Yesterday NASCAR announced their new garage access policy that will allow children into garages on race days. That’s a great thing and will surely create some memorable experiences for NASCAR’s youngest fans. But what I’m writing about today has to do with the reminder NASCAR tacked on to the end of their press release:

Also updated for 2011: The dress code for all NASCAR pit and garage areas. Attire must remain appropriate for both a major sporting event and a family environment, but has been relaxed to include shorts, open-toed shoes, sleeveless blouses and skirts/dresses.

This opens up a whole new world of wardrobe choices for women, not so much the guys (shorts, big whoop). Now that ladies can wear dresses in the garage, will they? And what will this do for the especially motivated women that are seriously interested in attracting a driver’s attention by any means necessary? Yes, it says, “Attire must remain appropriate for both a major sporting event and a family environment,” but do you really think that’ll stop pit lizards from getting creative? I wonder.
Ines Sainz
As for myself, a member of the media, I’m supposed to be professional no matter what. And I am, although my style of dress at the track consists of jeans, my black Converse Chuck Taylor’s, some random top that’s “cute” and usually a hoodie that hides the “cute” top. So I end up looking like the female version of Facebook’s creator, Mark Zuckerberg, with people asking me what I’m studying in school, as if I’m not out of college yet. I’m 30-years-old so that’s a nice thing to hear but at the same time it’s not ’cause people tend to think you’re not “serious” when you look like you still go to frat parties. So I should probably step-up my game in the style department. But I don’t necessarily want to go all the way to other side of the spectrum and dress up like Ines Sainz (pictured at right) did at the NFL’s Super Bowl Media Day and look like I’m going to a cocktail party.

No, I’ll have to find some middle ground and I doubt any sort of dress will be in the picture. But I like knowing that the option is there and I look forward to “people watching” in the garages this season. I expect some inspired fashion choices to be on display.