When people hear "Miss Sprint Cup" they usually think of the girl in the Sprint fire suit who stands behind the driver in Victory Lane. What most people do not know, is that Miss Sprint Cup does far more than just stand in Victory Lane after the race. They get behind the scenes access of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to give fans a look at what goes on behind the scenes and represent the Sprint brand at the track every weekend. One of the girls who has done that is former Miss Sprint Cup, Monica Palumbo. She represented the Sprint brand for 4 years with other girls who also served as Miss Sprint Cup traveling the NASCAR circuit to give fans an inside look on the sport. Palumbo has an abundant amount of film and TV experience. She gained fame in 2001 when she won the title of Miss North Carolina USA 2001 and was awarded Miss Congeniality at the Miss USA Pageant! Back in January, I was able to meet Charlotte native, Monica Palumbo at the NASCAR Hall of Fame and ask her a couple questions while she had a short little break and she was kind enough to answer more questions via Internet.
Taylor: Back in your your Miss Sprint Cup career, what NASCAR Sprint Cup Series track did you enjoy traveling to the most?
Monica: Wow, they're all so different, jeez, I really don't know I have several. I like Sonoma just because it's different. You turn left and right. I really enjoy Talladega because you never know who is going to win, their is always the "Big One," the big wreck and the fans there are so hyped the whole time because there is so much action always happening.
Taylor: What motivates you most on a daily basis?
Monica: My family! My six month old son because I want to be a good example for him, that's my motivation.
Taylor: Who is one of your favorite drivers?
Monica: Well, I can't have a favorite because I work with them *laughs* so you know they might hear this but Aj Almendinger is probably one of my favorites, him and Clint Bowyer because they're just so personable and they like to hang out with the fans which I appreciate because the sport wouldn't be anywhere without the fans and there answers are always very off the cuff.
Taylor: Before NASCAR, what did your life consist of?
Monica: Before NASCAR I was living in Los Angeles struggling to make it as an actress/ tv host. Oh but what a fun life experience it was.
Taylor: When you have to travel to some of the races, what is a typical
race week/weekend like for you?
Monica: Nowadays it varies to compared to the Miss Sprint Cup job. I am normally hired to report at the track. So that means a full day of filming. Filming fun events happening at the track, interview race fans, covering practice, qualifying and of course the races!
Taylor: With the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series being at Charlotte Motor Speedway for 2 weeks, what's May like in Charlotte?
Monica: May is CRAZY during speed weeks! A good crazy. There is so much going on, not only for us who are working but for the race fans. Fan days at race shops, concerts downtown Charlotte and driver appearances at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Taylor: How has life changed for you since Miss Sprint Cup?
Monica: It has changed a lot. I went from traveling almost every weekend to becoming a radio host. So I had a normal job Monday through Friday. I still worked for SPEED (now FoxS1) after my days as Miss Sprint Cup. Life has changed even more after the birth of my son. I'm at home with him majority of the time nowadays and freelance when a race track needs me.
HUGE thanks to Monica for being so kind and also for her time answering these questions!
Thanks for reading!
Until Next Time, Taylor Smith