I visited the Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this week for a little ESPN/NASCAR stunt: placing sideline reporter Erin Andrews into a vehicle for a drive around the track with Dale Jarrett. The Speedway is hosting the Emory Healthcare 500 this weekend.
She had a blast as Jarrett drove the vehicle up to 175 miles per hour. She said she quickly felt comfortable except when he hugged the curves. Jarrett offered for her to go behind the wheel after the ride, but she declined.
Andrews, an Atlanta resident, became a brief headline fixture and “Oprah” visitor after a man (now imprisoned) posted nude peephole videos of her without her knowledge. She recently came in third on “Dancing With the Stars.” She also signed a new contract with ESPN to expand her duties beyond college football sideline work. She will now host a GameDay show for ESPNU and do more feature stories.
She is also doing occasional stories for “Good Morning America,” a dip into the non-sports world.
Erin is still upset that Nicole Scherzinger even competed in “Dancing With the Stars,” given her previous dance credentials compared to the other contestants.
Entertainment Tonight tagged along, as did a small gaggle of media:
Here’s my video interview with her. I don’t think I got anything remotely newsworthy out of her but here you go: