After seven years as a focal point of Fox Sports’ NASCAR coverage, Danielle Trotta is leaving the network, she announced Monday.
“My departure comes at a time where I’m ready to grow and tackle new challenges,” the 35-year-old Trotta wrote on Twitter. “The journalist in me finds intrigue around many corners and this was the right time personally and professionally to follow where the next story leads.”
— Danielle Trotta (@DanielleTrotta) February 13, 2017
Since 2013, Trotta had been co-host of NASCAR Race Hub on FS1, the network’s hour-long daily NASCAR show. She will be replaced in that role by Shannon Spake, who will co-host next to Adam Alexander, beginning Monday.
Spake joined Fox Sports last July after a decade at ESPN. Since then, she has done mostly sideline work for college football and basketball coverage, though she has NASCAR experience from her days in Bristol. In addition to Race Hub, she will also host FS1’s pre-race coverage for NASCAR Xfinity Series events and also work the sidelines for college basketball and NFL games.
As for Trotta, she’s giving up a pretty good gig at FS1, so she must have something exciting lined up. FS1 will miss her—she was an experienced and respected face of the network’s racing coverage—but Spake is very capable as well.