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Employment History

M&L and John Cerini Motorsports

Track Announcer

Laguna Seca

Track Announcer

then-Sears Point Raceway

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Her father, Lynn ...

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Her father, Lynn Hemus, was a long-time track announcer at then-Sears Point Raceway and Laguna Seca.That was Michell's introduction to motor sports, and she took it from there.She's been "wrenching on-and-off since I was 18," taking some time off to sell auto parts.She even did some bookkeeping for a spell, but eventually found her way back to her tool of choice, a wrench."I just wasn't happy selling parts or doing bookkeeping," Hemus said."I'm doing my dream job now right now.I consider myself the luckiest woman in the world."But it wasn't always that way for Hemus.She encountered the traditional stereotypes early-on in her career."They didn't quite know what to make of me back then (in the 1980s)," Hemus said."But once I showed them I could do the job they started to trust me and have confidence in me.I think the world today is a different place and you can do anything you want.But back in the day, women were expected to stay at home and be homemakers and things like that.But that wasn't for me.When I broke into the business, it was an oddity, but I gained respect."Hemus has been working at M&L and John Cerini Motorsports, both based at Infineon Raceway, fulltime for four years.The bulk of her duties are overseeing the maintenance on her four race cars, but she still gets behind the wheel when she can."It's an absolute adrenaline rush," she said of driving her dad's Spec-Miata."The concentration you have to have surpasses anything you can think of.It's pretty unreal."Almost as unreal as a young 18-year-old woman blasting around northern California racetracks back in 1981 in an Austin Healy Sprite."Maybe I was ahead of my time a little bit but I loved doing it, and I'll keep doing it," Hemus said.Hemus has seen just about it all in motor sports, and she will continue to do so, until she hangs up her "wrench" for the last time.

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