My Interview with CarDomain
How long have you had the Trans Am?
Since February 2002
Is it your car or your dad's?
It is my car. When I was five my dad sent me a postcard with a red trans am on it and he wrote that some day when he had enough money he would buy one for me. Then on my 18th birthday my dream car was sitting in the driveway. One word to sum it up: AMAZING
Who does most of the work on the car?
My dad would do all of the work on the car if he had the time, but he has two amazing techs that work for Mike Raisor Pontiac in Lafayette, IN that do all of the work on my ride. Dustin Wheelock and Terry Kinslow are amazing.
What other mods do you have planned for it?
Either a 383 Stroker or a 408/with a Supercharger.
Got any suggestions?
Stephanie at CarDomain has a 2002 Trans Am vert and her husband has a 73 Formula 455 Both are red, too. She loves your car and wants to know if the guys give you a hard time for driving a muscle car.
Stephanie, to answer your question, YES most of the guys I talk to say, �nice ride�is it your dad�s? No girl should have a car like that. You can�t handle the power.� Always ready to show them what I am capable of I ask them if they feel like getting smoked by a girl. To make a long story short they have nothing but respect for this woman. haha
What do you think of the new Camaro? And do you think GM will build a new Firebird?
I think the new Camaro is going to be badass! I can only hope that GM will build a new Firebird. I will be the first one to purchase it and you can write that down!
So... Bullrun... what was the hardest thing about being on the show?
The hardest thing about being on the show was the long hours of filming. It took so much energy to focus on the road and when it is 3am, but I would do it again in a heart beat.
Who were your favorite people on the show?
I didn�t have any favorites on the show. I enjoyed everyone. The entire cast and crew were awesome!
Did you have problems with anyone?
I loved everyone on the show. It was hard not to like them because we all shared the same interest and passion for our cars. We all had the saying that our worst enemy in the rally was going to be our own cars not the drivers.
Did you have a lot of performance driving experience before doing Bullrun?
No I haven�t had any professional training. Growing up in Indiana I was not exposed to driving at high speeds through mountains. So when we were hauling through the mountain that was a major learning experience for me. Ultimately, I would love to open my car up on a track and just let loose.
If you had to trade your car for another car on the show, which one would it be?
I would have to say I would trade for the Charger. That car is absolutely beautiful and I am all about American muscle!
In general, what are some of your favorite cars?
Some of my favorite cars include: Chevrolet Corvette Z06, Ferrari Enzo,
�71 Cuda(would love to find a numbers matching for my dad), Mercedes Benz SLR McLaren, and any f-body (of course)
What was the biggest surprise over the course of the rally
The biggest surprise over the course of the rally was all the damage that happened to the vehicles. It hurt to watch the car that I love so much take a beating like it did.
How did you and your dad get along during the trip?
We had our moments when we would be too stubborn to listen to one another, but for the part we got along on the trip. It was an intense atmosphere in the car and the terrain only made it more difficult.
He looked pretty calm when you were chasing the Mustang on 101 in episode 3. Was that just for the cameras?
My dad was really calm when we were going through the mountains. He loved being able to coach me through the turns.
How conscious were you of the cameras in the car?
At first the cameras freaked me out, but after the first day of filming I forgot that they were even there.
Has being on the show changed your ideas about "reality TV?"
There is so much that goes into filming and I have to give props to those behind the scenes. They put in so much time and effort. I had no idea what all it took to make a reality show.
What is it like seeing yourself on TV?
It was weird at first watching yourself on television knowing that people all over America were watching it too. It is cool though watching it and remembering all the good times we had!
Has being on the show improved your social life? Has anyone recognized you?
I am not sure if anyone has recognized me and if they have I didn�t notice. No big deal anyways�I am the same person that I was before. Now I just have a road trip forever documented with my father! Pretty cool!
Well I moved out to California to pursue my dream as a professional makeup artist. I am also up for any career involving racing!