Aleia Ando Melese
Ticket and Camping Assistant
Originally from sunny Santa Monica, California, I came to Monterey in 2009 to attend California State University Monterey Bay (and to stay by the beach) where I earned my degree in Japanese Language & Culture. After graduating in 2013 I moved home, but it only took about a month for me to decide that Monterey is where I want to be!
Hometown: Santa Monica, California
College: California State University Monterey Bay
Favorite Racing Series: Probably the Spring Classic because it’s new this year just like me!
Favorite Racer: Mark Donohue (he’s my dad’s favorite)
First Time You Realized You Like Racing: During my first time at Mazda Raceway when I volunteered in the Souvenir Shop during Moto GP 2013. Watching the motorcycles race around the track was exhilarating!
Favorite Music: Pretty much anything, but rock ‘n’ roll (especially David Bowie) is at the top of the list!
Favorite Movie: Too many to choose a favorite, but Lilo and Stitch is a childhood favorite.
Favorite Book: Probably the Harry Potter books and a lot of comics/manga!
Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, video games, arts & crafts, traveling and spending time with my family, friends and pets.
Something no one else knows about you: I grew up in the city, but spent a lot time on my grandparents’ tree farm in Fallbrook, California. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck with my dog was the best!