A NASCAR fan because the Nineteen Eighties, her Enthusiasm for the Iconic World Heart of Racing is Infectious; Excursions of the World Heart of Racing, Motorsports Corridor of Fame of America Held Every day
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 29, 2021) – Daytona Worldwide Speedway is named The World Heart of Racing, and true to its identify, the enduring venue attracts followers from everywhere in the globe. Afterall, it performs host to the DAYTONA 500, the Nice American Race, the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (developing Aug. 28), The Rolex 24, North America’s most prestigious sports activities automobile race, and a number of different worldwide occasions. It is just pure that followers need to go to the hallowed grounds of the observe’s trioval and street course.
Fortunately for these followers, they’ll purchase a ticket for a guided Tram Monitor Tour that can showcase the wealthy, Daytona racing legacy. The excursions are already one in every of a sort, due to the ability they happen in, however that’s not all. Enter 65-year-old Mamie Pollock. The Daytona Monitor Excursions make use of a few of the greatest, most educated tour guides in all leisure, and identical to the remainder of them, Mamie’s high-spirited character makes her a favourite of all these she meets.
A Speedway staffer since July of 2018, Mamie is from Lewistown, PA, and after retiring from the United Parcel Service in 2014, she and her husband determined they would like some hotter climate. First, they moved to Huntersville, NC however determined after just a few years that it was nonetheless too chilly. Lastly, they settled on coming to Florida which led to Mamie getting a job as a tour information on the speedway.
“My husband (Gary) had been in poor health since 2014 and we moved down right here in July of 2018, and he began to get higher,” mentioned Mamie. “So, as he bought higher, I lastly felt snug sufficient and I mentioned ‘Gary, I really feel like a prisoner of this home, and I’ve to get a job.’ It simply so occurred that my neighbor who lived beside us, Phil Truett, was a tour information right here at DIS. Gary mentioned to me ‘you need to turn into a tour information at Daytona Worldwide Speedway.’ So, I went on-line and utilized. Phil advised his boss that ‘this lady is the true factor.’ So low and behold, I bought a name for an interview.”
Mamie’s hiring story doesn’t finish there. She made a profitable first step, however the subsequent impediment was her in-person interview. Not a bashful bone in her physique, the outgoing, fun-loving, well-spoken, avid talker who now is aware of the whole historical past of the Speedway bought a name again – she bought the job. Since then, Mamie, who all the time sports activities a straw hat, has turn into very fashionable with visitors.
“The perfect factor about being a tour information right here at Daytona Worldwide Speedway is getting to satisfy folks from everywhere in the world and letting them know simply how particular this place is,” mentioned Mamie. “I may be taking wherever from 25-30 or so visitors on a tour now that we’re again to normalcy. And, I really like assembly each one in every of them.
“You get to work together with the folks loads and that’s simply fantastic. I attempt to work together with each individual on the excursions…to make some sort of connection. I simply adore it. I like telling folks the story of this place, the brainchild of NASCAR founder Invoice France, Sr.”
Mamie has been a lover of motorsports for a very long time. Initially a fan of horse racing earlier than changing into a fan of vehicles and engines, Mamie likes to say, “it’s all the time been about horsepower.” The primary race she attended occurred to be at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, lengthy earlier than she had any connections to it, again within the late ‘80s. Mamie was amazed at her first NASCAR expertise saying “when that race began, I do know that I in all probability had everybody that was behind me mad as a result of I need to of stood up for the primary 75 laps or so, as a result of I used to be simply in awe. I nonetheless am.”
“Mamie is without doubt one of the most unusual personalities that I’ve ever encountered,” mentioned Dave Tlstovic, Senior Supervisor, Visitor and Excursions Transportation for the Speedway. “All the time with a smile, she is humorous and entertaining whereas sharing her huge data of the Daytona Speedway. Mamie is an extremely caring individual as she takes distinctive care of our visitors with further wants. Her endurance is exemplary as she guides visitor from around the globe and unveils the wealthy historical past of The World Heart of Racing.”
Mamie is simply one of many proficient Monitor Tour guides at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. There are lots of others with equally fascinating tales and data of the observe that opened in 1959, and the game of NASCAR. Thanks to those people, the Daytona Worldwide Speedway Monitor Excursions are a success with visitors and can proceed to be sooner or later.
It’s straightforward to take a Monitor Tour, and visitors have two choices to select from – the Speedway Tour and the VIP Tour. The Speedway Tour is an hour-long expertise that takes followers to a number of areas of curiosity on the observe and contained in the infield together with the beginning/end line, the 31-degree banking, Ruoff Mortgage Victory Lane, the Axalta Injector, and an unbelievable view of the two.5-mile trioval from tower seating. As well as, there’s a cease on the Motorsports Corridor of Fame of America, stuffed with historic artifacts from all sorts of racing, together with the precise automobile that Michael McDowell drove to victory within the 2021 DAYTONA 500 in February. Speedway Excursions run day by day and depart each half-hour starting at 9:30 a.m. with the final tour of the day working at 3:00 p.m. These excursions final about 60 minutes. Tickets for the Speedway Tour are $25 for adults, $20 for teenagers ages 5 to 12 and free for teenagers below 4.
The VIP Tour is 2.5 hours and has the identical choices because the Speedway Tour, however the VIP Tour additionally stops on the NASCAR Archives and Analysis Heart and the Press Field. Each excursions embrace a digital photograph package deal. It runs each Tuesday and Thursday at 1:00 p.m. VIP Tour Tickets are $47 per individual. Each sorts of tour tickets may be bought on-line at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com/excursions/ or by calling 1-800-PIT-SHOP (1-800-748-7467).
Thanks to those proficient tram drivers, the speedway excursions are a hit that leaves a constructive impression on the followers, even when it’s not race day.
Daytona Worldwide Speedway’s subsequent NASCAR weekend, that includes the regular-season finale Coke Zero Sugar 400, is ready for Aug. 27-28. The occasion will function the last-chance race to for a driver to make the 2021 NASCAR Cup Sequence Playoffs on Saturday, Aug. 28. The Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola for the NASCAR Xfinity Sequence is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 27. For ticket data, go to www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.
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