Thursday, July 9, 2009

A Fast Lap with Jamie Little

We had the pleasure of meeting ESPN pit reporter Jamie Little last week in Daytona. We were immediately impressed with her knowledge of motorsports and her sense of style. She was genuinely nice and we left with the feeling that Jamie is someone we would love to share a glass of wine or go jet skiing with!

What have you recently put on your ipod?
A mix of random things; Daughtry & Country music. I am a country music lover so all the latest and greatest there. I pretty much download the top 20 on iTunes every couple of months. When I am running I like to have everything from hip hop to country.

What was the last movie you saw, in the theater or rented?
I saw The Hangover two weeks before Daytona.

What is your Favorite TV show?
Does NASCAR Now count? :)

What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
If it doesn't have a motor I don't pay attention to it! Although I do love horse racing.

Do you get to go to any of the horse races?
No, we have a race every weekend there is a horse race. Going to the Kentucky Derby would be a dream!

What is one personal item that you couldn't live without?
My blackberry!

What is your favorite brand of clothing?
I love designer jeans, especially William Rast since Justin Timberlake & Trace Ayala are very involved in racing & have sponsored cars. I am originally from Las Vegas so the shopping out there is the best. I have to keep a fine line of being girly and over the top at the track. I also love designer sunglasses.

What is your favorite place to visit off season?
I love to going home to Las Vegas. I also like to visit anywhere on the West Coast, San Diego, Lake Tahoe, any place by the water is awesome.

What is your Favorite book or publication?
Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz is a book that I recently read that stands out. Just started The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. It is a book that is based on racing from a dog’s perspective, he narrates the book from a human’s prospective. IndyCar driver Lyn St. James, the first woman to win the Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award, gave me the book a year ago.
What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
Ride dirt bikes, mountain bikes, work out, and go jet skiing. Me and Shannon just got jet skiis together. Basically anything active with my family is key.

What is your favorite cuisine?
I can eat Sushi breakfast, lunch & dinner.

What other advice would you give to females looking to get into the sporting world?
It doesn't matter what the sport is, if it is considered a boy’s world then women belong there too. It isn't a gender thing. If you are good, you will be taken seriously and if drivers give you an attitude, they are treating you like a guy and that is the best compliment you can get. There is definitely a place for women here and there are more and more coming around every year.

Do you have a favorite driver?
Hands down as a reporter, what we look for in somebody is Carl Edwards. He always gives you what you want, whether he has won or lost a race. The fans love him and he isn't vanilla. He will let you know if he is upset and he is always a very respectful, hard racer. He is the perfect package.

When you are reporting in the pits, how do you stay away from crossing the line while interviewing crew members?
We have producers in our head, telling us what to do, etc. and I always use my instinct and gut reaction. We have an amazing team and our producer won’t force us to do an interview. If the crew chief does not want to talk, we will get the next best thing. There is always that fine line and we don't want to cross it. A driver can get mad at you because of something you said to another driver but everyone understands and we are in the same boat.

Jamie with the Ally, Megan & Darlynn

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