Jamie Little was the first woman to cover a televised motocross event. In 2004, she became the first female pit reporter to cover the Indianapolis 500 on broadcast television. Eleven years later, she was the first woman TV pit reporter to cover both the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500.
This year, despite prodding from Fox Sports executives who wish to see her cover leagues with a broader audience like the NFL, Little will once again make motorsports history by becoming the first women to call race play-by-play as Narcar’s ARCA Menards announcer for Fox Sports.
Jamie Little Doesn’t Have the Ambition to Always Be the First
When asked about her upcoming achievement by the Observe, Little replied that she never aims to become the first to do something. She believes she is put in these roles because they are the natural progression of her reporting career.
Her move to ARCA is just another addition to her large professional portfolio as she will be continuing her pit reporting duties at Fox for Xfinity, Truck Series, and Nascar’s Cup. In fact, she will be juggling all four series at this year’s Daytona 500.
Little Partnered up With Parsons to Offer Comprehensive Play-by-Play Commentary
ARCA may seem like a downward move for Jamie Little because of the series’ lower audience viewership in comparison with other events that she covers. The reporter, however, ask Jacob Ullman, Fox Sports production senior vice president, for the job because she saw it as an opportunity to learn how to call live races
Jamie Little will be joined in the commentating booth by Phil Parsons, a longtime Fox NASCAR and ARCA analyst. The duo’s first rehearsals started in December over Zoom before moving to Charlotte for additional rehearsals at the Fox NASCAR studio.
Fox Sports executives are confident in the duo’s success because they believe Little to be one of their top broadcasters.
Hailie Deegan competes as a full-time driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and her vehicle is no other than the No. 17 Ford F-150. She usually races for DGR-Crosley, but this Thanksgiving, she decided to help spread the spirit of the holiday by delivering donated turkeys with a Ford F-150. Deegan delivered over 1.5 tons of turkeys, which is also the max payload rating of the truck’s capability.
The Honor to Drive Around With the Turkeys Went to a NASCAR Driver
Having a prominent NASCAR driver like Deegan deliver the donated turkeys has helped the popularity of the donation effort. The turkeys that were loaded on the truck weighed 3,325 pounds and were distributed to Detroit-area food banks. Deegan had to make two stops, one at the Ford Resource and Engagement Center and the other at Gleaners Community Food Bank. The organizations distributed the turkeys to more than 250 food-insecure families from all around the city.
Hailie Deegan Is a Promising NASCAR Driver With a Big Heart
Since the start of her NASCAR career in 2018, Deegan managed to become the first female driver to finish first in races in the West Series, winning in both the 2018 and 2019 seasons. At the end of 2019, she switched to Ford’s development driver program and signed a full-time contract with DGR-Crosley for the ARCA Menards Series. In 2020, Deegan proceeded to get third place for her team in the series, driving a Ford Fusion stock car.
This October, DGR-Crosley gave Deegan the opportunity for her truck debut in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Although she finished 16th, her result was the best for a debuting female driver in a series. Now, just 19-years-old, she is set to drive a DGR-Crosley Racing Ford F-150 and compete full-time in the 2021 Camping World Truck Series.
Although Deegan is known as an aggressive driver and for her dangerous on-track moves, partnering with Ford to deliver the Thanksgiving turkeys shows that she also has a big heart.