Harvick shows new ride to NASCAR Illustrated
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine chats with Kevin Harvick about bringing back an iconic paint scheme to NASCAR .
NASCAR Illustrated : Jeff Gordon tribute
Sports Illustrated looks back at some of Jeff Gordon's moments and pays a special thanks to his greatness, along with all that he means to NASCAR .
NASCAR Illustrated spotlights James Bickford
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine sits down with NASCAR Next driver James Bickford to discuss his budding career.
NASCAR Illustrated : Marty Robbins, the racer
NASCAR legends reminisce with NASCAR Illustrated about the racing career and character of country music singer Marty Robbins.
NASCAR Illustrated : Women In Broadcasting Roundtable
Sitting down with the women of FS1 "It's sort of a double-edged sword. A lot of times you get doors opened because you're a female, but you have to try extra hard to keep that door open." That was Krista Voda of NBC Sports in a 2005 NI feature on women broadcasters in NASCAR . Has anything changed? To find out, NI Senior Producer Steven Levine sat down with FOX Sports broadcasters Danielle Trotta, Kaitlyn Vincie and Jamie Little. NI: Is being a voice for the female fan something you're conscious of in what, let's face it, has been historically a male-dominated sport? Danielle Trotta: We certainly stand out, if you will, in a world amongst men — and certainly an industry amongst men. I don't necessarily think I cater my message specifically toward a female audience. My job is to inform and entertain whoever is watching. I certainly try to mentor young women that want to be in this business. That’s a great way to give back to other women and young girls that want to be us one day and take our jobs. "You can take my job eventually, but not right now. You need to have your training wheels on." I don't like it when people think we're just here because we're a pretty face, or we're a girl that can put the dress on and that's our only value. That's really degrading. Our job is to be just as informed and prepared as our male counterparts. At the end of the day, if we can put lipstick on and have some fun with it and be girls in a man's world at the same time, that’s great, but I think we have just as much value and every right to be here as they do. NI: It's interesting to hear you say that because you’ve also worked in football and if there is a man's world to perhaps rival NASCAR , football is it. Did you find fans or co-workers more receptive in NASCAR versus football? Trotta: I feel like I came into the business as Erin Andrews was getting her start. The female sideline reporter was becoming extremely popular. The industry became, I think, oversaturated. At that time, we saw it as: Put the token pretty girl on the sideline. I grew up watching football at a time when it was always men on the sideline, and then Suzy Kolber, Michele Tafoya and Hannah Storm started to change some of that. Then they kind of went younger with the Erin Andrews of the world. For a while, I didn’t know if I wanted to have that stigma attached to myself, but now I find that it's a sorority I'm really proud to be a part of. The industry is moving away from just sticking anyone down there. (They're) having women that have a strong opinion, a strong voice that can hold their own in a man's world. We're becoming more valued. It's due to a lot of the women who have worked really hard to get here and earn their place. You have to hold your own in a man's world. NI: Kaitlyn, who did you watch as you were coming up? Kaitlyn Vincie: (Gestures to Trotta and Little.) Of course, Krista Voda and Wendy Venturini, as well. In college, I was studying gender communications and I did a project for my course on women in a male-dominated industry, and both of them were in my PowerPoint. I looked toward both of them and some of the other women that I listed as the people I wanted to be like and wanted to mirror. It's really kind of an honor and a privilege to be working alongside them. NI: Jamie, there was a time when you and Shannon Spake were working side by side on pit road. At the 2015 Daytona 500 , you were the only woman represented on the broadcast. Is that just fluctuation, or are we taking three steps forward and two steps back? How do you assess the role of women on NASCAR broadcasts these days? Jamie Little: I think we're in the best place we've ever been. Like Danielle alluded to, it's not just that we're down there because we need a female face. We're down there because we need the best reporters in that role, and I think that’s what you see. You might see three women and one man, or you might see all four men. It just depends on who is the best, who your bosses feel are the best at the time and that’s a great place to be. Personally, Shannon Spake and I couldn’t have been closer friends, but I like being the only female. I don’t see myself as a female down there and I don’t see myself as one of the guys. I just want to be a good reporter and I want people to look at me that way. So when that opportunity (to work in motocross broadcasting), way back when I was 18, opened up and there wasn’t a woman — like Kaitlyn had females to look up to and learn from — I saw it as an opportunity. From that day on, I never saw myself as one female here. I saw it as I’m here just like the men and I have a right to be. Trotta: It's kind of like Danica Patrick . She wants to be known as just another race car driver, not a female race car driver. Little: Yet she embraces her femininity so well. I wasn’t always OK with dressing up or wearing the heels. I didn’t want to be portrayed that way. I wanted to be taken so seriously and it’s taken me a long time. I always wanted to fit in with the guys and didn’t want to stand out, and it’s OK to be that way now. Trotta: It is interesting that Danica kind of embraces it. It’s true, we have to find that balance too. NI: Do you get tired of being asked the gender question? All: No. Trotta: I don’t think we’re past the conversation, but I certainly think, like Jamie said, we’re in the best place we’ve ever been. It’s certainly evolving, and if you don’t have this conversation, I don’t think it ever gets better. Hopefully, girls will be reading this and thinking, “OK, if they did it, I can do it.” NI: How about beyond NASCAR ? Kaitlyn, do you have any professional aspirations beyond motorsports? Vincie: I'm just happy with what I’m doing. I haven’t really thought about what’s next because I’m so busy with what’s now. Little: I always duck that question, too — "OK, when are you going to football?" I'm not. I don't want to do football. This is my goal. SUBSCRIBE NOW!
