NASCAR Pit Reporter Jamie Little encouraging women to take charge in the garage

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CONCORD, N.C. -- NASCAR is a male-dominated sport both on the track and behind the scenes but it wouldn't be the same without women like driver Danica Patrick or FOX NASCAR Pit Reporter Jamie Little.

Little has to know everything about race cars. It's her job as a pit reporter. From understanding the racing tire to comprehending the nearly 200 mph speeds these cars approach in nearly every race, Little has learned all the nuances of NASCAR.

When she first got into motorsports she was like a lot of ladies; not hardly knowing the first thing about her own car. She grew up a tomboy, but her interest was motorcycles and motocross racing.

"Obviously being in NASCAR I wanted to know about the car. I want to know what's happening with my car, what's gonna happen when I blow a tire in the middle of the desert, which happened to me when I was 16," Little tells FOX8.

So when the opportunity came to co-author a book -- "Essential Car Care for Women" -- she was all in.

"I did my research, I learned so much about car maintenance, what to do just to be heads up in case of emergencies and we collaborated and came out with this book."

These day's Jamie's proud of what she know's about cars and she'll tell you. She says the top three items are to regularly check the air pressure in your tires, check that the tread on the tires is wearing evenly and check the oil often.

"It's so liberating to be able to pull the dipstick out and check it and, whew, my oil looks good," Jamie says with a laugh.

Maybe her biggest suggestion of all is where to keep the book. She suggests putting it in the glove box of the car for handy reference.

"If I can help somebody understand their car or feel liberated or empowered because they're like, OK I got this, I'll go on this long trip, I don't need to be calling daddy for every little thing then cool, we did our job."