Who’s Who in NASA: Matt McIntyre

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Full Name: Matt McIntyre
Hometown:
Salinas, California
Years in AZ:
8 Years
Favorite Food(s):
Fish… fish… and more FISH! Favorite fish-based meal was had in Australia called Barramundi. Matt also enjoys crab and lobster (he would have it every day if it wasn’t so expensive). Needless to say, he misses living next to the ocean and walking the wharf eating “crabby cakes”!
Favorite Music:
Everything except elevator music, but mostly Country and Rock. Favorite bands are Seether and Lady Antebellum.
Occupation:
Flight Instructor
NASA Class:
TTB, PTB / GTS-3

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Many of you have seen or heard about a certain blue BMW M3 zooming around the track. In this edition of Who’s Who I’d like to bring your attention to the guy behind the wheel, Matt McIntyre.

Matt grew up in beautiful Salinas, California, native to many local wineries, beaches, and cultural richness of the Bay Area. His father was a successful businessman in managing and consulting with the various vineyards in Monterey County, so needless to say he always had wine in his blood and viticulture on his brain. He spent many summers working for his dad in the fields, essentially saving up a “car” fund. No, he did not end up with a pristine hot rod and spend carefree nights in the neighborhood doing burnouts. Instead, his first car was a 1989 535i automatic…in beige. While not quite the car you see him driving today, it was a blast to flog around. Stock parts from this 5-series were slowly replaced with aftermarket ones, truly making the car all his own. In the process, he also learned which parts endure the test of time.

“I remember racing on the back roads and over the Laguna Seca grade passing cars in a four door sedan. That car was riddled with transmission problems. I had to replace it twice which is why to this day I will not buy an automatic!”

Thumbs up ace!

Thumbs up ace!

When Matt graduated from Robert Louis Stevenson High School, he went from Pebble Beach to Arizona for the wonderful opportunity to fly at a rather prestigious flight school known as Mesa Pilot Development. Matt worked tediously to earn his certificates and soon completed a Bachelors of Science degree in Aeronautical Management and Technology in 2008 from Arizona State University. From that point forward, Matt has been instructing flight students full-time and currently instructs foreign pilots at Falcon Field Airport. “I really enjoy my job,” explained Matt. “But it can be stressful with people trying to kill me everyday (students, weather, ATC, other pilots, the plane) but that’s my job to make sure everything and everyone is safe. Just like racing, if you do this job long enough you can anticipate others moves before they act so that you can prevent an accident or incident. I have many good stories of avoiding such things!”

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I’ll never forget the time Matt was explaining to me how he likes to “eliminate risk” in his life. Naturally, I agreed with a raised brow. So! Matt likes to race cars and teach students to fly. I can see how that’s low risk…indirectly anyway.

Matt's office view is certainly a good one.

Matt's office has a pretty spectacular view.

Like many of us, the love of the race track and the excitement that goes along with it is like a drug to the vein. From a very early age, Matt has always been engulfed in the automotive world, influenced by the excitement and sounds that come along with it. His father always had a toy in the garage that needed to be tinkered with, polished, and driven. “He used to restore cars back in the day,” Matt explained. “I remember one time I asked my Dad if I could take the Porsche (1999 Porsche Carrera in a weird purple color, 6-speed manual) to school because my car was in the shop…and to my surprise he said yes! As long as I didn’t let it get rained on and only if I wash/wax it after. After driving it I couldn’t get enough of the feeling of speed.”

To be on the safe side, Matt’s parents sent him to the Skip Barber School to learn how to control his insatiable craving for speed. A drivers AA in a way! Before NASA, Matt had no prior racing experience, making Skip Barber the ultimate crash course (no pun intended) in learning how to race and control a car at speed.

Matt has been involved with NASA since it was known as Club Racing AZ, watching all the action from a flag station. With all the spectating that Matt was able to take in waving the various track flags, he gradually felt the bite from the racing “bug” and began his progression up the HPDE ladder. From the beginning, Matt has demonstrated a natural ability to drive and certainly couldn’t get enough of the rush of going 100mph with his hair on fire and inches from the walls.

For Matt, the choice for an E36 M3 was easy. Not only did he grow up with a quintessential BMW for his first car, but also owned an M3 prior to his current race car–same model but with a supercharger bringing power up to 450-ponies under the hood. “I was so comfortable in the car and was really in touch with how the car handled,” said Matt. “I figured it would make a great track car. I was able to slowly upgrade it over the years so as to not break my limited budget. Eventually, it turned into a great looking race car with the help of Precision Chassis Works and Ultimate Auto Works.”