NASCAR Snapchat: Live story from Talladega
Don't miss NASCAR's latest Live Story in Snapchat this weekend as we take you inside race day at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. The Live Story features videos and photos submitted by drivers, teams and fans from in and around the track, showcasing behind-the-scenes access with your favorite stars along with the best of what fans experience around the track. Here's your chance to experience a day in the life at one of NASCAR's most exciting races, even if you can’t make it to the track. If you're making the trip to Talladega, be sure share your Snaps into the Talladega Live Story starting at 5 a.m. ET. And even if you aren't there, follow NASCAR on Snapchat for behind-the-scenes content throughout the season by clicking here.
NASCAR Streak to the Finish: Who dominates at 'Dega?
NASCAR .com's Jonathan Merryman and Chris Rice break down two picks from the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that look to finish in the top ten at Talladega Superspeedway for NASCAR's Streak to the Finish fantasy game.
NASCAR Illustrated : Bowyer’s helmet collection
Clint Bowyer shows off his impressive custom helmet collection to NASCAR Illustrated .
NASCAR Illustrated : Childress Vineyards
NASCAR Illustrated's Steven Levine meets up with Richard Childress and explores the legendary NASCAR team owner’s passion for wine.
NASCAR Illustrated : Up Front with Danica Patrick
Driver, sponsor 'Go Pink' to support breast cancer awareness RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated Danica Patrick , at just a shade over 5 feet tall, was fidgety. Sitting on a couch overlooking the lobby of Stewart-Haas Racing , her feet failed to touch the ground. But there's no denying the big impact this diminutive driver has had on breast cancer awareness. In her sophomore season as a full-time Sprint Cup driver, Patrick and sponsor GoDaddy continued their "Go Pink" campaign in the fight against the disease. Patrick, as she did last season, competed in a pink No. 10 Chevrolet during the month of October. On a typically busy day, Patrick took time out between photo shoots to talk with " NASCAR Illustrated " about this year's program. NASCAR Illustrated : This has become a special initiative for you and GoDaddy. What are some of the highlights for 2014? Danica Patrick : Well, the same beautiful pink suit is back. I do love the rich pink color of it and what it signifies. If you go to GoDaddy.com/donate, you can donate $10 or more and you can put someone's name on my Martinsville car. To honor someone who's been affected or maybe not made it. It's a good way to donate and help the cause and be part of a NASCAR race. NI: Do you have any friends or family who've been affected by the disease? Patrick: I do. I have a friend who I grew up with who benefitted from the technology of being able to detect the breast cancer gene. She preventively had a double mastectomy in her mid-20s. For me, I'm grateful for everything that people have done for so long with donating and just making the general public so aware of this disease. NI: The pink color really pops and it's synonymous with this cause. How prominent is pink in your personal wardrobe? Is it a color you usually gravitate towards? Patrick: The pink and green go really good together. They're a nice color package. I probably stayed away from pink for a long time at least around racing anyway. It's pretty obvious I'm a girl. I don't need to slap pink on and make it even more obvious. It's kind of funny actually about putting this suit on and it being pink and saying I love it, how I steered away from making it so obvious I'm a girl. It just shows me how much I'm thinking about the cause as opposed to anything else, what it stands for to wear pink in October. I mean, if football players can go out there and wear pink on game day then so can I. NI: Do you get a different type of satisfaction from this compared to a typical sponsor relationship? Patrick: I see it as working with your partners to do more together and deepen that relationship by giving back together. For me, obviously, using the platform of racing and what I do and doing things like this to just having that pride that your sponsor is doing something to give back as well, giving up their whole car livery and color scheme to raise awareness for something else other than them. NI: It would seem one of the big perks of your job is being able to use your celebrity in an effort to help others. How gratifying is that for you on a personal level? Patrick: I feel like it's a responsibility maybe more than anything that so many people pay attention, that there are so many NASCAR fans and fans of mine, I'm very fortunate, and I feel like it's a pretty cool privilege to use that for other things. So I feel a responsibility to it. I feel it's part of the deal. I get so much from so many other people; it's a responsibility to give back. NI: You've done ride-alongs and met a lot of survivors. Has there been one story that's really resonated or is it more just a collective impact? Patrick: With breast cancer, it's just a vibe within the group. They're always in a great mood. They have such camaraderie, such optimism and they do really cool and empowering things along the way like go out and ride 130-140 mph in a car with me around a race track without a helmet on and just a seatbelt. They're doing things that I've been told in the past, that this is stuff that I'd have never done or been brave enough before breast cancer and now I am. It's just stuff to make them happy, smile and get together and have that sense of community around it because they're all going through the same hell, to be honest. There's a certain level of comfort for them to be around other people that are going through it and can share. NI: What's going to make this a successful campaign for you, how will you know you've made the impact you've wanted to? Is it numbers or feelings? Patrick: I've been involved in lots of different awareness campaigns and you don't see the fruits of your labor now, next year or the year after. It's stuff that just over time -- it's a movement. I don't think we're going to see the efforts that we've made in the very moment or right away in the immediate future. I think that's something that you see later on. Probably the most immediate stuff would be the funds raised to do more research and to learn more about the disease and to try and find a cure. But over time, 10 and 20 years later, what did that movement do to the general public and how much of an issue is the disease now? And we can't know that yet. Thanks 4 backing NBCF @GoDaddy Oct. drive 2 ‘Put the Brakes on Breast Cancer’ we raised $29K to add to the big check! pic.twitter.com/gYAH2BnZcs — Danica Racing Online (@danicaracing) October 31, 2014 SUBSCRIBE NOW!