SCCA Pro Racing’s Kathy Maleck, of Ramsey, Minn., was recently honored by FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting and other FIA officials during the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of The Americas.
Maleck was the Chief of Flagging and Communications for the weekend that ran from Nov. 15-17, 2013. The event marked her 80th Formula 1 race as a volunteer event official, during which time she has worked all of the USGP venues, save Watkins Glen. Maleck has also been a part of the international side of Formula 1, having worked 25 races in Canada, numerous events in England and Australia as well as a handful of races elsewhere in the world, including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Mexico, Italy and the Netherlands.
“Initially, I was drawn to the cars but the people are what has made me stay involved and committed,” Maleck said. “Once you start getting sucked in, working events becomes part of you and being with people you have grown to know and love to work with keeps you coming back.
“The lure of doing events internationally came out of the desire to travel and do more but again, it was the people that pulled me in — even overseas. After many trips to England for events, folks I worked with became a part of my family and the racing was truly secondary But, in the back of my head I always remembered that I represented SCCA and the U.S. workers when we were functioning at the events.”
Currently, Maleck serves as the Operations Coordinator for the Pirelli World Challenge series and as a Field Staff Manager for SCCA Pro Racing.
“Kathy [Maleck], is at the center of making SCCA Pro Racing work,” Tom Campbell, president of SCCA Pro Racing said. “In addition to all of her work and dedication, she sets the standard of professionalism and skill for the entire staff. Her motorsports career provides the foundation for all that she does, but she is probably one of the best kept secrets in the Club. I’m glad that we have this opportunity to share her dedication to excellence with everyone.”
This honor is only the most recent for Maleck who also was given three prestigious SCCA awards, including the Gordon Smiley Award in 1986, the John McGill Award in 1992 and the Woolf Barnato Award in 1995.