Owner Bio: Amy Richcreek
Anyone who has been to Norwalk for the Ames Performance Pontiac Nationals has no doubt seen "J.J.'s Siberian Tiger," the beautiful white '65 GTO owned by Tom and Amy Richcreek. In addition to being a tough competitor, Amy is also known around Norwalk for her special chocolate chip cookies, which she graciously brought to the Shootout as well.
Amy, who up until recently was a registered nurse, has been racing for four years. She goes on to say that Tom built his GTO in memory of his dad; his dad taught him everything he knows about wrenching and passed on at the too-young age of 46. Amy is certainly a trooper, having endured a number of physical ailments recently, including the installation of a pacemaker. She even postponed gall bladder surgery to attend the shootout--talk about dedication! She adds that, "If you're not living your passions, you aren't living. I race despite asthma, a pacemaker, and a heart that beats way too fast for its own good. I may not be able to control what happens to me, but I can certainly make choices about how I will handle it. I am learning to take things at a different pace and work with things on a different level. As long as I remain positive, this thing can never beat me." Those are hard-earned words of wisdom...
Owner Bio: Vanessa Heckaman
With two seasons of racing under her belt, Vanessa is quickly honing her skills as a driver and also isn't afraid to get her hands dirty. She was with her boyfriend Uzoma "Zoomer" Iwuagwu of ZZPerformance running a very strong '99 Grand Prix GT with a special ZZP 3800 stroker motor.
"My boyfriend wanted to build a naturally aspirated car, so I was a good candidate to race it," Vanessa explained. "I wanted to be involved in racing, but I didn't want my car to be too fast and out of control. I must say, though, that I like getting faster every time I race." Her car is getting faster and is currently the quickest and fastest normally aspirated Grand Prix GT in the country. She said that her favorite moment in this car was when she was at an event and she raced what was the fastest GT in the country at the time and she beat it. That's the spirit!