Welcome to the newest edition of Ask a Gearhead, our Q&A series with enthusiasts and personalities in the automotive space. Last time we got a bunch of friends together for lunch in LA, and this month we are very pleased to feature Julia Landauer!
Julia races in NASCAR’s Pinty’s Series, the top stock car racing series in Canada. Being a female race car driver certainly comes with many interesting experiences and provides a unique perspective on things. But beyond racing cars, Julia is a bonafide modern entrepreneur who has her hands in multiple ventures at any given time. You can read all about her exploits both in and outside of racing here.
We recently featured Julia as part of our campaign highlighting women in the automotive and transportation industries — check out her page to watch the video and read more about Julia’s work. And give her a follow on Instagram while you’re at it!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAMILY CAR GROWING UP?
We had an Audi S4 wagon when I was growing up in New York City. It was like a dark evergreen color.
WHAT’S THE WORST THING YOU’VE EVER DRIVEN?
I had to drive a minivan once. Maybe a Chrysler Town & Country? I don’t remember. I was driving it for a friend that day, and it was just miserable. But I was also a little impressed how it drove, considering what it was.
IF YOU COULD OWN JUST ONE CAR FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Porsche 911. They’re a lot of fun and can almost pass as a good commuter car without being obnoxious — almost. For around town I think they’re still just a little pretentious but I’ve always enjoyed driving them.
FAVORITE ROAD TRIP?
I love the Blue Ridge Parkway. Especially out in the Smokies around the Asheville area. Also Highway 1 from the Bay Area going south, of course. It’s pretty incredible.
WHAT’S IN YOUR NETFLIX QUEUE RIGHT NOW?
I’m really looking forward to Netflix’s Formula One series [Formula 1: Drive to Survive]. Also I’m into cooking shows like Chef’s Table. And I’m a little behind right now, but I’m a big fan of This is Us, I love that show. I don’t always have time to watch them but when I do…
YOU’RE DIRECTING FAST & FURIOUS 9, WHAT’S THE HERO CAR?
I would say an Aston. The new DBS Superleggera would be great — it’s just a big muscled-looking supercar.
WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST ANIMAL TO RIDE IF IT WERE SCALED UP TO THE SIZE OF A HORSE?
Let’s go with a lizard. It would be weird, but they’re so quick and nimble.
WHAT ACTIVITY ARE YOU EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO DO IN A CAR WHEN SELF-DRIVERS ARRIVE?
I guess I’m looking forward to being able to enjoy the ride as a passenger. We’ll get to enjoy the experience of seeing things out of the window. When you’re driving your eyes are on the road, obviously, and if you’re already a passenger, whoever is driving is focused on the road so you’ll be able to talk.
WHO WOULD PLAY YOU IN THE BIOPIC OF YOUR LIFE? AND WHAT IS IT CALLED?
I think a young Jennifer Connely would play me now. Someone once told me we look alike and now I can’t unsee it. And it’d be called “When nothing goes right, go left.”
IF YOU HAD AN ICE CREAM TRUCK, WHAT SONG WOULD YOU PLAY FROM THE SPEAKER?
At this point in my life, I’d play “High Hopes” by Panic at the Disco. It’s just very uplifting and inspirational, and paired with ice cream, what could be better?
WHAT’S THE LAST CAR YOUR RENTED, ON ANY PLATFORM ANYWHERE?
It was a Volkswagen Touareg I booked on Turo! I took it down to see the Daytona 500. The sunroof was clutch to have open for the six-hour drive. And honestly, people move out of the left lane quicker when you have a bigger car. My GTI is not very convincing, it’s just too low.