Friday, September 11, 2015

Employee Spotlight - Paula Hawthorne

Paula’s passion for racing began over 25 years ago when she became interested in motorcycles. Her venture with motorcycles brought her to the track where she flagged for AMA (American Motorcycle Association). Over the years she has met many racing enthusiasts that have ultimately become like her second family.

Paula was trained by Lake Erie Communications to be a flagger. Paula flagged for SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and pro events with AMA. Paula’s devotion to racing has taken her to many different tracks. She has crewed at the following places: Sonoma California and New Hampshire with BMW,  Sebring Florida with SCCA, Virginia International Speedway, Summit Point Raceway, Watkins Glen, NY., Mid-Ohio Raceway, Pocono Raceway, Road America in Wisconsin and Road Atlanta to name just a few. When going to these tracks she also finds time to Grid the cars before going out for a race.

Paula is now crewing for Spec Miata Race Cars. She is highly involved politically with SCCA by traveling to the national conventions, mini cons and round table meetings. Paula will be Race Chair Director for an upcoming race at Pitt Raceway in Beaver County. SCCA has been encouraging Paula to apply for the Steward Program. A Steward’s job is knowing the different specialties like tech, timing and scoring, race control, emergency services and registration that make a race successful.

With her devotion and appreciation to the racing world it is no doubt Paula will move on to bigger and better adventures with SCCA .