Photo: Savannah Blanco
By: Kobe Lambeth
Teenagers in high school often daydream about their future following graduation. Patrisia Cisneros, a 15 year old sophomore, at Valley Center (CA) High School, seems like your typical student but has a deep passion for NASCAR. The pre-race prayer, National Anthem, the command to start engines, and the best drivers in the world going to battle every lap fuels Cisneros’ dream to be a part of the sport in some capacity.
“I’ve been a race fan for 6 to 7 years,” Cisneros told Daily NASCAR Scoop and More.
Outside of her love for NASCAR, Cisneros is a member of her high school’s (Valley Center High School Jaguars) Track and Field team, enjoys spending time with family and friends, and helping out others in need. There are many opportunities to be a part of NASCAR and Cisneros has already done her research narrowing her options down to a few possible career choices.
“A few careers that I’m looking into are sports photography and engineering,” said Cisneros.
In general, sports photography is a great way to get to the race track as a photographer taking pictures during race weekends. Journalists at the track will likely need photos for their articles and having a photographer can prevent a journalist from “double duty.” Sports photographers will be needed as “media has impacted NASCAR in different ways” by providing breaking news and analysis to the fans. Engineering involves hardcore math and science, which plays a major factor into the product viewed on the racetrack.
As sports photography and engineering are the top career choices of Cisneros, it appears that she is clearly comfortable with one over the other.
“I love taking pictures and NASCAR, so I thought why not put the two things together,” said Cisneros. “This year I started learning some things about photography and it’s something I would like to do as a career.
NASCAR is the one sport that Cisneros truly loves compared to other worldwide sports. However, there is so much more to NASCAR than the on-track product.