Just a couple weeks ago, we were searching for Richard Petty Driving Experience’s #1 fan. Many of you submitted AWESOME videos telling us why YOU were our #1 fan. (We are so thankful for ALL our loyal fans) The three video submissions that received the most “Likes” on our facebook page were viewed by The King himself. Richard was VERY impressed by the videos but thought Kim Keen best expressed her love of RPDE and did an amazing job telling us why she’s our #1 fan.
Congratulations Kim on being named Richard Petty Driving Experience’s #1 fan!!!
We wanted to get to know our #1 fan better and thought you would also enjoy getting to know her! Here’s ten questions with Kim Keen….
RPDE: Kim, congrats on being named Richard Petty Driving Experience’s #1 Fan! Richard watched the top three #1 Fan Video submissions and picked YOU as the winner! If you had the chance to speak to him right now, what would you say?!
KK: I’m thinking that If I were to speak with Mr. Petty – my first reaction would be that I would be in a state of shock therefore causing me to be speechless!!! However - I would first say Thank You for choosing my video and above that remind him of what an inspiration he is!!! I would love to know how he acquired such confidence and determination? I know his incredible personality goes far beyond motorsports, and he must have other interests too – curious to know what. Most likely, I would also at some point probably ask for his autograph!!!! (Who wouldn’t, right?!?!) Since I’m on a roll here – I might as well just go ahead and ask him if he would be willing to get behind the wheel of one of his cars and take his RPDE #1 Fan for a Ride -a-long – RICHARD PETTY STYLE!!!! (I know he’s not to into doing that, but I couldn’t resist!!!)
RPDE: How does being named Richard Petty Driving Experience’s #1 Fan make you feel?
KK: I feel that I have been allowed a great honor to be chosen by Richard Petty to be named the RPDE #1 Fan – although, I believe I am only one of the many #1 Fans the RPDE has! I think I can speak on behalf of a lot of the fans when I say – we all get out of the car feeling #1!!!!!
RPDE: As our #1 Fan and a RPDE legend, will you tell your children and your grandchildren and their grandchildren about your Driving Experiences? Will they follow in your “need for speed” footsteps?
KK: I will absolutely tell everyone about my driving experiences!! I tell everyone I can now!! I had some of my family cheering me on from pit row – which was really cool! I know that my boys will share these memories with their children – if they should some day become parents! I think they were both impressed with my drive in Daytona. Before the RPDE – I was being told I was crazy – after the RPDE – I was brave and did awesome! So, yes – I feel they will follow in my “need for speed” footsteps, they just haven’t quite realized it yet!!!!!
RPDE: Of course our dream car is a Petty Blue #43 NASCAR race car…. What is your dream car?
KK: I really don’t have a particular dream car, anything that goes fast, and is sweet looking! Would have to be red and/or black. - I think having a convertible would be nice.
RPDE: How did you celebrate being named Richard Petty Driving Experience’s #1 Fan? Did your house look like Victory Lane after winning the Daytona 500?
KK: I was totally excited when I heard I won, I did the happy dance!!! I slept with a smile that evening! I have yet to do the real celebrating!!!!!
RPDE: Which RPDE track location do you plan to conquer next? Why?
KK: I have not decided which track to do next! It doesn’t really matter. The fact that I get to drive again is unbelievable!!! I would like to go where I can exceed my challenges at Daytona. I think it will be fun to drive a track like Charlotte or even Vegas. I want to have to really be in control of the car. Turns for handling and braking and straight stretches for speed!! Just knowing that I am going to “Get strapped in and be in control in a 600 hp car” once again – is good enough for me. Any track will be GREAT!!!
RPDE: Richard Petty’s signature look has always been a cowboy hat, dark sunglasses, belt buckle and cowboy boots… Becoming a legend means you need a trademark! What would you do/wear to make your unforgettable signature look, like The King has done?
KK: I don’t have much of a signature look – I do always wear a gold cross neclace and sign my name with a heart above the I. I am up for suggestions on the trademark look!!!
RPDE: In your #1 Fan Video Submission, Richard was able to see the love and passion you have for Richard Petty Driving Experience and really enjoyed watching, as did everyone! Can we expect to see anymore videos from you in the future?
KK: If there is an opportunity for me to share more of my RPDE videos – you will definately see more videos!!!
RPDE: Driving a NASCAR race car is always a huge thrill, but what is the next “must do experience” on your bucket list? Why?
KK: I really only have 2 things I must do – on my bucket list. The RPDE at Daytona was 1 of them! The only other thing I would like to do is go white water rafting in the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River! I think the canyon would be a breathtaking sight to see and to feel the power of the raging river among the scenery would be overwhelming!!! The earths natural beauty is amazing!!!
RPDE: Is there anything you would like to say to YOUR fans and the people that liked your video on Facebook?
KK: I want to thank all of the people who voted for my video on facebook. I really enjoyed the opportunity to share my driving experience with everyone who was willing to watch it. Because of you, my video was 1 of the 3 to be viewed by Richard Petty! How cool to know that the King of Nascar viewed my perception of my RPDE, and honored, to say the least, to be chosen as the RPDE #1 Fan Video Contest Winner! What incredible support I recieved - that means so much to me!!! Thanks for being a part of a lifelong memory of mine! For those of you who are considering the RPDE, I encourage you to do it and go fast, fast, fast! Those of you who have done it, I encourage you to do it again n again n again!!!! As The RPDE #1 Fan – I have the greatest #1 fans too! Lets get to a track and go – go - go!!!!!!
RPDE: Kim, thanks for your passion and loyalty for Richard Petty Driving Experience. We are excited that you are our #1 Fan and look forward to getting to know you better!!!
To view Kim’s winning video, click here: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUiPclm3vEJusEyyvCV1YGog&feature=plcp
Happy New Year and all the best in 2012!!!