Dayton Beach, Florida (QUEEN CITY NEWS) – There is a team of about 300 media members who bring the action from Daytona International Speedway to millions of people around the world. All of these people work in the same building in Dayton, which is called the “media center”.
Looking at the media center, you will see the same demographics of women and men covering the sport, but the diversity was not always obvious.
You’ll find hundreds of reporters, producers, writers and cameramen in the media center who tell stories from start to finish to people at home.
SIRIUS XM NASCAR Radio Reporter Claire B. Lang has been in the NASCAR battle for decades, but it has been a difficult battle to air.
“On sports radio, they didn’t even want women to call and express your opinion,” Lang said.
Lang changed the game a decade ago when she moved to Charlotte from the Midwest to participate in a sports radio show. She fell in love with NASCAR speed and just as quickly started covering the sport full time.
She was once one of the few women in motorsport. Although this statistic has changed, she says perception requires some catching up.
“I hope we are [women] all the people, and we are judged for who we are, not in the group, here are all the girls, ”Lang said.
The Media Center is already a group of solid, hard-working reporters. This includes young Kelly Crandall, who is a writer for RACER.Com
“There are so many amazing women and talented people who have been to me, be it Deb Williams or Jenna Fryer of the AP, who are still here. There are PR representatives who are women. There are mechanics and engineers who are women. So there are a lot of women here, so I don’t think about it, ”Crandall said.
Crandall thinks about how Daytona International Speedway helped shape her career.
“So I remember standing on top of that garage over my shoulder, looking down and thinking I wanted to be there. I want to talk to these people. I want to take a walk there and have fans watching me, ”Crandall said.
Her dream is shared by many fans. Senior reporters in the industry say this is achievable with hard work.
“I was brought up to believe that you can do whatever you want, but be the best at it and work in your business. Just because you got a microphone doesn’t mean you’re a broadcaster. We need to work on this every day, ”Lang said.
Both Lang and Crandall work independently from each other on the racetrack, and usually ride in most, if not all, of the 36 NASCAR races.