August 15, 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Standing at the top end of an NHRA drag race, FOX NHRA reporter Amanda Busick regularly interviews competitors climbing out of hot rods that generate more than 11,000 horsepower, launch at nearly eight times the force of gravity, reach speeds of more than 300 mph in about four seconds, and struggle mightily not to explode, break apart or catch fire.
Last month, the North Carolina native spent time in Brooklyn, reporting from the paddock of socially responsible, fully electric (and much quieter) FIA Formula E Championship NYC ePrix events – twin 45-minute races, where battery-powered cars reached speeds of about 65 mph in less than three seconds, and are capable of peaking at just under 175 mph.
Somewhere in the middle of these two diametrically opposed racing worlds, Busick balances the extremes, finding both differences and similarities.
“The information varies between each series, however, my preparation in covering each is similar: Who are the participants? Teams? Key storylines? Points?” Busick said. “And, with both, I have learned to always leave a little space for the unexpected. Properly adapting to potential, often likely, chaos in the world of racing may be the most important part of both jobs.
“While the worlds of NHRA and Formula E seem like polar opposites from a sensory standpoint, motor sports enthusiasts can find similarities … the awe surrounding the ingenuity, the constant on-track unpredictability and even the impressive speeds,” Busick added. “Though not 300+ mph, 170 mph – running on a next-gen battery – is quite fast.”
Driver personalities, according to Busick, transcend the series in which they compete.
“You will find a slew of characters in each series, and while NHRA Funny Car legend John Force is undoubtedly one-in-a-million, the desire to win is present in each competitor’s eyes,” Busick said. “You have the bad boys, the nice guys, the ones that take losing extremely hard … you have the quiet ones that process results in their own time, the ‘aw-shucks maybe next time’ racers and the hot-tempered personalities that always draw the cameras.
“There is one constant, however,” Busick added. “Witnessing the pure ecstasy of winning never gets old.”
August 13, 2019
PEBBLE BEACH, C.A. -If you're a collector car connoisseur, or a car fan in general, you're not going to want to miss the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Tune in to MotorTrend TV on Saturday, September 28, at 1:00 pm EST to see some of the most prized collectible cars in the world, plus insightful interviews and commentary from the experts.
Inside the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will bring you all the highlights from the 18th green, breaking down what is widely considered to be the most prestigious and competitive collector car event in the world. This one-hour special will be hosted by a group of top-notch automotive experts, including British race car driver and broadcaster Justin Bell; FOX NHRA and FIA Formula E Championship reporter Amanda Busick; MotorTrend Editor-in-Chief Ed Loh; and MotorTrend International Bureau Chief Angus MacKenzie.
July 2, 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -Ralph Sheheen hosts FOX Sports’ coverage, with the Formula E broadcast team of Vernon Kay, Bob Varsha, Jack Nicholls and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti calling the action. Amanda Busick reports from the paddock. Former Formula One mechanic Steve Matchett delivers FOX Sports pre-race features from Brooklyn, and Saunders Carmichael-Brown also contributes.
October 28, 2018
LAS VEGAS, N.V. -Fox Sports commentator Amanda Busick presented him the championship trophy that was nearly as tall as the 5-foot-8 firecracker from Kilgore, Texas. Referring to some of the physical setbacks in 35 years, she told him, “You are standing in front of a trophy that cancer can’t take from you, that a heart attack can’t take from you . . .” Emotional but trying to remain stoic, he quipped, “There you go with Barbara Walters.”
Choking back tears, Torrence said, “This is a lifelong goal. All the glory goes to God and my mom and dad because without them, none of this would have been possible – and these Capco boys, because they put their hearts into it – and it’s difficult to beat people with heart.”
July 21, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS, I.N. -I had a moment this morning on the way to the airport of sheer disbelief at what the last two and a half years of my life have looked like. On January 2nd, 2016 I landed in Los Angeles with three overweight suitcases and a heart full of hope for the second chance at a dream. The funny thing about dreams is we are all told to have one but rarely does someone tell you how to survive them. Just one year earlier from arriving in Los Angeles I was coming to the conclusion that maybe my dream in this lifetime just wasn’t going to happen for me.
January 29, 2018
Like watching a child open gifts on Christmas, there is a similar joy when watching one become a drag racing fan. Many of the stats and milestones you, as a learned steward of the sport, take for granted create wonder for the neophyte. We’re getting to watch Amanda Busick’s burgeoning love affair with our world and it’s been thoroughly entertaining thus far.
Since NHRA moved its television property to FOX Sports in 2016, Amanda has been a little bit of everywhere. As the multimedia reporter, she shows up on TV, online, on social media, and anywhere video streams.
September 25, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -It’s the rare on-air talent that also doubles as a de facto producer behind the scenes, but that’s life for NHRA pit reporter Amanda Busick. The North Carolina native is part of a small broadcast team that is employed by the drag racing series and whose coverage appears on Fox channels. Busick — whose former stops include CampusInsiders as a reporter and ESPN as a stage manager — opens up about juggling duties in front of, and behind, the camera.