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One of Matt’s most memorable moments took place at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah last September. Having been there myself and in the same pit area with Matt, I remember it well. His very healthy PTB/TTB E36 M3 was under utmost scrutiny; weighed multiple times, GPS tracking, dynoed, even the engine was fully inspected to check compression, bore and stroke. In the midst of the “tech” madness, all Matt could think about was going faster and leaving his mark in the TTB class. ‘I have to push harder to get this damn track record’ went on in his mind. He would not be satisfied until he had another track record under his belt and a first place win in TTB. Both of those goals were achieved that weekend.

An all NASA-AZ TTB podium!

An all NASA-AZ TTB podium!

“I remember getting off the track early because I knew I was light on fuel. The grid marshal waved me into the weigh station and pushed me up the ramps and on to the scales,” said Matt. “My dad was there and immediately I knew something was up because he was jumping up and down with a big smile on his face. He yelled “2:09.89″! I started yelling and bouncing up and down in my seat, so much that the grid marshal had to tell me to sit still so he could weigh me! I knew I set a very good lap but didn’t expect to beat the track record by over a second and a half! One of my best memories especially since my Dad was there to experience it with me.”

As most of our drivers have found, one of the greatest aspects of motorsports is the camaraderie that develops within the NASA community. Likewise, Matt enjoys helping other racers at the track, or simply spending quality time with them. It’s usually easy to do in such a tight community of people, as everyone shares a common passion. When times get tough, people are usually happy to help a driver in need. Matt discovered this first-hand when his car suffered a catastrophic engine failure at PIR during his first race with NASA-AZ. “I remember when I blew my engine at the first PIR event this year,” said Matt. “People really stepped up and helped me get my car onto a trailer and home to my garage without really asking for much in return (Thanks Paul Bloomberg!)”

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I think it’s safe to say that there are a fair number of spectators that have been converted into participants by watching drivers like Matt. Those of you that made the switch and gave track driving a try will likely agree that it’s fairly easy to get addicted to the sport. With his approachable personality and solid driver ability, Matt offers qualities that make him an example driver in our community. “I really love that feeling of having the fans in the grandstands watching me do my thing on track. Hopefully I may influence them as others did for me when I was sitting watching racing in the grandstands thinking that could be me on track.”

As fun as racing can be, there are inherent risks involved. We of course know Matt likes to reduce his “exposure to risk”, but he has bared witness to some fearful moments. Matt recalls two particular instances at FIR Main:

“I have been really lucky where I have not had any real scary moments on track but I have experienced two scary moments of others (both at the night event). I remember going into turn one and two at FIR main at the night event last year thinking the track was clear ahead only to see lots of dust and a car upside down in the tire wall! I immediately had that “holy shit” moment and hoped the person was ok. Oddly enough that was not was made it scary. Rather, it was his girlfriend in the car behind me screaming her head off thinking her boyfriend was in the car hurt badly or dead and she couldn’t get out of the car to help. Her screams gave me that sinking pit feeling in my stomach and goosebumps on my skin and still do to this day even thinking about it. I had that same feeling when I got word of what had happened at the last night event at FIR when Tage’s car caught fire. I hope he has a speedy recovery!”

Everyone in racing knows support is everything and safety is paramount. From family, friends, finances, and emotions; it is all a part of the large complex web of what makes or breaks a driver. Naturally, family members will have their worries when a loved one goes out and rolls the dice on the track. “My family and girlfriend really support me and my racing, but that doesn’t mean they have to like it. My mom and my girlfriend get really nervous for my safety when they know I am going on track,” explained Matt.

While the circumstances that occurred at FIR Main were unfortunate, they are nonetheless reminders of what safety gear can do in the event of the unexpected. It is a critical reminder to us all that investing in safety equipment and being prepared can save your life.

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This doesn’t always make parents feel better about our “sport” even when you show them that it is reasonably safe. Matt recalled the one time he took his mother on track for a ride-along, thinking it would tame some of her worries. It would be her first time in the car with Matt, and she exhibited a lot of hesitation. “She was very reluctant to even get in the car with me,” Matt explained. “I said ‘…oh don’t worry about it. I will go slow and we will only do a couple laps.’ So we went out there in a Time Trial session and I kept increasing the speed till I was at 8/10ths of my normal pace. She then started screaming and trying to find something to hold on to and began stomping the imaginary brake pedal to the floor. Great memories!”

