This Saturday the sporty spotlight shines bright on 2006 Queen of the Track, Cyndee Schwartz. Check out Cyndee’s sensational interview below where she shares how she stays balanced, her thoughts on winning, and much, much more.
Name: Cyndee Schwartz
Sport(s): Drag Racing
Age: 50 (yikes – how did THAT happen!)
Hometown: Colfax, CA
Strayer University alumni (BS Computer Info Systems - 2006 )
Currently attending Sierra College - Administration of Justice
Number: G759/7759 SST
What’s your fave sport? Drag Racing
How many years have you been playing your fave sport? 6 Years
What was your fave sporty moment or memory?
It seems like every year I get more memories to add into my fave list… so this is a tough question. One of my favorites was a race two years ago where my friends, Katherine, Nancy, and I decided to compete in a small trophy class race. There were about 30 cars in the class, and we three girls did our best to not have to race each other. One by one we took out the guys we raced, and in the quarter finals, we were still in. We each again took out the guys, and then met each other in the semi final round. Katherine and I ended up in the final round. She cut a better light, so I ended up taking runner-up that day. We shared so many laughs that it was really impossible to get stressed over the race – which is probably why we did so well. That was the most fun I have ever had during a race day.
What was the biggest lesson you’ve learned from playing your sport?
Winning is a combination of attitude, skill, and luck. All you can control is the attitude you have, and your prep for the race. If Bad Luck gets in the way of a win, don’t let it get you down. Just continue to do your best no matter what.
What lessons have you learned about work ethic from your sport?
Show up, prepared to work, and with a good attitude, no matter what else is going on in your life – and you will succeed.
What have you learned about teamwork?
The hardest thing is that it ISN’T all about you - it is about the team – and many times the spotlight will be on other team members. Love it and celebrate it when your teammates do well and you don’t. Be there for your teammates always, for the good and the bad. They are your family.
How do you balance school and sports?
I have a five way balance thing going – God, family, work, school, and drag racing. That is the order of priority that I have to keep them in. I tell you it can be tough! Drag racing is part of my life and who I am, but without the other parts - drag racing can’t exist.
List some awards or accolades you’ve received.
My absolute favorite accolade was King (ahem… Queen) of the Track in 2006 during an all-truck race. I was unbeatable that day!
Final Round Wins: 5
Final Rounds: 9
Who’s your fave athlete, both male and female?
For male – John Force. He’s an NHRA pro driver that’s had some pretty tough spots over the past few years. He cares about everyone on his team (even the one’s that AREN’T related), he has a winning attitude, and he is just an inspiration to watch.
For female – Peggy Llewellyn. Another NHRA pro in the Pro Stock Motorcycles class. She is a treasure. She has a great personality on and off track, and tough competitive spirit. I have never seen her lose her cool – no matter what the circumstances. She is a great role model.
What’s the girliest thing you like to do? (Pretty Tough signature question)
I get together with my daughter-in-law, and some friends, and we either scrapbook, or make some crafty creations with stamps. To me that is WAY girlie… especially after being in the garage tearing an engine down the day before.
Thanks, Cyndee! Great advice on winning and the importance of balance and best of luck with your Drag Racing career.
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