Did Christmas Really Work For NASCAR Before ‘Big Brother 19’? She Made Racing History – Bustle
It’s still early in the Big Brother 19 season, but Christmas has already had one of the most memorable seasons in BB history. While she has had a unique Big Brother experience this season, Christmas recently revealed that she is no stranger to breaking the mold. During a conversation with the usually stoic Cody, she got the marine to geek out when she revealed that she was one of the only women to be on a NASCAR pit crew. While she has no way of proving to anyone in the house that she was in a pit crew, it’s 100 percent true that Christmas of Big Brother 19 used to work for NASCAR.
While being on a NASCAR pit crew is impressive in and of itself, Christmas managed to break a major glass ceiling while doing so. She was not only one of the only women to serve on a NASCAR pit crew – she was the very first. Years before her Big Brother fame, she opened up to Sports Illustrated about her experience, saying that she “didn’t have any credibility as an athlete until … NASCAR.” While the drivers of the stars of the show, Christmas makes it clear that being able to get a car in and out of the pit at fast speeds is a sport in and of itself.
Christmas explained to Sports Illustrated, “You’re always training, and you only get two weeks off. It’s a younger person’s sport. If this was 10 years ago, I’d be all over it, and building my career around this. But I was coming into the sport at 30 years old, as a tire changer, when most of the tire changers have retired by 30 because of knee issues.” Christmas is easily one of the most interesting and accomplished houseguests that Big Brother has ever had, but even winning this season while treating a major injury can’t compare to the work she’s already done making NASCAR a more inclusive enterprise.