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Matt and his girlfriend Tamara

While I doubt Matt’s mother will be going for another ride-along, she certainly understands that his passion for racing isn’t going away any time soon. With such a close family, there is a natural level of acceptance and support from them all. While Matt continues his efforts in racing, and perhaps to take it to a professional level someday, he maintains a healthy life/racing balance with his girlfriend of over three years, Tamara. “I want to get married sometime soon and have a family of my own with the love of my life Tamara,” Matt explained. “She really makes me a better person and supports me though the good and the bad.”

So there you have it! The various sides of this young man’s life; pilot, flight instructor, racer, family-oriented and all-around good guy that we know as Matt McIntyre. If you see him at the track, be sure to take time to say hello. More than likely you’ll be greeted with a smile.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone at NASA for the love and support over the years as well as Geri for taking the time to write some great articles on some really great people. If anyone sees me at the track or out and about, please feel free to come talk and introduce yourself!” –Matt McIntyre

Article Written by Geri Amani

Who’s Who in NASA – Tage and Adina Evanson

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Full Names: Tage Jae Evanson & Adina Evanson (pronounced “page” but with a “T”, and “Even” + “Son”)
Hometown:
(Tage) Red Bluff, California; (Adina) Glendale, Arizona
Tage’s 9-5:
Project Manager
Adina’s 9-5:
Full-Time Mom (Zaylee age 5, and Brynlee aka “B” age 3) & Bookkeeping at Ace Hardware
Tage’s NASA Title:
Regional Director
Adina’s NASA Title:
Regional Co-Director aka “The Missus”
Tage’s Favorite Food (s):
Mexican/burritos, bacon egg /cheese burritos, anything from Filiberto’s
Adina’s Favorite Food(s): Anything Mexican
Pets:
Husky named Koni (yes, as in Koni shocks)

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The Evanson's!

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Track weekends usually bring us busy schedules and limited free time. However, I had the pleasure of interviewing two of the busiest people I know within NASA-AZ, Tage and Adina Evanson. I was lucky enough to have spent time with them after the January event, learning a bit more about each of their backgrounds and coming to better understand just how instrumental this dynamic duo is in making NASA-AZ a success. In lieu of a new 2011 season, I think it is appropriate to introduce to everyone Tage and Adina for this edition of Who’s Who.

Tage Jae Evanson was Korean born but grew up in Red Bluff, California with his adoptive parents…and also one of the largest two-day rodeos in the world. Yes indeed, a small community of 10,000 people suddenly endured an increase of 10,000 more visitors in one weekend. Little did his family know that he would turn into the need-for-speed racer he is today.

His competitive nature appeared relatively early. In 7th grade Tage began his passion for “going fast” on two wheels with freestyle bikes; catching curbs, rails, and ledges whenever possible. Aspiring to be a professional freestyle rider, he continued riding throughout his years in high school but ended up putting his bikes away once he began a regular 9-5 career. It should be noted, however, that given the right opportunity (a bike within reach) and a few useful elements (a make-shift ramp) Tage has been spotted catching some air in the Paddock!

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At the time when the Honda scene was growing in Arizona, it wasn’t uncommon to find Tage within close proximity. He developed an interest in car shows, specifically lowered Honda’s with loads of street modifications. He always explored things that few people, if anybody, has done before. During the “Spring Splash” car show in Parker, Arizona,Tage took 2nd place with his 92 Accord, the first street Honda to ever have a “functional” airbag suspension.

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For those unfamiliar, airbags (as they are called) are more popular in the trucking scene and often use a remote air compression mechanism. Needless to say, the car had an usual stance at the show, attracting enough attention for the noted prize.

Tage’s love for competition became evident when he discovered drag racing, which naturally led to other venues of car-related fun (including autocross) driving an Acura Integra. It was in these solo events that Tage thrived. While he hated the lack of track time that comes with autocross competition, there was always someone to compete with.autoxmain

Given his broad range of involvement with cars and motorsports, it wasn’t long before he discovered an organization that happened to be running at PIR, and decided to give it a try. Back in 1999, Tage completed his first HPDE1 event (which was then called the “Red Group”).  In fact the Chief Driving Instructor was Gary Felton (currently the NASA-AZ Compliance Director). He quickly moved up the following day into the “Green Group.” Despite his lack of experience on a road course at the time,Tage did amazingly well. However, despite his lap times dropping each session out, he gradually lost interest because there was nothing else to do but go around the track with no formal competition. With only two run groups (aside from making his car prepped for wheel-to-wheel racing), Tage returned to his first interest; autocross.

