What's Driving Ryan Seacrest

09/27/2012 02:46 pm ET | Updated Nov 27, 2012
  • Jeryl Brunner Writer, columnist and author, 'My City, My New York, Famous New Yorkers Share Their Favorite Places'

Last week, Ryan Seacrest launched the 2013 Ford Fusion in the center of Times Square in New York City. So I asked the American Idol host about his mettle behind the pedal.

Q: What kind of driver were you when you first learned how to drive? 

Ryan Seacrest: I was actually not a bad driver. My father used to take me to a parking lot about 10 minutes from where i grew up and we would learn how to go forward, go backward and learn how to parallel park. So by the time I could really drive, I wasn't so bad. Just a few minor fender benders. Nothing major, thank God. 

Q: Did you pass on your first try? 

Ryan Seacrest: I did pass on my first try, but i have to tell you,  I was nervous.You know,  I'm not nervous when I'm hosting American Idol, but I remember being nervous. Anytime I'm testing, I'm nervous. I still actually get a little parallel parking fright, now to this day, because we don't have to do that very much now, but I do get a little bit of parallel parking fright. 

Q: What is your favorite spot to take a drive?

Ryan Seacrest: I like to drive home, because I'm so rarely there. It's nice to go from where ever I go back to the house. 


Ryan Seacrest, (left) and Alan Mulally, Ford's president and CEO, launch the new Ford Fusion in Times Square

(Photo courtesy of Ford. Used with permission.)

Correction: In a previous version of this post, the Ford Fusion featured above was incorrectly identified as the 2012 model. It is a 2013 Ford Fusion.