A family outing to the 2010 Indianapolis 500 was all it took for Isabelle Beecy to change her way of thinking and most importantly, change her future.
Since that trip to IndyCar's historic race, Beecy found herself on a path filled with motors and gas fumes. Just a little over a year after attending her first race, she too, found herself behind the wheel of a kart.
"I started racing karts at F1 Boston," Beecy said, and I stayed in their junior leagues until my 18th birthday last summer."
Today, Beecy is still trying to find her niche in the racing world.
"I can’t engineer or build anything to save my life so I can’t really be on a crew and I’m not into PR," she said, but she did find something that she excels at, writing.
Beecy has taken her new found writing talent and began writing for The Podium Finish, a race blog ran by Rob Tiongson. Thanks to The Podium Finish, she is getting much needed experience writing race recaps, breaking news, and has even had the opportunity to interview drivers.
Tiongson has, no doubt, been one of her biggest support systems and mentors through her time as a developing motorsports writer.
"He’s helped me figure out interview questions, edited my articles, and was even one of the first people to plant the idea of making a living out of writing about racing in my head," she said. "He’s quickly become a mentor and almost like a big brother for me"
There are many other key people in her life as well, including her parents and her boyfriend who have always been there with encouragement and support through her racing career and eventually, her pursuits into the world of journalism.
The individuals at F1 Boston have also been mentors for Beecy since her karting days at the track.
"They kept my head in the right place and helped me grow as a person and a driver," she said.
Beecy has had a few big moments in her young career, one of which was a conference call interview with NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Austin Dillon just a few weeks ago. One question that she asked was one that we all have been wondering. Why does he always wear a cowboy hat?
Dillon's answer? “I wear the cowboy hat ‘cause chicks dig it'.”
That question and his response have been heard around the motorsports world.
"It became a huge hit, and everyone’s been talking about it ever since," she exclaimed! "It’s felt absolutely amazing to have that happen, especially so soon in my career."
That conference call with Austin Dillon was just the start of Beecy's career. Her dream is to become a well known writer in the racing community.
"I know I have to take baby steps and work my way up if that’s ever going to be a reality," she said, "but that’s what I’m aiming for."
Check out Isabelle Beecy's work on The Podium Finish and see what she comes up with next!
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