56 JUNE 2014 scca.com
The racing world opened up to Christy Hopkins because of a
calendar. The Denver area native was
working at a valve and fitting supply
store in 1998 when a customer
noticed her desk calendar. “It was just
a classic NASCAR calendar,” says
Christy. Was she interested in racing?
“I was a fan of everything from Sprint
cars to drags to figure-eight racing.”
He gave her the phone number of a
Flag & Communications chief. She
called and was told that she should
come up to La Junta and check out an
upcoming vintage race weekend. She
was indeed interested so she drove the
three hours solo on a Friday evening.
Christy is not a shrinking violet.
Many of the Club members were
Turn 1, it was just ‘ Whoooooo!’ It was
loud, it was fast; it was everything!”
She stayed active in the vintage
circles, but joined the SCCA in 2002
when the Denver Grand Prix came
back to town. She was in awe of the
cars. “I manned a huge fire bottle. It
was not my favorite thing to do, but
they put us where we were needed.”
Working corners is her favorite place
to be and she became a chief in 2011.
She continues to be a woman on the
move. “I’m going to see this country
one racetrack at a time.” An average
year sees her at three to four pro races,
about 10 local races, and three to four
track days. “Pro racing has been
amazing.” She’s worked IndyCar, ALMS,
World Challenge, Petit Lemans, V- 8
Supercars, and F-1. “Just to be there
and experience the speed and the
sound at COTA was incredible.” Her
bucket list includes Road America,
Watkins Glen, Montreal, Waterford Hills,
and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
PDX days are also a big draw for
Christy. Once she discovered that she
could get 30 free minutes of lapping in
her Miata in exchange for a day of
flagging, she couldn’t get enough.
“The first time I tried it, I was like,
‘Yeah!’ It was awesome. I still do it.”
She wasn’t at the National
Championship Runoffs when she was
presented with the BFGoodrich Tire
Worker of the Year Award for Rocky
Mountain Division. Rather, she found
out about the award via Facebook.
“I’m so shocked by this award,” she
says. “I never thought I’d win it. I guess
it’s because I volunteer for
everything,” she laughs. She received
a free set of BFGoodrich tires for her
Silverado, but she proudly notes that
earlier in the year she made a point of
buying a set of BFGoodrich tires for
her Miata. “I wanted to support them
because they are supporting us.”
HARD AT WORK
Christy Hopkins volunteers
for everything, thus she finds
herself doing very cool things,
like working Petit Le Mans.
track for Christy
first day flagging
there was in the
wet. “I’m from
a dry climate,
so I wasn’t
for that. Then it
with the humidity,
I couldn’t believe
how hot I got.”
But her most
memorable Mid-Ohio moment
came when she
was working an
“It was exciting.
There was a
big crowd. The
t wo-seater went
by, with Mario
I were inside the
the track to take
our station on the
outside of the turn
when we heard
motor noises and
“We got in
trouble for that
one,” she admits.
CHRIs Ty HOPKINS is Rocky Mountain Division’s F&c WoRkeR oF the yeaR
They took me around the
paddock the next day.
I’d never seen a bug-eye
CHRIS T Y HOPKINS
Words James Kearney
IMAGE Courtesy Christy Hopkins
hanging out in the motel parking lot.
“They were very nice to me, very
receptive.” Because the group already
had a Christy, she was designated the
“Good Christy.” “They took me around
the paddock the next day. I’d never
seen a bug-eye Sprite before.
I remember seeing a Fiat Abarth and
an Alfa Romeo Giuletta.” This was not
a figure-eight race.
She loved working corners right
from the start. “I was just amazed. It
was so cool. I wasn’t scared.
Everyone knew what they were
doing.” The cars going by just looked
so beautiful zinging by like a
speeding museum. But they really
sunk the hook at lunchtime. “They
had drive-arounds! It was like
heroin,” she cackles. She got into a
1967 Corvette, driven by Don Heins.
“I had a moment of fear but when
I looked over at him, he was so
relaxed. And by the time we got to