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If you are interested in reading about Tage’s first HPDE1 event, you can check it out here:
http://www.geocities.com/~turbotage/roadracing/112799/pir_112799.html

He continued his efforts in autocross, holding various positions within the SCCA Solo organization, including Worker Chief, Timing & Scoring, and eventually became the Arizona Solo Director from 2004-2005. Throughout Tage‘s solo career, he drove many… many different cars and met lots of interesting people including a fellow Solo competitor by the name of Jason Boles (more on that below).

Tage has always been competitive as proven at the SCCA Solo Nationals.  He took 5th in a C5 Z06 (owned by Darrell Covert!) out of nearly a 70 car field mostly C5 Corvettes, 2nd place in an Mitsubishi Evolution, and  2nd place in a Zink (formula car).  While he never won a Solo National title, many drivers will agree that trophying at the SCCA Nationals is difficult at best and nearly impossible to win unless you are a master, and have a little luck on your side.  His Solo driving resume doesn’t stop there. In the local Arizona auto-crossing scene Tage is known as what is called a “Car whore” and has seat time in Lotus Elise’s, BMW M3s, Mazda Miata’s, Mustangs, Vipers (one of them was owned by Mark Alger), various Porsche’s, Golf’s, and the list goes on and on.

One of the significant memories for Tage was a trip he and some friends made to Willow Springs. Intending only to run one day, Tage ventured to the track not really expecting much. To his surprise, he had a lot of fun and quickly learned that the following day had a competition planned called a “Time Attack”.  Tage fell in love with this type or racing but unfortunately “Time Attack” (similar to Solo but on a road course) competition was non-existent in AZ.  That was up until about 2006 when Jason Boles (who Tage met through auto-crossing) invited him to run the Time Attack group within NASA as the “Time Attack Director”.  Tage immediately took that opportunity and never looked back.  Fast forward to late 2008 and after some in depth discussions with Jason, Tage and Adina decided to buy the NASA-AZ organization, and formally took over NASA-AZ at the start of 2009.

Since the leadership change, Tage and Adina have worked extremely hard to revive certain aspects of the organization and offer up the best possible experience for all drivers. As with any change involving large numbers of people, leading NASA has had its own difficulties.

“Taking over was a challenge because many people didn’t know who either of us were, especially me.” said Adina. “They thought that we just got to take over and had no idea that it was a business transaction. It is hard enforcing the rules and introducing new rules, but we truly are trying to do things to make the entire experience better for all the drivers. It is completely a family affair now, since this isn’t a 9-5 gig so we have many discussions of it over dinner, late at night, first thing in the morning, etc. On top of that, we’ve had the involvement of many family members who help at the track and watch the kids!”

It is clear that it takes a lot to run NASA, more than a lot of people realize.  After all, most participants simply show up and drive, then go home, all waiting for the next event to happen again. In the mean time, the Evanson family and NASA officials get preparations started when the track goes cold and continue to work many hours along the way to ensure everything comes together as it should. As a participant within NASA, it’s clear to me that they both genuinely care about the drivers, and are endlessly committed to making the events as fun as possible. After all, Tage likes to drive out there too!

adina-megaphone1“Arizona has been through a lot of changes and transformations over the past few years. I aim to make the region a host to a series of great events.” Tage explained. “Not only do I want the best experience for our drivers, but I really do what I can to treat everyone with the same respect and give them the attention that I would want, whether a first time driver or veteran racer.”

NASA-AZ doesn’t do much marketing; in fact, nearly none at all. Attendance, reputation, and perseverance all come from happy drivers spreading the word, and in turn, inviting new and interested drivers to give it try on the race track. Because NASA-AZ embraces ideas and suggestions from its customers, officials stay well-informed and do what they can to make the best decisions possible, making future events even better than before.

As an added bonus, Tage is known to be somewhat addicted to his Crackberry, or Blackberry rather. When sending a message to NASA, this usually means you’ll be given a response rather promptly!  “I’m always answering emails.” Tage explains, “Walking from the car, heading into work, heating up leftovers for dinner, or in the men’s room taking a break, that’s at least a few minutes I can reply to a customer.”

