PWCOFFSHORE's question: So how did you connect with the PWCOFFSHORE.COM Racing Pit Crew?
I WAS INVITED TO JOIN PWCOFFSHORE.COM BY AARON CRESS, AT FIRST I THOUGHT HE WAS KIDDING OR THAT THEY NEEDED ME FOR SCORE KEEPING OR SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF WHAT MOST WOULD CONSIDER A GOOD FEMALE JOB. AARON ASSURED ME THEY JUST REALLY NEEDED SOMEONE WHO COULD
PWCOFFSHORE: What if any challenges did you experience as a member of the Pit Crew?
THE FIRST YEAR WAS A BIT NERVE WRACKING, I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE FOR THE TEAM AND STEP UP TO THE PLATE OF WHAT WAS EXPECTED. I MUST HAVE BECAUSE THE MARK HAHN 2015 WILL BE MY 3RD HAHN. I WANTED TO BE CONSIDERED A PART OF THE TEAM SO I REALLY WANTED TO MAKE SURE I WAS PULLING MY WEIGHT AND GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR THE TEAM. EVERYONE WAS SUPER SUPPORTIVE OF MY PRESENCE. BUT A MAIN CHALLENGE I HAD TO MANEUVER THE FIRST YEAR WAS GETTING "THE GUYS" TO BELIEVE I REALLY KNEW WHAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT, WHETHER IT WAS WHAT TOOL WAS NEEDED, WHERE SOMEONE SHOULD BE AT THE TIME OF THE PIT INSTEAD OF SOMEWHERE ELSE, OR JUST TRYING SOMETHING I HAD SUGGESTED.
PWCOFFSHORE: You are the first known female member of a professional PWC Pit Crew Team and PWCOFFSHORE.COM’s Pit Crew, how did it happen and how was the transition into the team?
I WAS SHOCKED TO LEARN I WAS THE FIRST FEMALE IN AN OFFICIAL PIT CREW. WOMEN ARE DETERMINED, FOCUSED AND ORGANIZED, NOT THAT MEN AREN'T BUT I WOULD THINK MORE TEAMS WOULD HAVE UTILIZED A WOMAN'S RESOURCES ON TEAMS LIKE THIS. I WAS FORTUNATE AND FEEL PRIVILEGE TO BE INVITED TO JOIN PWCOFFSHORE.COM TEAM, IT IS SOMETHING I LOOK FORWARD TO ALL YEAR TO BE APART OF THESE OFFSHORE AND ENDURANCE RACES. I HAVE AARON CRESS TO THANK FOR SUGGESTING ME TO THE TEAM AND MAKING IT ALL HAPPEN.
PWCOFFSHORE: What role do you play within the Pit Crew and how do you train?
MY JOB ON THE PIT CREW IS DIVERSE, MY PRIMARY ROLES ARE TO SET UP OUR PIT AND RUNWAY, ALSO TO SUPPORT OUR MAIN FUELER AND SECONDARY FUELER, I UN CAP THEIR QUICK FILL SYSTEM FUEL JUGS AND TAKE OVER OUR PRIMARY FUELERS QUICK FILL SO HE CAN RETURN TO THE REAR OF THE BOAT FOR THE PROCEDURE OF RETURNING OUR BOAT AND RACER TO THE WATER. WHILE TAKING OVER PRIMARY FUEL JUG I ALSO SPOT FOR OUR SECONDARY FUELER,
5. What do you see in your future with Pit Crewing and PWCOFFSHORE?
I CONSIDER PWCOFFSHORE.COM A FAMILY - FOR YEARS TO COME WE WILL BE SUPPORTING EACH OTHER AND CONTINUING THE TRADITION OF PWC ENDURANCE RACING TOGETHER. EVERY YEAR OUR TEAM LOOKS FORWARD TO THE HAHN AND EVERY OFFSHORE RACE FOR YEAR. IN 2015, I WAS INVITED TO HELP KEEP TIMES ON THE SCORE BOAT FOR THE DANA POINT TO OCEANSIDE RACE, I HOPE TO DO MORE OF THAT, AS WELL AS THE HAHN.
6. Are you and the PWCOFFSHORE Pit Crew ready for the Hahn?
WE ARE READY, WE ARE PREPARED. WE TAKE NUMEROUS STEPS TO BE AT THE TOP OF OUR GAME AND OUR FOCUS TO BE MUTUAL AND SET IN STONE.
7. You have quite a history with racing and race related vehicles, how did you get so involved in racing and so knowledgeable on the technical component of race vehicles? GROWING UP MY FATHER WAS VERY INVOLVED IN THE CAR INDUSTRY. THAT BROUGHT MANY RACES INTO OUR LIVES. HE IS ALSO AN AVID OFF ROAD MOTORCYCLE RIDER, MY DAD HAVING BEEN BLESSED WITH TWO DAUGHTERS, WANTED TO SHARE HIS PASSION SO HE GOT ME INVOLVED. WHEN STEPHEN AND I MET IN 2010, OF COURSE HES A MOTORCYCLE MECHANIC, IT ALL CAME TOGETHER FROM THERE. I WAS SOON WRENCHING ON BIKES AND RUNNING THE PAPERWORK END OF HIS BUSINESS AND THAT IS HOW I CAME TO MEET AARON. BEING A WOMAN IN A MANS BUSINESS YOU EITHER STARE BLANKLY DURING CONVERSATIONS OR YOU BECOME INVOLVED AND GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY. THE MECHANICS OF MOTORCYCLES,ATVS AND PWCS FASCINATES ME, SO I FORCED THE BOYS TO TEACH ME AND INVOLVE ME IN THE INDUSTRY.
Mark sure to come out and watch Lauren execute in the Pits at the 2015 Mark Hahn Race in Lake Havasu City, Arizona on February 28! See you there!