Amber Balcaen is decided to race her approach to the end line as a celebrated feminine driver and is hoping the wives of NASCAR drivers will cheer her on.
The 27-year-old Canadian native is likely one of the stars of CMT’s “Racing Wives,” a actuality TV sequence that follows the lives of 4 girls who’re married to famend NASCAR champions. Balcaen, a feminine driver, is pals with Kyle Busch’s partner Samantha Busch, the co-owner of an expert race group. Balcaen joined the sequence in hopes of fulfilling her dream inside an American, male-dominated sport. Nonetheless, dwelling life within the quick lane means getting in comparison with one other brunette driver.
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Balcaen spoke to Fox Information about how Danica Patrick has impressed her over time, whether or not she’s fearful concerning the comparisons, why she’s desperate to impress the NASCAR wives and whether or not she’s ready to tackle the drama that comes with actuality TV.
Fox Information: As you put together to make your personal mark, what’s the largest life lesson you’ve discovered from Danica Patrick’s life and profession?
Amber Balcaen: One thing I actually respect about Danica is her tenacity. She is such a powerful girl, and I actually need to be extra like that. I am naturally kindhearted and candy, however it’s worthwhile to have that grit, and it’s worthwhile to have that critical enterprise facet. And Danica has all the time had that. And I feel that’s what helped her achieve success, not taking any BS from anybody and have folks… take her critically.
Fox Information: Are you fearful about the potential of being in comparison with her?
Balcaen: I’ve been in comparison with her rather a lot in my life, so it is not new to me. It is simply a part of it. There’s not loads of massive, feminine race automobile drivers, so it is pure for me to be in comparison with her. It is, I am impartial about it. I feel she’s achieved rather a lot in her life, and there is nothing improper with being in comparison with her. However on the similar time, I am additionally my very own girl and have my very own goals and aspirations and targets to give attention to as properly.
Fox Information: What was it about racing, which is taken into account to be an American male-dominated sport, that drew you in?
Balcaen: I grew up racing, so it is actually all I’ve recognized. I have been on the monitor since I have been in my mother’s stomach. My dad nonetheless races to this present day. My grandfather raced, so I used to be born into it, and my love for the game solely grew as I received older. For me being a feminine and a Canadian, it was adversity for certain, however I wasn’t going to let it cease me from going after my goals. That is actually what I need to do. Is be a full-time race automobile driver and this be my profession. So, I wasn’t gonna let these circumstances cease me from pursuing it.
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Fox Information: What are some misconceptions you’re feeling folks nonetheless have about you?
Balcaen: I feel folks nonetheless have some misconceptions that females aren’t pretty much as good as males when that isn’t true. We win nonetheless, we win championships, and an increasing number of females are stepping into the game, which is so nice to see. And I feel the respect comes with the monitor outcomes. So I simply should maintain successful races to achieve extra respect from everybody.
Fox Information: In your opinion, is NASCAR turning into extra welcoming of feminine drivers?
Balcaen: I feel so. Undoubtedly. There are an increasing number of females stepping into the game generally, and I feel that basically helps with every thing. One other wonderful thing about NASCAR, it is one of many few sports activities that women and men can compete on the similar stage, and I feel that is actually cool, and I am actually grateful for that.
Fox Information: What compelled you to hitch a present like “Racing Wives”?
Balcaen: I’ve been racing principally all my life, and some years in the past I moved to North Carolina to pursue my goals of turning into a NASCAR driver. I grew up racing grime, so this can be a entire new world, an entire new trade to me. Fortunately I used to be in a position to meet Samantha Busch and Samantha Busch is the one who launched me to CMT and to “Racing Wives” and helped me with this chance of being on the present.
Fox Information: How troublesome has it been to show to the opposite NASCAR wives that you just need to be taken extra critically as a driver?
Balcaen: They’ve actually welcomed me with open arms. I feel the wives do take me critically for essentially the most half. I feel Sam actually is aware of how laborious I’ve needed to work to get even right here at present, and she or he is aware of my dedication, and is aware of my ardour for racing, and is aware of that I am prepared to work laborious and do no matter it takes to make this dream come true.
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Fox Information: “Racing Wives” is a actuality sequence. However how a lot of it’s actual?
Balcaen: It’s very actual. The tears are actual. The laughs are actual. Sadly, I cry I feel just a little bit an excessive amount of within the present, however my journey is actual. I am a race automobile driver who’s making an attempt to make it on this sport that is very, very troublesome to make it in. It is all about getting the sponsors and monetary backing to get to the subsequent stage. And also you see us undergo these struggles within the present.
Fox Information: Relating to actuality TV exhibits, friendships are all the time examined, and drama tends to gas the episodes. Are you fearful that having cameras round may check your friendship with these girls in a destructive manner?
Balcaen: I’m not essentially fearful. The one relationship meaning essentially the most to me is the one with Samantha as a result of I need to race for her husband’s group, Kyle Busch Motorsports. We positively undergo our ups and downs, however total, I feel we come collectively and have the identical targets in thoughts, and we’ll be checked out in a constructive mild total.
“Racing Wives” airs Friday at 10 p.m. on CMT.