LEXINGTON, OHIO (September 24, 2004) - Sports Car Club of America Inc. announced Thursday the Yokohama Tire SCCA Club Racing Worker of the Year winners. Awarded at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs® presented by Kohler, all 13 Workers of the Year were presented a set of Yokohama tires, while Bill Pichardo won a trip to the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans, in France, as Yokohama's guest.
Selected by their peers, the Yokohama Tire Worker of the Year program annually recognizes the outstanding efforts of individuals in 13 separate race worker specialties, including: Course Marshall, Emergency Services, Flagging & Communications, Grid, Paddock, Pit, Race Chair, Radio Tech, Registration, Scrutineer, Sound, Starter and Timing & Scoring.
Winning Yokohama Tire Worker of the Year honors in 2004 were Steve Dielman, Dan Kember, Mike Short, Ceci Smith, Marie Kirby, Bill Stewart, Marina Kraft, Ellen Davis, Bobbe Orr, Pichardo and Debbie Sherman.
Dielman, of the San Francisco Region, was named Yokohama Tire Course Marshal Worker of the Year in recognition for his innovative safety methods and management skills.
Kember and Short, of the San Francisco Region, were named Yokohama Tire Emergency Services Workers of the Year for their changes and improvement in safety and support.
Smith, of the California Sports Car Club Region, was named Yokohama Tire Flagging and Communications Worker of the Year in recognition of her organization and leadership.
Kirby, of the Oregon Region, was named Yokohama Tire Grid Worker of the Year for her teamwork and enthusiasm.
Stewart, of the Misery Bay Region, was named Yokohama Tire Pit Marshall of the Year in recognition of his dedication and expertise.
Kraft, of the Des Moines Valley Region, was named Yokohama Tire Race Chair Worker of the Year for her effectiveness and hard work.
Davis, of the Washington DC Region, was named Yokohama Tire Registration Worker of the Year for her attention to detail and positive approach.
Orr, of the Western Michigan Region, was named Yokohama Tire Starter Worker of the Year in recognition of her consistency and skill.
Pichardo, of the Colorado Region, was named Yokohama Scrutineering Worker of the Year for his proactive and innovative leadership.
Sherman, of the New York Region, was named Yokohama Tire Timing and Scoring Worker of the Year in recognition of his dedication and enthusiasm.
Selected via random draw, Pichardo was also awarded the trip to the 2005 24 Hours of Le Mans. Along with a guest, he will travel to France in June as Yokohama's guest to the premier European sportscar race.
For more information of the Sports Car Club of America, Inc., visit www.scca.com. For additional information about Yokohama Tire Corporation, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
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