52 MARCH 2020 scca.com
(LEFT, bottom) Heather
Clark has made friends
and memories to last a
lifetime while working
F&C, a position that
even took her to
Le Mans (BELOW),
where she worked
the famed Arnage
portion of the circuit.
For North Carolina Region’s Heather Clark, working F&C
is only part of the fun | WORDS James Kearney | IMAGES Courtesy Heather Clark
Sometimes, when everything is right, your hobby can take you places your
real job never could. Heather Clark grew
up in Danville, Va., but she initially didn’t
connect with the SCCA even after she
and a friend went to a race at a nearby
VIRginia International Raceway.
In her day job, she is a case manager
for a community services board working
with adults with developmental disabilities.
“I help people have a better quality of life by
connecting them with the appropriate local
services.” This daunting and important work
is not for everyone. You need the right match
of passion and commitment, and Heather
is fully on board on both counts. But even
she couldn’t have predicted her racing path
would take her to work the famous Arnage
corner at Le Mans. Yes, that Le Mans.
She was always a car gal, she says.
“I just didn’t know about the SCCA,” she
explains. In 2006, a former coworker
encouraged her to come out to the
Region’s Crash and Burn School. “He said,
‘Hey, you like cars, come on out.’” And
just like that, her alternate life began.
Her first impressions were that the car
stuff was fun, but the people were incredible.
“I just loved the way they welcomed me
and were so accepting of everyone,” she
says. “It really did feel like a family. They
were into cars as well and crazy enough
to stand at the edge of the track.”
Heather is all in. She is trackside most
every weekend from February through
December working everything from SCCA
events to various high-performance
driving days and vintage events. She also
works IMSA events and motorcycle races.
Her resume includes working corners
at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12
Hours of Sebring, Indy Car at Mid-Ohio,
and the inaugural F1 race at COTA.
Not surprisingly, she has racked up awards
as she progressed first to Assistant Flag
Chief in 2011 and finally to Flag Chief in
2017. In 2018, she received the prestigious
Jacque Holland Award bestowed by the
Southeast Division for treating fellow SCCA
members as family first. “I don’t feel like I am
doing anything extraordinary,” she admits.
“I just do what needs to be done to ensure
our F&C workers have what is necessary
for them to have fun and do a good job.
I’ve been in that position. If people have
fun, they come back. Keeping up morale is
very important.” She also recently became
North Carolina Region’s Assistant RE.
Her own morale got a serious boost
this past summer when she received a gift
from her motorsports friends financing her
travels to Le Mans, where she worked the
ultimate classic street race. “The trip was
well beyond any expectations I had,” she
says. “I worked four days and camped out
within the course. I was stationed at Arnage,
and one of my shifts began at 1 a.m.”
A recent job change meant she couldn’t
actually work the 2019 Runoffs at VIR, but
she was often on site in the evening to catch
up with friends. Four friends conspired to get
her to attend the worker awards banquet
where she heard her named called out to
receive the F&C Worker of the Year Award.
“I thought I was just there to see my friends
and pick up some turnips one of them had
promised me, and go to dinner,” she laughs.
“I was really surprised. I’d already put in
10-plus hours at my real job that day before
driving to the track, so I was pretty tired and
hungry. But after I got the award, I felt great.
“I can’t imagine my life being this rich
without the friends and experiences I’ve had
through my SCCA participation,” she says.
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