5/19/2013: Day two of orientation started bright and early and went late into the night. Throughout the day we got to tour the NASCAR R&D (research and development) Center, Revolution Racing and the Roush Fenway Shop. We learned a lot about the science behind NASCAR racing, the regulations put in place and the heavy emphasis on driver safety and fairness.
We also had several speakers talk to us about what it’s like working for NASCAR, how they moved up through the ranks, tips for making the most of our internship and the importance of networking. A few of these speakers were previous interns of the NASCAR Diversity programs who talked about how their internship went and ways it can turn into a full-time career. Every single speaker talked about how networking was one of the most vital things an individual could do to further their career within NASCAR, or anywhere really.
Then, that afternoon, we had the opportunity to go to a truck race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While decked out with our NASCAR backpacks and golf carts, we also had Hot passes, which basically means we can stand right behind pit crews (the people who change tires in a matter of seconds). It was an amazing experience because we had access to sections where the drivers hang out and got to see all the action firsthand. I met a Drive for Diversity driver, Darrell Wallace, and a former High Point University student, Ty Dillon, before their race! After the race, we had the opportunity to stand in the Winner’s Circle during all the festivities.