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 , Chevrolet launch diversity scholarship contest
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 23, 2016) — NASCAR and Chevrolet today announced the launch of the second annual NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest during a press conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Through this initiative, NASCAR and Chevrolet continue their longstanding commitment to Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) education and promoting opportunities for college students pursuing technology related careers. The contest challenges students to identify a technology or innovation within NASCAR and explain how STEM professionals came to its design in 90-second videos submitted on www.chevy.nascardiversity.com . Four winners will receive a total of $20,000 in scholarships and a VIP experience at Texas Motor Speedway during the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race on November 6, 2016. In what has quickly become an important component of NASCAR's diversity and inclusion platform, the scholarship program helps both organizations attract young, diverse talent to the world of motorsports. "STEM professionals are invaluable to our sport," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations. "We're proud to partner again with Chevrolet in supporting talented students who we hope one day will play an important role in our industry." Video submissions will be judged on technical accuracy, creativity and production quality. Examples of science and technology in NASCAR include, but are not limited to: track banking and construction, race car design, SAFER barrier walls, drafting, gas mileage, tire wear, ethanol fuel, pit road officiating and solar energy. Ken Barrett, chief diversity officer for General Motors, announced the scholarship contest today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "At General Motors, diversity is our strength and we seek unique perspectives to infuse new ideas into all we do - keeping us on the cutting edge of technological innovation," said Barrett. "Attracting and employing the best and brightest STEM talent from around the world places GM and Chevy in the position to win in the marketplace and the race track." Winners will be awarded a scholarship and an exclusive, behind-the-scenes race experience in Texas, including a tour of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage, pace car rides and meet-and-greets with Team Chevy drivers and Chevrolet NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Program Manager, Alba Colon. "We're thrilled to once again offer this scholarship opportunity for talented students," said Colon. " NASCAR is such an innovative sport and this is a great way to get students excited about science and technology." To be eligible for the contest, students must be currently enrolled, at least part-time, in an accredited college or university within the United States, be between the ages of 18 and 25 at the time of entry and submit a YouTube link through the scholarship website. The deadline to enter is October 15, 2016. For more information on the NASCAR Chevrolet Diversity Scholarship Contest, please visit www.chevy.nascardiversity.com .
NASCAR Inside Track: Sponsorship and Charities
Rick Horrow talks about Credit One Bank extending their sponsorship with Jamie McMurray, Auto Lotto sponsoring Darrell Wallace Jr. in the NASCAR XFINTIY Series, as well as, Joey Logano's charity events.
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 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!
NASCAR Illustrated : Up Front with Steve Byrnes
FOX Sports personality discusses battling cancer, positive perspective Photo credit: Jim Fluharty/ NASCAR Illustrated RELATED: Subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated Steve Byrnes has been a stalwart presence in NASCAR for three decades. Whether it was most recently co-hosting " NASCAR Race Hub" or roaming pit road and the garage for so many years previously, Byrnes operated at the highest level of his profession and built a reputation for fairness along the way. Byrnes, who is on medical leave from FOX Sports battling the reemergence of head and neck cancer, discovered the disease had returned this fall. "It is the same cancer," he said. "Doctors were shocked and stunned. They thought I was completely in the clear." It's been said that no man walks alone, and in Byrnes' case, that has rung true with support coming from all sides of the NASCAR community. From drivers such as Dale Earnhardt Jr . and Jimmie Johnson to fans who've welcomed Byrnes into their living rooms for years and seemingly everybody in between. "The outpouring has been overwhelming, completely overwhelming to me," he said. Byrnes' biggest support system can be found at home in Fort Mill, South Carolina, with wife Karen and 12-year-old son Bryson. NASCAR ILLUSTRATED : You tweeted "Why Not Me?" and that was some powerful perspective. Where does that strength come from? STEVE BYRNES: I'm not gonna say it didn't buckle my knees for a minute or strike fear in my heart. But I'll tell you when my attitude really changed. The first day I had chemo last year, there were probably 12 chairs there. I was sitting across from a 20-year-old college kid that looked healthy as a horse. He went to The Citadel and he had testicular cancer. Next to me was a woman who was 75 years old and she'd been treated for 10 years, and quite frankly, was tired of it. And everything in between -- age-wise, ethnicity-wise and gender. It just hit me that I'm not special. I'm not different than anybody else. Cancer doesn't play favorites. So why not me? NI: The support from the NASCAR community has to be humbling. But is it a tangible thing that really serves as a source of strength to help you keep fighting? BYRNES: Yeah, and I'll tell you why. I've always thought in this business, I always kind of kept a distance from the competitors. Just because I wanted there to be a healthy respect two ways … as opposed to me bragging about, "Hey, I'm friends with Carl Edwards ." It was never important to me. In fact, it was more important the other way that they respect me rather than like me. NI: What are some of your favorite stories or indelible moments through the years? BYRNES: One of the things that stands out is I went turkey hunting with Dale Earnhardt. And to this day I have no idea where we were in Alabama (laughs). I know we were somewhere near Montgomery. We landed and it was just me, him, his pilot and one of the videographers I worked with. I had started seeing Karen at that time and we'd been dating about four months. We're sitting on this concrete picnic table and we'd had a few cold beers -- or several -- and he said, "Hey, Byrnes, you love that girl?" And I said, "I'm pretty sure that I do." He says, "Marry her." And I started laughing and I said, "Wait a minute, you're gonna give me marriage advice?" (laughs) NI: How has this whole experience changed you? BYRNES: I struggle for words because it sounds so cliché but every day is a gift. I'm trying so hard right now to rather than be scared or worried, to live in the moment. Every time I start to worry about the future, it makes me realize particularly this second go-around that … if you wake up in the morning, that's a good thing and you should be grateful for that. It sounds corny or cliché, but there is no promise for tomorrow. NI: What lessons have you learned that you couldn't have realized otherwise? BYRNES: People talk about a bucket list. My bucket list is that my son and my wife know how much I love them, so that when my time does come there will be no mystery. They're not gonna have to wonder how Dad or Steve felt about them. I don't care what kind of cancer it is; that word can buckle your knees. But I'll be damned if cancer is gonna take my passions away. I love watching football, I love watching racing, I love watching my son play football. I'm not gonna let this disease rob me of the things that I love, the people that I love. NI: What would you say to all of those people who've supported you? BYRNES: The biggest thing is -- and I don't mean this as a eulogy by any means -- but what I really want people to know is I really care. The person they see on television is the person I am in real life, that I'm passionate about the sport and the people in the sport. I just want people to know that I care that much back. I wasn't doing this just as a job. I'm doing it and hope to do it again as something I truly care about. SUBSCRIBE NOW!