Need I say more? While Tage obviously puts a lot of effort into NASA, he does have a 9-5 job in addition to being the Arizona Regional Director. I think it’s safe to say that this helps illustrate just how busy Tage really is day to day.

We all know Tage because of his white Honda Civic, also known as “Casper”–but don’t let the name deceive you. It’s certainly not ‘the friendly Civic’ in a competitive environment,  and is capable of turning some very mean track times. “A Honda Civic should not be that fast. But it is!” says Tage. “I love that it’s not like every other Z06 or BMW out there.”

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It’s unique edge is what makes this car not only fast, but attention-grabbing. Whether you have been racing for awhile or are new to the scene, you will more than likely notice it. Attention went in Tage’s direction again; this time at NASA National Championships at Mid-Ohio back in 2008 when Casper took flight. The picture below illustrates most of the story!

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On a very rainy day, and shortly after some brake compound and tire changes, Tage quickly headed out for a session that could mean win or loss of a championship title — it was going to be the one dry spell for the day! In brief, he came in rather hot through swift turn, zooming at over 130mph. Trying to slow the car,Tage quickly got on the brakes. Unfortunately, the rear brakes got up to temp faster than the fronts and locked up, causing the car to step out rather rapidly. Reaching a and trap, then passing said sand trap, he found himself speeding over a grassy knoll, sending the car sailing several feet in the air. During his flight, he remembered specifically the warnings given to him from fellow driver Paul Bloomberg; that he should have a cage in his car–not exactly the kind of timing you want when remembering these things.

“I thought to myself… he was right, this is it! I’m gonna die!” Tage explained humorously, leaving it obvious that in retrospect it was a little bit of a crazy moment. Today, the car is equipped with a full cage and the latest safety gear…and surprisingly enough there are a few original body panels left!

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While Tage has a long history with this white Civic, he would love to build a BMW E36 platform. However, he would have to make it equally usual to that of his current car.  As Tage says, “…It would be redunkulous!” But, that’s his style–a car that both follows the rules but absolutely pushes normalcy and the boundaries of aerodynamics.

With what little time Tage and Adina have to spare outside of NASA, the duo does spend time together, playing with the kids and their dog Koni (yes, as in Koni Shocks). Tage is also a renown, or shall I say, infamous chef!

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A winch makes turkey fry'n a cinch!

Meanwhile, Adina stays incredibly busy with her family, especially with her two adorable little girls; Zaylee age 5, and Brynlee aka “B” age 3.

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One moment, Adina has to prepare lunches for the girls. The next, she has to switch gears and come up with a beer selection for the NASA BBQ! While event preparation can be a lot to handle, there is much to enjoy when race weekend begins.

“I love watching the drivers battle it out and watching their season points so closely. It makes all the hours we put in so worthwhile when the guys (and gals) come off track with huge smiles on their faces.” explained Adina. “I also hope that maybe one day we’ll have some more tracks in our area or be able to expand a bit into other States to give the drivers more options.”

Outside of NASA, Adina can be found researching new culinary delights to make in the kitchen, playing Bunco with her “mom” friends, and indulging in a good bike ride or a hike on local trails. For those of you in the technology-loop, Adina can be spotted on Facebook on a semi-regular basis as well.

While Adina may not be a driver, she thoroughly understands what is most important to participants. After all, she has supported Tage’s racing for many years and has come to appreciate the amount of passion and energy that is invested into the sport.

In getting to know the Evanson’s, it becomes very clear that the dynamic this family has is unique. They are truly a special team that make many sacrifices for the benefit of our drivers and who invest as much time as they can into the people who support NASA. The result is a fantastic club that fosters an enjoyable and safe environment for everyone who participates.

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Article written by Geri Amani.

Beverly Heady

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Full Name: Beverly Kay Heady (aka Bev)
Hometown:
Waco, TX
Lived in Arizona:
About 5 ½ years
Favorite Food(s):
Mexican food
Favorite Music:
80’s rock music…actually pretty much anything from the 80’s, country, rock, hip-hop, “I just love music!!”
9-5 Occupation: Lead Documents Specialist in the Market Research Industry
NASA Position/Title:
Registrar

The past editions of Who’s Who had always featured one of our drivers or officials, bringing both familiar and unfamiliar faces to our attention. Most of us dash into the credential office first thing in the morning, collect a yellow envelope, a couple schedule printouts and head directly back to our cars to get started with all busyness that consumes our track weekends.  The person behind the counter who gave you that envelope would most likely be Beverly Heady, registrar extraordinaire, and our spotlight for this edition of Who’s Who.

