We recently interviewed Danielle McCormick, co-author of Essential Car Care for Women. Now, we sit down with her partner-in-crime Jamie Little, to get her take on cars, DIY and their successful book.
Jamie is an only child who was raised by a single mom. “Growing up,” she remembers, “I rode horses, and I loved motorcycles since I could walk. When I was 16 or so years old, I became friends with guys who rode motocross and I loved this entire athletic experience. By the time I was 18 or 19, I wanted to be where women were in the motorized motocross/supercross environment.”
Jamie earned a journalism degree at San Diego State University. She began work as a reporter in 2000 and caught the attention of ESPN just one year later, with professional accomplishments now including:
- Pit reporter for the NASCAR Sprint Cup
- Pit reporter for the NASCAR Nationwide Series
- Pit reporter for the IZOD IndyCar Series
- Reporter for Nascar Now, the news program on ESPN2
- Reporter for the Winter X Games
- Reporter for the Summer X Games
- Reporter for ESPN’s New Year’s Eve specials
- Reporter for the Great Outdoor Games
“I’ve had to pinch myself,” Jamie tells Advance Auto Parts. “I have a dream job, in the pits, covering the action as it unfolds. I cover NASCAR events 33 or 34 weekends a year and I don’t take it for granted.”
As pit crew reporter, she says she still learns something new every weekend, whether it’s new slang or new technology. “When I don’t understand something, I’ll talk to a crew chief and say something like ‘what does that do and where is it connected?’ The technology changes quickly as people continue to find ways to make cars safer, faster, lighter and longer lasting.”
In 2008, Jamie put her money where her mouth is, competing in the Toyota Long Beach Pro Celebrity Race, beating pro racer Mike Skinner to become only the second women in 32 years to capture the title in this race. (And, yes. She has attended racing school!)
“It was fantastic to win that race, a real validation,” Jamie says. “But I think I’ll stick to my day job.”
Approached by Danielle McCormick to write a book
About three years ago, Jamie was approached by Danielle McCormick to update her auto manual for women that had found great success in Ireland, and then in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. (Read our author interview.)
“Danielle wanted someone with a presence in motorsports to put another spin on her book,” Jamie explains. “So I added content and Americanized it. Basically, I put in my two cents. I also did photo shoots for the cover and, as the face and voice of the book, I set out to find a publisher.”
Jamie connected with Seal Press, a company that focuses on publishing groundbreaking books for women, and they were excited about publishing Essential Car Care for Women as it filled a gap in their line of books. The original release date was August 2012, but Jamie’s pregnancy caused them to reschedule the release for March 2013.
“We’ve gotten great response to this book,” Jamie says. “Men will tell me it’s great and ask me to autograph it for their wives–and then admit it’s really for them. What’s great about this book is that, even though it’s written for women, it’s ideal for men, homeschoolers, kids just starting to drive. It fits in your glovebox so it’s a quick guide when something goes wrong. It’s not technical. It’s straightforward, helpful and useful, and it empowers women to save money, to do it themselves so their cars can run longer.”
When asked if she plans to write another book, Jamie says she’d love to write another. “Essential Car Care for Women was a great project, and the book was endorsed by Danica Patrick. Who knows what opportunities will open up next?”
We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about our friend and all-around Renaissance woman Jamie Little. Be sure to watch for more author interviews at Advance Auto Parts coming soon.
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