CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Standing at the top end of an NHRA drag race, FOX NHRA reporter Amanda Busick regularly interviews competitors climbing out of hot rods that generate more than 11,000 horsepower, launch at nearly eight times the force of gravity, reach speeds of more than 300 mph in about four seconds, and struggle mightily not to explode, break apart or catch fire.
- Next NHRA on FOX Event: Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals, Brainerd, Minn. (Sunday, Aug. 18, 2:00 PM, Live on FS1)
- Next Formula E on FOX Event: 2019-20 season opening Ad Diriyah E-Prix doubleheader from Saudi Arabia (Nov. 22-23; details TBD)
Last month, the North Carolina native spent time in Brooklyn, reporting from the paddock of socially responsible, fully electric (and much quieter) FIA Formula E Championship NYC ePrix events – twin 45-minute races, where battery-powered cars reached speeds of about 65 mph in less than three seconds, and are capable of peaking at just under 175 mph.
Somewhere in the middle of these two diametrically opposed racing worlds, Busick balances the extremes, finding both differences and similarities.
“The information varies between each series, however, my preparation in covering each is similar: Who are the participants? Teams? Key storylines? Points?” Busick said. “And, with both, I have learned to always leave a little space for the unexpected. Properly adapting to potential, often likely, chaos in the world of racing may be the most important part of both jobs.
“While the worlds of NHRA and Formula E seem like polar opposites from a sensory standpoint, motor sports enthusiasts can find similarities … the awe surrounding the ingenuity, the constant on-track unpredictability and even the impressive speeds,” Busick added. “Though not 300+ mph, 170 mph – running on a next-gen battery – is quite fast.”
Driver personalities, according to Busick, transcend the series in which they compete.
“You will find a slew of characters in each series, and while NHRA Funny Car legend John Force is undoubtedly one-in-a-million, the desire to win is present in each competitor’s eyes,” Busick said. “You have the bad boys, the nice guys, the ones that take losing extremely hard … you have the quiet ones that process results in their own time, the ‘aw-shucks maybe next time’ racers and the hot-tempered personalities that always draw the cameras.
“There is one constant, however,” Busick added. “Witnessing the pure ecstasy of winning never gets old.”
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