Gatornationals is popular with local fans, but what you may not know is many of these drivers learned their trade right here in Gainesville – and so can you. Tori visits Frank Hawley’s Drag Racing School for WUFT and finds out what it’s really like to be a drag racer.
Speedweeks. It’s a term usually used to describe the events staged at Daytona International Speedway to rev up for the Daytona 500. For two years now, I have covered these few weeks of racing in February for ESPN Radio Ocala/Gainesville.
This year, however, my Speedweeks got a little extra speed.
Between trips to Daytona, I spent the last weekend in February pit reporting for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car season opener at Ocala’s Bubba Raceway Park.
Thanks to her friends at ESPN and SPEED Channel broadcaster Matt Clark, Tori had the chance to experience the Daytona 500 pre-race buzz with an inside look. She sat in on set for SPEED’s Raceday show and saw Matt & his fellow broadcasters Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace, John Roberts, & Larry McReynolds in action.
Cheap Seats is a ESPN Radio Gainesville/Ocala student-hosted radio talk show. On Thursday, February 21, 2013, the Cheap Seats crew called Tori Petry to hear her take on the NASCAR Budweiser Duels in Daytona.
Danica Patrick went into the history books on Sunday afternoon when she won the pole position for the Daytona 500. Her 196.434 mph lap made her the first woman ever to win a pole for a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event. With her record-setting performance has come hoards of media attention and talk of what her spot on the front row means for the sport. But beyond the speculation – what exactly does it mean?
Tori anchors the sports segment for WUFT’s First at Five February 19, 2013.
Tori anchors the sportscast on WUFT’s First at Five news for February 12, 2013. Live shot by Stephanie Jones.
Tori Petry reports live on WUFT-TV News from the Steven C. O’Connell Center prior to the start of the UF vs. Alabama gymnastics meet, February 8, 2013.
Tori reports LIVE from the O’Connell Center prior to the Gator Gymnastics “Link to Pink” Meet.
Tori was a part of WUFT’s 2012 Election Night coverage. She went on site to Congressional candidate Ted Yoho’s support gathering and delivered updates from the field back to the WUFT-TV newsroom.
Election Night in the WUFT Newsroom via wuft.org.
The WUFT newsroom had its first real test since opening at the beginning of the fall semester at the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida covering the 2012 election with live updates throughout election night.