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Last weekend I posted about taking my 3yr daughter to INDY.My wife was so excited about the great time my daughter had meeting the drivers she sent some emails to the drivers. post below is one email she got back 2 days after sending the first email She also got an email back for Hilliary Will's PR guy 20min after sending her first email.My wife was just floored how great the drivers are to all there fans even the youngest of ones. Being around racing since I was born I always knew this to be true. But I wanted to post this for everyone to see.
From: Robyn Anderson
To: [email protected]
Sent: Wednesday, September 03, 2008 8:28 AM
Subject: Indy


This past weekend my 3-year-old Daughter Olivia, got to go to the race with her Daddy. Originally her Dad was suppose to go with a group of friends but they all canceled on him. We were planning to go as a family but her brother was sick so I had to stay home with him.

I didn't think taking Olivia to Indy was a good idea, because she is 3 and I was afraid she would get bored, tired, cranky and therefore ruin the race for her Daddy. When in fact, the exact opposite happened. She LOVED it! Her favorite part was meeting the racers and getting her picture taken with them. One of the first racers she told me about was her "new friend" Fast Jack. She told me how she went to his trailer and got to talk to him and get his autograph, and asked for a picture. He asked her if she was shy and she said no and he picked her right up and they smiled for the camera. As they were leaving she exclaimed to her Daddy, "I really like that guy! He's my new best friend!" On Sunday, as with every Sunday during racing season, Olivia's Daddy was watching racing. When it was announced that Fast Jack was coming up.....Olivia ran and got her autographed card, which she calls her sign, and held it up cheering for Jack! She usually only cheers for Ashley Force, that is her idol. But now she has a new best friend too!

I just wanted to say Thanks to Jack for making my daughters first race so positive and memorable!

Mrs. Robyn Anderson
Reading Specialist
Ira Jones Middle School




Robyn, I really do enjoy interacting with all of the fans, but I must admit that validating e-mails like yours just make that time all the more special. Please tell Olivia that her new best friend loved meeting her, and I hope to see her at the races again. Take care.
Jack Beckman
 

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thats what its all about right there! cant wait to get my son to the track. he is 2 and wants to go racin with daddy in a bad way!
 

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Tim wilkerson is another great guy, on fri @ etown quailfing, my 3 yr old son wanted to see the funnycar as i was telling him the mechanics working on the car dont want us next to them tim walks out his trailer door/rear, and says to us you wanna see them work on car, he opens the ropeoff and lets me and my son into the pits, got few pix, wife looked at us like how the hell did you get over there? really great guy, wished him luck and he did win at Etown but with scott passing was very sad. But what great guy he is along with most of the NHRA drivers
 

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Jack seems like a genuine guy in all of the interviews and that e-mail was very cool of him, he just made a fan for life with that one.
 

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thats what its all about right there! cant wait to get my son to the track. he is 2 and wants to go racin with daddy in a bad way!
jesse bring the family with u. my lil man has been going since he was 6 days old. i use it for a tool also. cody cant go and watch mommy and daddy race if he is bad. he loves racing!!!

most of the drivers are great with kids.
 

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Jack is the real deal. I attended the Frank Hawley Schoo last year in Pomona.
I was very impressed with Jack and his staff. It's nice to see his do well. He works very hard.


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Have a quick story from Norwalk this year when the NHRA was in town. My GF and I were there Sat to watch qualifying, had a rain shower come through so we started walking back to a freinds motorhome to wait out the weather. We had a long walk to the other side of the track, well as we're walking someone pulls up next to us on a golf cart and offers us a ride, look over and it's Jeg Coughlin. He takes us right to our friends motorhome chatting with us the whole way, this was my GF's first NHRA race so she was quite impressed, he is a class guy. My GF is a WJ fan but she pulls for Jeggie now also. When we walked into the motorhome and announced who gave us a ride all my buddies and family jumped up to look out the window as he pulled away - funny.
 

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The Jeg's guys are a class act. Mike Coughlin has taken us to our car in Gainsville when we were parked atleast a mile from the gate! We have shared a cold one with him and he put my child in his Super Comp car for a picture.
 

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A few years back my brother died after a 6 month battle with cancer 2 days before the Gainesville race. We went together every year for 10 years. I got an event shirt and had every driver I could get sign the shirt. He was buried in that shirt. I made a point to tell every driver about his death and what the shirt was for so it wouldn't be just another autograph. They even signed with more care than normal and with the best penmanship they could muster. Every driver was awesome and sincere except for 2. Scelzi and Schumacher. They couldn't give a shit. Scelzi's response was, "You didn't have to tell me that, I'd have signed it anyway". I saw Schumacher at his pits and all he said was I can't sign it now come to my merchandise trailer later. When I did, and I reminded him what the shirt was for, his response was "Ya, you told me" in a "I don't give a shit" tone. On the other hand, Del brought me into his pits and had me sit at his table for a little while. His condolences were sincere and heartfelt. As were those from every other driver. Darryl Russel came out of his trailer in the middle of eating to sign and say how sorry he was. 3 months later he was killed in that accident. John Smith signed and brought me into his pits for Rhonda to sign. John force waited 20 minutes for my son to run back to the RV to get the shirt. As he shook my hand and grabbed my shoulder and offered his condolences. The look on his face and the tone of his voice was of sincere compassion. It was the best, most legible John Force autograph I've ever seen and I've seen a ton of them. They were all just great except for the two I mentioned.
 
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