Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Fast Lap with Angelique Chengelis

For today's Fast Lap, we would like to introduce you to ESPN2's NASCAR Now reporter, Angelique Chengelis, who is also an occasional insider and occasional member of the Monday roundtable. Angelique joined ESPN in 2007 as a NASCAR reporter for various studio programming including NASCAR Now, SportsCenter and ESPNEWS. She covered motorsports for the Detroit News for more than 15 years, a very important beat in the home city of the Big Three auto manufacturers that play such a crucial role in NASCAR. She still works for that paper covering University of Michigan football and other sports. Angelique lives in the Detroit area.

Q. What music have you recently put on your iPod?
A. Green Day. I'm a big Green Day fan and was able to attend their show at the Palace of Auburn Hills (Michigan) in July. So I downloaded the new CD (I still say, "album") and also the Foxboro Hot Tubs, Green Day's "other" bad.
Yes, sort of a Green Day fixation …

Q. What was the last movie you saw?
A. Public Enemies during a, get this, matinee! I actually tried to see Public Enemies a few weeks earlier, and the kid selling the tickets heard us say a movie that began with the letter, "P" and sold us tickets to "The Proposal"! About half the theater thought it was seeing Public Enemies. Kind of funny … ended up really enjoying The Proposal.

Q. What are your favorite TV shows?
A. Roll your eyes, because this one is pretty predictable -- SportsCenter. I also really, really like Mike and Mike on ESPN2 in the mornings. Because Michigan winters are so brutal, I don't watch a lot of TV during the summer, because we try to get out and about, sooooo…..lots of Seinfeld reruns late at night. I have to admit, I got hooked on "American Idol" and "Dancing with the Stars". (Now I'm rolling my eyes).

Q. What other sporting teams/events do you follow?
A. I also cover Michigan football for The Detroit News and have been doing so since 1992. Detroit is a major sports town, so I've had a chance to cover a lot of different events, like the Super Bowl, NBA finals, U.S. Open (golf) and PGA. This year, I covered the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals.

Q. What is one personal item you can not live without?
A. Cell phone. Hands down.

What are your favorite places to visit?

During the offseason, South Beach. Again, because the Michigan winters are so brutal, it's fun to head south for a few days in January and remember what 80 degrees feels like. During the season, I really enjoy going to Infineon, Watkins Glen and Phoenix. (I also really, really like Dover, which no one else seems to like, so I feel weird admitting that!)

What is your favorite clothing brand?
A. I'm a big Banana Republic fan. I'm also a fan of anything on sale.

Q. What is your favorite book or publication?
A. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice -- I read it once a year. Am addicted to cooking magazines, InStyle, Vanity Fair and Sports Illustrated.

Q. What is your favorite activity to do in your off time?
A. I play a lot of USTA tennis to fill a competitive need, and I golf. I also LOVE spinning, especially to good music (think…Green Day, LOL).

Q. What is your favorite cuisine?
A. Candy. Wait, is that a cuisine? Ice cream? Does that work? I'm a picky eater -- I like chicken, salads (candy and ice cream), but my ancestry is Greek, so if I have to go outside the American-cuisine route, I'd say Greek. I'm a decent cook and learned well from my mom, who is an outstanding cook.

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