Lewis Hamilton took an important victory ahead of Sebastian Vettel in Sunday’s Belgian Grand Prix, as the headline story among several others as Formula 1 restarted the 2017 season in Spa after the summer break.
A surprise podium from Daniel Ricciardo, the tense rivalry between Force India teammates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, solid points finishes for Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg and more power unit issues for Fernando Alonso were also among the talking points.
All of that and more is included in the latest post-race episode of the NBC Sports Group original digital series Paddock Pass, hosted by F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton.
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.”