Blog Girl

Posted on: April 15, 2011 | Comments(25) | Random | By: Beccy

Hi All.  Some of you may know me from twitter (@BeccyGordon), others from the track and now you will know me as the girl who blogs on IndyCar.com

Here’s my story, so you know where I’m coming from for future blogs…

I’m a girl who literally grew up racing.  My great-grandfather raced IndyCars back in the early 1900s, his name was Huntly Gordon. He raced in several Vanderbilt Cup races and practiced for the Indianapolis 500.  Back in the day, each car entered in the race would have a few drivers practice the car. The official driver was established on race morning.  I assume that’s why, they always say the car is entered in the race, not the driver (ie- the Junquiera & Tagliani situation last May).  It would have been awesome if he could have raced in the Indy 500.  I’m obsessed with the history of IMS and that would have made the story too perfect.

Huntly Gordon

Huntly Gordon

My dad races off-road cars. My mom pre-ran the Baja 500 when she was seven months pregnant with me.   I’ve asked her why, and she looks at me like… “Why? Why not?”  Maybe that’s where I get my spunk.  My parents were young and that’s what they did, they loved the desert.  My mom wasn’t letting a pregnancy keep her down.  Here’s the picture, my parents in my dad’s 1970s buggy, shocks with 2 inches of travel going across the Baja Peninsula, my brother, Robby, ratchet strapped to the gas tank, my sister on my mom’s lap and me in her belly.  It’s a hilarious sight if you can picture it and probably defines our family well.

Beccy Gordon Toyota Motorsports

Beccy Gordon sporting the driving gear

Once I was born, racing became my life.  Nearly every weekend of my childhood was spent at a race track watching my dad and brother.  We spent so much time in the dirt that I would wear a bathing suit everywhere so all my mom had to do was hose me off at the end of the day.  I was just a kid, wearing a bathing suit, making “dirt angles,” and riding my quad.  I thought this was what every little girl across America was doing on an average weekend … well maybe not. Robby was pretty good at racing. He raced motorcycles, off-road cars; a Roush GTO Mustang in IMSA, Indycars, NASCAR, back to Indy, now Dakar, NASCAR and more off-road.  While he was building his career, I was getting pretty good at Softball.  I ultimately ended up as the youngest player on the US National team that inducted softball into the Olympics in 1992. Despite loving the sport I was playing, nothing was as great as being at a racetrack.

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Beccy Gordon

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Beccy Gordon

Fast forward, 10 years and you’ll find me on pit lane at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix talking about racing as a pit-reporter for ChampCar.  Luckily for me, my first day on the job I met my best friend, future husband and IndyCar’s resident hottie; Mr. Ryan Hunter-Reay.  He was the first person I have ever met that loves all the same things as I do.  We both love racing (obviously, I’ve said it 15 times so far), the ocean, golden-retrievers, surfing, snowboarding, golfing, fishing, classic rock and the list goes on and on.  I’m a lucky girl!

RHR shoe

Nice shoe

So, here I am now, still at the racetrack and my plan is to dial in race fans on paddock life.  If you’ve met me, you’ve probably met my camera.  My blog will be a little bit of everything, photo essays, videos, and straight up blogging.  Hope you follow me!

Comments

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  1. bblocker68 on April 16, 2011 1:03 am
    bblocker68

    Great intro. I was a big fan of your brothers since he drove for AJ Foyt. Good luck to RHR tomorrow!!

  2. Schuk on April 16, 2011 8:48 am
    Schuk

    I have been a fan of Robby since the very last event at Riverside Raceway! I will watch for your blog.

  3. RT on April 16, 2011 11:53 am
    RT

    What a great intro and story of you and your family.

    I’m a big fan of RHR and I look forward to reading your blogs.

    I wish you both continued success!!

  4. Carrie on April 16, 2011 11:54 am
    Carrie

    There’s those shoes! Looking forward to your work here, Beccy!

  5. Chris Sheridan on April 16, 2011 3:20 pm
    Chris Sheridan

    Beccy, I saw you in pit lane @ Mid Ohio last year and you are even more stunning in person! Have a beautiful race day tomorrow – I’ll be there cheering for RHR…

  6. Tommy LaMance on April 16, 2011 3:30 pm
    Tommy LaMance

    I always wish your family well. Miss seeing you guys around the track. Give my best to Robby.

