Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mascot Still on U.S. Tour Auto Race May Be on Owl's Itinerary

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mascot Still on U.S. Tour Auto Race May Be on Owl's Itinerary

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Times-Union staff writer

Grab your helmets and strap in: Loretto Elementary School's globe-trotting mascot may be going racing, NASCAR-style.

Wisdom, the stuffed owl who flew the coop Feb. 28 on a cross-country trek on Overnite Transport Co. trucks, could be strapped into a stock car in either the NAPA Auto Parts 500 at California Speedway Sunday, the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond International Raceway May 5, or The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway May 19, said Principal Caroline Rademacher.

Why not? The bird has been everywhere else as part of its cross-country trip. And students have proof, thanks to photographs and faxes "sent" by the bird at every stop he's made, Rademacher said.

"I have pictures of him in the snow in Portland, Maine. In Richmond, Va., he has a headset on helping route trucks on the master computer. I have one of him sitting on a box in a warehouse somewhere, and running a forklift," she said. …

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