The latest edition of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass comes to you today from the first traditional European race of the Formula 1 season, the Spanish Grand Prix.
NBCSN pit reporter and insider Will Buxton checks in from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with a number of drivers, including last year’s Spanish Grand Prix winner Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman is back at the track for the first time as a defending race winner and to commemorate the one-year anniversary of that and his arrival at Red Bull Racing.
Additionally, Fernando Alonso talks about mixing IndyCar driving with F1, while Nico Hulkenberg aims to improve and Carlos Sainz Jr. discusses being in the middle of the pack ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix.
The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will add a new and interesting chapter to that program as the students selected happen to be twin sisters.
Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische, who are studying Automotive Technology at Lincoln Tech’s East Windsor, CT campus, will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda team during the Pocono weekend.
What’s even more interesting is that Jacqueline and Nathalie previously worked in a hair salon as after graduating from beauty school. They explained that one of their Lincoln Tech instructors, Kristopher Fluckiger, put the idea of pursuing a career in the racing field in their heads.
And the young women feel both humbled and surprised by the opportunity at hand.
“It’s still so surreal. When everyone told us that we got chosen – to be able to go, we feel honored that we get that opportunity,” Natalie revealed.
Jacqueline added, “Especially two of us from one campus, we kind of didn’t think we could (both get nominated).”
Kevin Clark, Director of Education at the East Windsor campus, spoke very highly of the Mische sisters and feels that they both earned the opportunity.
“(They) are truly deserving of this honor – being selected for the SPM Mentor program,” said Clark. “They are outstanding students with exceptional GPAs and near-perfect attendance. They are always upbeat, positive, and smiling while actively engaged in their education and helping others.”