Who’s Who in NASA: Josh & Megan Ray

319599_239938459389176_239058452810510_610825_1617453645_n1Full Name: Josh & Megan Ray

Where is your Hometown? Both Born in Mesa, AZ

How long have you lived in AZ? 22/21 years

Favorite Food(s): (Josh) Mac N. Cheese (Megan) BBQ Chicken

Favorite Music: OLDIES

Occupation: (Josh) Job seeking Mechanic (Megan) Holistic Wellness Advisor

NASA Position / Run Group: (Josh) DE4, everything (Megan) DE2, Gate

Many of you already know that Josh and Megan took each other’s hand in marriage at the last NASA-AZ Event at Inde Motorsports Ranch but we thought we should give you the inside guide on them. Megan and Josh are both natives of Arizona born in Mesa. Josh first got involved in NASA when Jeremy Ward invited him out to help out with Tech. After teching cars and watching them on track, Josh got the bug to get out and race. Josh started out with his red 95 Integra, later moving on to a white 94 Integra. Josh met Megan through her sister and once getting to know one another Josh found out that Megan wanted to be an astronaut and go faster than the speed of light. So he invited her to come out to a NASA AZ event to check everything out. Even though it may not be the speed of light, Megan was hooked from the get go and didn’t waste any time to get out on track. Megan started ou314649_10150340000426033_500936032_8297924_716862982_nt driving many different cars on track till she found her all wheel drive love, a 99 Impreza that she plans on upgrading to improve her track experience. Josh’s track car is now Ravi’s past silver 97 Integra, “Josh has a thing for his Integra’s.” Both of them picked vehicles that are easy to modify to help them improve their skills on the asphalt.

Josh and Megan laughed at the thought of any hobbies outside of motorsports…well besides playing with their four legged friends Ivo and Lennie. These two plan on being part of the motorsports community for a long time, with the plans for them both racing side by side with future little racers in karts. For now Josh and Megan will be working their way up the NASA HPDE ranks and running around helping out the NASA crew. So if you see Megan’s smiling face at the gate or Josh running around the pits, take a second to say hi.

Who’s Who in NASA: Leroy Moore

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Full Name:
Leroy Moore
 
Where is your Hometown? Phoenix

Favorite Food: Everything that is bad for me.

Favorite Music: Anything with a good beat that I can understand.

Occupation: Owner of Flatout Motorsports

 NASA Run Group: PTC Race Group

 

          Leroy grew up around fast cars, motorcycles and having a dad that was a big time hot rodder. With all this in his life he couldn’t resist the urge to go fast. He stared out racing motorcycles as a kid and continued to race them into his 30’s. In 1987 Leroy wanted to try his luck at the dirt track so he took out his 1977 Mmotorcycleonte Carlo, which sparked his interest to get into track racing. After running a few dirt track events, Leroy went back to racing bikes where he competed in the Whiplash Off-Road Motorcycle Race in 2001. From 2001-2004 he competed in several flat track racing events as well as motorcycle trial events. In 2005 Leroy opened up Flatout Motorsports after working for a local glass company that did glass work for different BMW dealerships. Working for the glass company is how Leroy met a salesman by the name of Karl Muick, who was in need of having a roll cage installed in his E46. Leroy took the job on and also started attending local track events with Karl. This is where Leroy found more people in need of having work done to their cars, which in turn, how Flatout Motorsports was started. After building up several race cars and working track side support for many satisfied customers, Leroy wanted to get back into the racing game. Leroy picked a BMW E30 to build for his track star. After going through the car and getting it race prepped for PTC Race Group, he debuted the car May of this year at a NASA AZ event with a new mean green paint job. Leroy chooses to run with NASA because of the ability to run with different nationwide NASA Regions and also the chance to compete in NASA Nationals Championship events.

 

           Leroy also has a dedicated pit crew: his loving family. They are his wife of 20 years Shirette, 3 children Andrew-23, Audra-22, Adrian-21, a son-in-law Adam, and a beautiful granddaughter Alexus-11mon. Leroy’s family has been very involved and supportive of his racing. They have attended several events with him, even when he was not racing, they were there as track support for customers. Leroy said, “I could not have done it without them! It has brought me a lot of joy having them by my side.” When Leroy isn’t on track he enjoys spending time with his family or hitting up the slopes for a little snow skiing. So, if you guys see the little mean green E30 in the pits stop by and say “hi” to Leroy and his family at the track or if your ever in Tempe stop by the shop. Flatout Motorsports, 2141 S. Industrial Ave. Ste 102, Tempe, AZ 85282 you can also checkout their website at www.602flatout.com

Photo by Doug Hughes from www.waypast210.com

Article Written by Travis Barnes

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.

Proud moments for the Heady's!

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!

Beverly with her Son Jourdan

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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