Beverly Kay Heady, or Bev as her friends call her, has spent roughly 5 1/2 years in Arizona. As a young girl, her father moved the family all around the country as a member of the United States Air Force, which came with the territory of course. From New Mexico, Texas, Washington state, Colorado, Florida, and Missouri – her family continued their travels until her father’s retirement, settling them in Waco, Texas.  For Beverly, Waco is her hometown, as she has spent most of her life there, including her junior high and high school years. As Beverly continued to make strides in her career, she found the opportunity to relocate to Arizona, and has been a resident ever since.

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Proud moments for the Heady's!

Shortly after her move to Phoenix, she was introduced to what was known at the time as “Club Racing AZ” in November of 2005–well before the organization became NASA-AZ. Beverly was invited to come out to the track to help with registrants and the critical logistics that take place away from the racing surface. Turns out that she enjoyed working with the people at the events and has been our Registrar ever since.

Ask any driver which aspects of NASA-AZ they like best, and one of the most common responses is the camaraderie with one another. While Beverly does not drive on the track (yet), she does meet everyone who attends at one point or another, and has made great friendships along the way. “The most exciting thing is seeing the excitement from the 1st timers on Saturday mornings,” Beverly explains. “I still need to build up some courage to get out there and drive one day.” While she admits she wants to do HPDE1 in the future, she wants to make sure she does so with a car suitable for the experience.

Beverly’s schedule typically revolves around the NASA-AZ calendar, as she is very committed to her role within the organization. Her memories of racing stem back from when she was a child. Her family would venture to the track, watching her uncle race mini-indy cars, and occasionally her cousin would run in the powder puff races. “I had a ride-along with one of our members a few years ago. I loved the ride, but it also got me to think about ‘what-ifs’, if I were to actually go out on track to drive,” says Beverly. “I guess that’s the mom in me. Sometimes I over-analyze things and scare myself. Haha!”

In the time she’s been with NASA, Beverly has seen a little bit of everything over the years – but maybe with some persuasion we can see her out there behind the wheel!

Outside of NASA-AZ, Beverly admits she’s an arts and crafts junkie! Anything from beading jewelry, Christmas crafts, and scrap-booking…you name it. “I get grief quite often for the crates of “crap” I have collected over the years!” Beverly explains. For those of you who don’t know much about the creative crafts – Scrap-booking 101 – it actually takes a bit of artistic skill to create something that both looks good and survives the test of time. For many, the crafts and scrap-booking are creative outlets and a great medium that can tell stories through the use of pictures and materials. For the guys out there who thought this was TMI on this topic, I think you’d cherish a scrapbook of all your racing if one was given to you!

Blast from the Past - Beverly and (her now husband) Tony

Blast from the Past - Beverly and (her now husband) Tony

At home Beverly enjoys quality time with her husband Tony, her son Jourdan and daughter Kelci, while her eldest son Kurtis is currently attending college in Texas and lives with her parents as he finishes his degree. Also in the Heady household, there is a dog named Butterball (also known as ‘Butter’) and a cat named Cookie. No doubt these two pets are as cute as their names!

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Beverly with her Son Jourdan

Meeting Beverly, you’ll quickly gather a kind and gentle demeanor, a person who has a lot of patience–all the traits one needs to deal with hundreds of drivers in a given weekend! She follows the same ethics as her parents, holding close the importance of being generous and maintaining one’s kindness despite difficulties that life brings you. In the words of Beverly, and words we should all keep in mind “…be happy for what you have and who you have in your life.”

For the future, Beverly plans to continue her path in her career and provide the quality work she has done for NASA-AZ. As with many of us, she too has an itch to travel outside the US. “I would like to travel some and see a bit more of the world,” she adds. “I visited London when I was younger and my Dad was stationed there. I got to see some of the old castles and the world’s history. I would love to be able to go back now that I am older. I’d probably appreciate it more.”

So while Beverly may book that ticket across The Pond, I’m sure she will be at our future races for seasons to come. In recognition for all her time, effort and care she has given NASA-AZ and it’s participants from behind the counter at ALL of our events, hats-off to Beverly Heady!

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