- Lessons with Leonard Wood – Joe Weatherly
- Family Member Spotlight – Jordan Hicks
- Remembering 9/11
- Convertible Racing at Soldier Field
- Welcome to The Wonderful World of The Woods
Joe Weatherly won two championships and 25 races in NASCAR’s premier series and will be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on January 30, 2015. Like many others that have been inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Joe Weatherly plays a part in the history of the Wood Brothers. In 1960, competing against 8 current NASCAR Hall of Famers, Joe Weatherly took the #16 1958 Wood Brothers Ford to victory lane at the Charlotte Fairgrounds.
I stopped in with Leonard Wood to get a glimpse of what that race was like in 1960.
Each week we are going to have a “Family Member Spotlight”, that will range from a bio of a family member to whatever crazy activity someone has going on that week. This week I am going to zoom in on myself to give you a little bit of background about the person behind the posts. Bare with me, I feel like I am taking it back to high school days when you had to write introduction papers about yourself.
Who Am I – Third generation of the Wood family, Eddie Wood’s daughter and Glen Wood’s granddaughter.
Family – My husband, Michael Hicks, and I will be celebrating our 2 year anniversary in December. We recently added a little bundle of joy to our family, Giselle Laken. Giselle is 3 months old and keeping mom and dad super busy (refusing to nap as I type this with a baby in one hand, typing with the other and wishing I had another hand to drink my coffee). My husband is the rear tire changer on the 11 cup team and have no fear, I am currently working on stealing all his secrets. We have two pups, one extra large dog named Chubs, who weighs 105 pounds and one extra small dog named Izzy, who weighs a whole 4 pounds.
Education – Received my undergraduate degree in marketing at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2008 and received my Masters in Business Administration from UNCC in 2012.
Job Experience – After graduating from UNCC in 2008, I decided to work outside the family business. I worked at Motor Racing Network for about year and then decided to go back to get my MBA and work for the race team. Since then I have been at Wood Brothers, where I have a variety of responsibilities including, managing the Facebook page and website, working with my brother, Jon, on marketing and PR for the Wood Brothers and whatever else the family decides to throw my way.
Favorite Race Memory – I have two favorite memories and both were at the Daytona 500. Obviously, my all time, forever and ever, favorite memory is winning the 2011 Daytona 500 with Trevor Bayne. That was actually the first time I had ever been to Victory Lane with the Wood Brothers. The other memory is when my grandpa and Leonard were the honorary starters at the 2010 Daytona 500. I was in charge of capturing the “behind the scenes” pictures and videos and was able to stand on the flag stand with them when they waved the green flag for the Daytona 500.
Favorite Hobby – My daughter pretty much takes up all my spare time these days but I enjoy weekly date nights with the hubs and just spending the weekends with my family. I enjoy traveling and I have taught Giselle at an early age that being a part of our family means being on the go. She made her first Daytona trip at 2 weeks old, beating my first trip by 4 weeks. Of course, I also spend a lot of time dressing little miss up in cute outfits and taking daily pictures of her, if you follow me on social media then you know I am telling the truth. I believe God knew that I would buy way to many outfits for her because he gave me a child that goes through about 3 outfits each day
That about wraps up my life!
When I woke up this morning, I contemplated what to post today. I knew I wanted to post about 9/11 but what? I started off thinking about posting where each Wood member was when we heard the horrifying news that came from NYC but then I quickly changed my mind. This day is not about us, it is about remembering those who lost their lifes that day and their loved ones. The spouses who lost their life partners, the children who lost their parents, the grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who lost their grandchildren, nieces and nephews, the friends who lost friends that were like family and the list goes on. As a new mother, I think of those who lost their children. I can’t fathom the thought of losing my daughter to the act of terrorism.
So today, we pause and remember each and every person that is suffering a loss, your loved one is a true American hero.
In December of last year, my husband and I spent our one year anniversary at the 9/11 memorial in NYC. As we stood at the location of the former twin towers, our hearts were full of pain for the victims and their loved ones. It was both a breathtaking and gut-wrenching experience. Breathtaking because of the way our country has joined as one to remember all those suffering. Breathtaking because of this beautiful place that has been built to honor and remember the nearly 3,000 people killed in the attacks on 9/11. Gut- wrenching because of the thought of the horrifying terror attacks that happened that day.
If you have never visited the memorial, I highly recommend it, here is the link:
Who knew that NASCAR raced at Soldier Field in Chicago? Well, if you are a “youngster” like me, you may have been unaware that NASCAR held races at Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. With the race in Chicago this weekend, let’s take a trip down memory lane to look at what it used to be like racing in Chicago.
The track was built around the field and was considered to be a half-mile paved track. In 1956 and 1957, the Wood Brothers joined in on the fun and brought their 21 convertible. Glen Wood was the driver at the time, with his brothers serving as the crew/mechanics and building him a top-notch car. In 1956 the team finished 14th and then went on the win the race in 1957.
I caught up with Leonard Wood this week to talk to him about racing at Soldier Field. Watch the video to get some insight on what it was like racing at Chicago in the late 1950’s.
Welcome to the Wood Brothers Racing blog, brought to you by Jordan and Jon Wood, third generation of the Wood family. We are excited to start this blog and share current and past stories of what make the Wood Brothers who they are today! Each week we will be posting several stories that will range from stories from the 1950’s to stories about what it is like to be a “Wood” family member today. Trust me life gets interesting when you have Leonard Wood and Jon Wood as apart of your daily life. Stay tuned for our first post.
Be prepared to be AMAZED & AMUSED.