  7. Tom Kepic on April 16, 2011 5:32 pm
    Tom Kepic

    Great article. Loved every word.

  8. Duke on April 17, 2011 11:31 am
    Duke

    Your insight will be great. I saw you and your camera on the hill turn 2 at Barbers taking pics of the dancing guy. lol

  9. Robert on April 17, 2011 9:52 pm
    Robert

    Great blog. Happy for your up coming wedding. May you have a great life together. I remember being passed by Robby several years ago. HDRA Race. He was on two wheels as he passed me.

  10. DOUG STOKES on April 18, 2011 10:22 am
    DOUG STOKES

    Hi Beccy:

    Great to see you and Ryan on that very touching TV spot about his Mom …

    We should have started a softball team at Irwindale when you were the PR office aide! Come on back when you get a chance! (We call it Toyota Speedway now).

    Cheers!
    -Stokes

  11. Marlene Gordon-Rodriguez on April 18, 2011 12:43 pm
    Marlene Gordon-Rodriguez

    Hey, Bec
    Good way for me to know what’s going on at the track.
    Love, Mom

  12. Michelle George on April 18, 2011 8:42 pm
    Michelle George

    Hi Beccy! I definitely will be reading your blog. Love it and love you! See you in May:)

  13. Frank Clark on April 18, 2011 9:48 pm
    Frank Clark

    Great job on this Becs! Hey when is the wedding?

  14. Meg on April 19, 2011 12:05 am
    Meg

    Bec, you forgot to add that as a little girl you ran through the stands at Mickey Thompson…with a giant sign that read “I FEEL A NEED FOR SPEED”! Classic! Well done.
    Looking forward to following you. xoxo

  15. Chris Hooker on April 19, 2011 12:07 am
    Chris Hooker

    OMG, Bec! Your blog is the BEST! I have joined the blogesphere via a friend who turned me on to it and it is so addicting. Thank you for adding to it!!! HA! Can’t wait for the next one. Congrats to Ry and 5th in LB. We were watching! Hope your party was so much fun! Can’t wait to see you…soon! Are you going to get an RSS Feed? Keep up the great work. I loved the history with the now info! Lots of hugs, Chris n’J

  16. Robyn on April 19, 2011 12:27 am
    Robyn

    Ummm…did you forget about your own racing? Being the only all girl team to finish the Baja 1000 is no small feat!

  17. Alicia Gordon on April 19, 2011 12:29 am
    Alicia Gordon

    Great job Bec!!! Love it! and love the pic of Huntly’s car!!!

  18. LynnIe on April 19, 2011 12:45 am
    LynnIe

    Great intro, look forward to following your blog Bex!

  19. Debbie Helms on April 19, 2011 7:47 pm
    Debbie Helms

    I agree with your mom…I guess if I want to see what you are up to I will look here.

  20. Sarah on April 20, 2011 5:44 pm
    Sarah

    Hey Becs! Found this through facebook. YAy!

    This is awesome and I LOVE your story about your mom racing when you were in her belly. Priceless (and so cool!)

  21. Steve Afendoulis on April 20, 2011 5:48 pm
    Steve Afendoulis

    Excellent. Bess and I will look forward to some great stories!

  22. Karen on April 30, 2011 7:29 am
    Karen

    Here we go again, FAME hungry Beccy Gordon. Please can you get somebody more interesting like Emma Dixon, Heather Carpenter….etc. Beccys pieces to Camera are always so boring and she comes across like an air head. Not good for the series.

  23. Jessica on May 5, 2011 1:39 pm
    Jessica

    Great blog Beccy, can’t wait to read more:)

    To Karen; if this blog doesn’t interest you, I suggest not reading it. Posting anonymous slander is unbecoming…

  24. Chris Hooker on May 22, 2011 6:45 pm
    Chris Hooker

    Becs! Where are you?? No blogging on the 500??? I wanna know what happening with Ry…and U!
    Hugs, Chris

  25. Chris Hooker on May 23, 2011 9:57 pm
    Chris Hooker

    I hear that congrats to Ry are in order!!! If that is true, we are HAPPY! love, chris n’ jay!

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