When I received an invitation to attend Bridgestone’s Indy Racing Academy (Driver Development Center) in Toronto Canada I felt electric excitement (and a little disbelief) that I had been invited (along with nine other female journalists) to attend what to me, was my ultimate dream come true.
After receiving the invitation the first two people I would have loved to share this exciting news with was my father and my grandfather – unfortunately both had passed within the last year. My dad and grandpa loved cars, were pilots, and both would be really proud (and just as excited as I was) to have heard about my invitation. My dad would have been especially stoked because he loved to race cars – more specifically drag race.
So in an effort to honor my dad I decided to put on a special piece of jewelry and call my step mom. I not only wanted to tell her the news about my racing school (dream) invitation but to also inspire her. “In honor of dad I am going to wear my butterfly (pendant) necklace (he gave me a few Christmas ago) while driving the Indy car,” I told her. “That way (when I’m driving) it will be like dad is flying around the track with me,” I added. Of course an emotional female moment ensued - but it was all good..