COVENTRY, R.I. and SEEKONK, Mass. — Story by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Taylor Therrien photo —
For one college youngster, a dream of a lifetime is starting to come true.
Seekonk Speedway announced last Monday via their Facebook page that 21-year old Taylor Therrien, of Coventry, Rhode Island, will be joining the track staff full-time as one of the leaders of the Sales and Marketing team.
Therrien brings a solid background in the field, being a recent graduate of the Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts with a degree in Sports Management and Marketing. She jumped at the opportunity, citing that the circumstances worked out perfectly for her for 2015.
“This opportunity was really a timing thing for me,” Therrien said. “I’ve been attending school at Nichols College studying for degrees in Sports Management and Marketing. This was my last semester in school and I have been job hunting and preparing to graduate. As part of a school credit, I have been interning at the track with Ed St. Germain since August. He has taught me more than I could ever think of and I am so thankful and appreciative of everything he has done for me to help better my career both now and in the future.”
Therrien has also been racing at the Speedway for several years. She competed in the Sport 4 class when it first began and has since moved into the Sports Truck division as part of the Saturday night schedule. She plans to balance both racing and her work.
“Many people have asked me if I am still racing or if I am hanging up the helmet. I have proven through my time in my internship that I can keep my profession/career and my hobby separate — which I plan to continue. I actually personally have big plans for next season as well as starting my third season in the truck division.”
Therrien has shown improvement in the truck division since she started and should be a solid competitor in 2015. She also is a crew member on Eric Pellitier’s NEMST ride.
But, at the moment — she’s not focused on that, only on the job at hand.
“For now, I am more than excited and honored to have been given this oppurtunity,” Therrien said. “Thanks to everyone for the support and kind words, and of course thank you to everyone at Seekonk Speedway.”