Hampton University's Sport Management and Journalism Students
Practice Skills for the 2011 NASCAR
Drive for Diversity Combine
A select group of Hampton University journalism majors will work alongside
24 aspiring NASCAR drivers representing 10 states, Mexico and Puerto Rico
who will showcase their skills at Langley Speedway, as part of the Eighth
Annual NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine, Oct. 18-20. The journalism students
will simulate a “media coverage experience” as part of media
training for all the drivers.
On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the male and female drivers, ages 16-24, will undergo physical
assessments in the HU Student Center’s fitness room from 1:30 p.m. until
5 p.m. During the session, broadcast and print majors from the Scripps Howard
School of Journalism and Communications will be on hand to conduct one-on-one
interviews of the drivers between evaluation activities.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, teams of select Scripps Howard journalism students under
the supervision of professors William “Chris” Leonard, Van Dora Williams
and Reggie Mitchell, will travel to Langley Raceway to put into practice their
journalistic skills as “track-side” reporters by conducting post-race
interviews of the drivers. The drivers will be competing to earn spots on the
Revolution Racing Squad, which will field teams in the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro
Series East and the Whelen All-American Series. After the combine event, a mock
news conference will be held at 3:30 p.m., where the student journalists will
ask rapid fire questions of the combine drivers. This is a component of
the drivers’ media
training that will be held in the Scripps Howard School’s TV studio.
In addition, Jerry Brown, executive producer/director with Voice of America (VOA),
will work with journalism majors Asia Poteat and Lauren Perkins to produce a
2-3 minute television and radio sport package on the events. The student-produced
package will air later in the month on VOA.
Grandstands at Langley will be open to the public from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET,
Oct. 19-20 during on-track testing. The drivers will be evaluated on their on-track
performance, marketing and media aptitude, physical fitness and personality.
Information about the NASCAR Drive for Diversity initiative can be found at www.nascardiversity.com/.