appear on the show since I am a female in a male-dominated sport, and most of the time I find myself wearing jeans and a t-shirt, hair in a pony, with no makeup. I have been known to say, ‘I am the girliest tomboy you will ever meet.’ But, on the same note, as much as I like to be girly, I do struggle with it. Going on the Tyra show gave me some great tips on makeup, and fashion. I would have preferred to discuss racing, how Peyton Sellers and H.C. Sellers, my crew chief, are helping me, working on the cars, and competing against guys. But let’s be honest: what girl doesn’t like to get a makeover!”
Last week was the Drive for Diversity combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston Speedway. Yes, it’s a tad lame of me for writing about it now, but better late than never right?
Drive for Diversity invited 25 applicants out to the track to show off their racing skills in the hopes of being selected for the 2009 Drive for Diversity season. Fourteen drivers will be selected to be a part of four NASCAR Camping World Series teams and 10 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams.
“With the participation of 14 dedicated team owners, we are able to increase our national presence, as well as provide more opportunities to young minority and female drivers,” said Greg Calhoun, president of Access Marketing & Communications, which runs the Drive for Diversity program.
Increasing the number of drivers and team owners will give the program a greater presence at several well respected weekly tracks across the country. It will also increase local team owner involvement in the program. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series teams participating in the program for 2009 represent 10 different weekly tracks across eight different states, including California, Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.
According to my count of the combine participants 16 of them were female, which I think is super cool! It’s only a matter of time before we see women competing at NASCAR’s top level. And not just getting in for a race here and a race there, I mean having a real chance at winning, with complete support and great equipment.
Twenty-five minority and female drivers from across the country participated in the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston Speedway. Ten drivers will earn rides in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and four will earn positions in the NASCAR Camping World Series. (Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Trista Stevenson of Pocahontas, Ill. is congratulated by Brett Bodine after her time on track during the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston Speedway. (Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Natalie Sather of Fargo, N.D. talks with Drive for Diversity program mentor Wendell Scott Jr. during the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston Speedway. (Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
NASCAR Managing Director of Public Affairs Marcus Jadotte, who oversees the diversity department, huddles with Lyn St. James, who was offering guidance to the drivers at the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston Speedway. (Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Current Drive for Diversity participant Paul Harraka, who won the track championship at All American Speedway in Roseville, Calif., chats with team owner Bill McAnally during the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston Speedway. (Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Caitlin Shaw of Albuquerque, N.M. gets ready to get in her car during the Drive for Diversity Combine presented by Sunoco at South Boston Speedway. (Photo Credit: Grant Halverson/Getty Images for NASCAR)