Rolex Series drivers dish on their strangest autograph request DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 17, 2003) -- At every Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event, race fans are given the opportunity to meet with their favorite sports car drivers...
Rolex Series drivers dish on their strangest autograph request
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 17, 2003) -- At every Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event, race fans are given the opportunity to meet with their favorite sports car drivers during autograph sessions held a few hours before the start of the race. During a recent session, Rolex Series drivers were asked, 'what is the strangest thing you've been asked to sign?'
The question caught some of the drivers a bit off guard as they stumbled for words, chuckled and a few even began to blush, but others didn't miss a beat in their response like Andy Lally who quipped, "weirdest or most fun?" when posed with the question.
The overwhelming response from the racers was body parts. "And I don't mean the kind on our race cars," piped Randy Pobst.
And what body part is their John Hancock most requested on? While some drivers decided not to go into specifics, many were willing to spill the beans on their oddest requests. It comes as no surprise that the good-looking drivers from the Rolex Series are often presented with women's chests to be signed.
"I guess I would have to say I've had several requests for autographs on breasts, but I'd also have to follow that up with saying I don't even think that's weird," replied Mike Borkowski, who was only one of the drivers who found the ladies' requests not that uncommon or strange.
Justin Bell had a bit of a different story about signing body parts. "A girl in Japan just lifted up her mini skirt and bent over, and I signed her bottom," told the Mosler driver.
While Forest Barber's strangest request had to do with a body part, it wasn't one that you might normally think of. "When I was in powerboat racing, I had a girl ask me to sign the back of her neck," he said.
Not all of the drivers' odd requests involved fans' body parts. Points leader JC France said his strangest request was to sign a golf ball. A race car driver signing a golf ball? "Yeah, I thought it was a pretty odd request. And it wasn't easy to sign either," said France.
Another item often presented for autographs are race car parts. While some fans scavenge the racetrack following events to find parts that have been left behind from on-track incidents, one driver suspected the part that he was signing had been swiped from his team's garage earlier in the weekend.
While all drivers receive unique autograph requests, the most popular items still remain event programs, t-shirts, hats, posters and tickets.
Race fans will get their next chance to receive autographs from the top Rolex Series drivers next week during the Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix at Waktins Glen International.
Drivers Mike Borkowski, Hurley Haywood and Darren Law will be on hand for autographs at the Prix-View Party in downtown Elmira on Wednesday, June 18. Fans can also come out and mingle with several racers as they compete in the Three Hours of Go-Karting at KG Slick Track in Horseheads the evening of Thursday, June 19. And no one will want to miss out on the giant autograph session featuring nearly all of the Rolex Series drivers in the garage area at The Glen on Saturday, June 21.
Tickets for the Sahlen's Sports Car Grand Prix featuring the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481 or online at www.theglen.com. The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. ET.
For more information on the Rolex Sports Car Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.