Reporter and broadcaster Wendy Venturini is no stranger to setting records. In 2007 she became the first woman to call an entire race from the broadcast booth. On September 21, at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Venturini will make history once again when she becomes the first female to co-anchor a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series broadcast. The announcement was made yesterday as part of the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway.
It won’t be the only ground Venturini breaks this season. Performance Racing Network (PRN) also announced the launch of “Racing Home,” a new web series that will debut January 30th on GoPRN.com and iTunes. The series focuses on drivers' families and friends, featuring behind-the- scenes interviews with those who know NASCAR’s stars the best.
Following her father's racing career from a very young age, Venturini grew up in the racing business and is a familiar face in the NASCAR garage. She has provided coverage for names such as DirecTV, SPEED, Performance Racing Network, and the new FoxSports 1.
"Wendy has a unique perspective on NASCAR and the racing community and "Racing Home" will give her a chance to share that perspective with the PRN audience," says Doug Rice, president of PRN.
"Growing up in the garage, I understand what it takes to live on the road traveling, track to track my entire life," says Venturini. "Now as a working mom traveling the circuit with my family, I'm able to relate to so many roles in our industry. It takes a village to run these events in each city. It's my passion to tell these stories and PRN recognizes the value in it," she adds.
Beyond the new web series and historic broadcast at New Hampshire, Venturini will also co-anchor the NASCAR Nationwide Series broadcasts for PRN from Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway.