Funny story ( #NASCAR ). I got up at the crack of dawn this morning to get to the track for Chapel/services, because it’s Sunday & because I love GOD. I asked the girl working in the media center yesterday what time that happened to be and she pointed to the track services meeting on the schedule. It was scheduled to start at 8:30. I busted my rear ( not literally ),but I made it.
I sat down and pulled out my journal, ready to get fed and looked around. I remember thinking, there sure are a lot of folks in orange and red shirts, but I was too excited about the service to think much more about it. The meeting started and quickly I realized I was indeed in the Track Services Meeting, just it was the actual Track Services Meeting, as in the people that service the track, like EMS, Jet-dryer drivers, nurses, etc.
By that time I didn’t want to get up and leave, as I was slightly embarrassed. The reporter took over in me and I thought I can learn something here. I took notes and listened intently, and planned my escape. Towards the end off the meeting I slipped out. One of the gentlemen that led the meeting followed me out. His name was Scott French, he is the Race and Advance Logistics Coordinator for NASCAR.
I laughed as I told him my mistake. He said, “they said you were a reporter, but we were glad to have you, as we encourage an open door policy here.” ( I guess I stuck out that much).
So all in all my mistake turned into a learning opportunity and a chance to meet a great person like Scott French, and see what it takes behind the scenes to keep the drivers and the fans safe at a track like Talladega.