I Follow: Jamie Little

ESPN's Jamie Little (Andy Hall/ESPN)
ESPN’s Jamie Little (Andy Hall/ESPN)

Editor’s note: I Follow is all about ESPN employees on Twitter: what they tweet, whom they follow and how you can interact socially with anyone and everyone.

Today, we focus on Jamie Little, pit reporter for ESPN’s NASCAR and IndyCar coverage and a reporter for the Winter X Games. Little will be on the job as ESPN televises the opening race of the NASCAR Nationwide Series season from Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 23, at noon ET.

Twitter handle: @JamieLittleESPN
ESPN Job: Reporter
Followers: 51,028 (as of 2/19/13)
Following: 144

When did you join Twitter and why?
I joined in Jan. 2010. I was actually kind of [against it]. I just thought it seemed too personal and just another avenue for people to over-share. But when I started hearing people refer to things drivers said via Twitter and respectable journalists on the NASCAR beat were breaking stories on it, I figured I should give it a shot. It didn’t take me long to get addicted! I quickly gave up Facebook as a result.

Who is your favorite person to follow on Twitter?
I love following Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) and Brad Keselowski (@keselowski). Shelton is just hilarious while Keselowski is funny yet very informative and very active on Twitter. Both are quite entertaining.

Who is the most interesting person who follows you on Twitter?
I’d say Mario Andretti (@MarioAndretti) and Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick). But I have never looked at all of the people who follow me. I’m sure there are others who are interesting outside of racing.

If you could add any one person as a Twitter follower, who would it be?
Matt Lauer of the Today show or Ellen DeGeneres.

What’s your favorite Twitter moment?
Not knowing then that it would be one of my favorites, but the exchanges that the late Dan Wheldon and I shared not long before his death are up there with some of my most cherished.

What’s been your strangest exchange on Twitter?
I wouldn’t say it was necessarily strange, but rather unique when I announced my pregnancy via Twitter in early 2012. I said something along the lines of “my firesuit will be expanding.” The outpouring of messages and congrats was just amazing. I also used Twitter to announce my son’s birth later in the year. Twitter is such a great avenue to get your message out quickly and efficiently.

  • Bill Changus

    Hi Jamie Little
    If this gets to you, I always wondered about who makes the replacement car (ford, chevy) parts (fenders,doors,hoods) that are destroyed during each race and who makes the new interior roll cages for each car? Just curious,

    • Hi Bill. Front Row relayed your question to Jamie Little. Here’s her reply, and thanks for reading Front Row: “Hello Bill. Thank you for your question. It’s a good one! As far as the fenders and sheet metal that you see get getting crunched up and often times destroyed, that is made in the fabrication department of each individual team. Most of the big teams have employees whose job is to shape sheet metal for the cars they are currently building and extra for damaged cars. As far as the roll cages go, that’s a good question. I don’t know the exact answer but I’m willing to guess that the teams who build their own chassis build the roll cages as well. Remember, NASCAR must approve all parts on a race car before it hits the track, that includes the fenders, doors, hoods and roll cages.”