Kim Fast certainly lived up to her name.
She started her racing career in 1997 and promptly became Rookie of the Year for the Corvette Club of Michigan.
Fast loved autocrossing and high speed events on road courses in the mid-west states, and she attended many events at the National Corvette Museum.
Sadly, her life too soon came to an end when she lost a three-year battle with ALM leukemia in 2010.
Three years later, her parents, Chuck and Sharon Fast of Northville, Michigan, came up with a way to memorialize their daughter.
“We know that Kim would have been at the NCM Motorsports Park for any and every opportunity,” Chuck said. “We can’t think of a better way to honor her memory than by contributing to the project.”
Kim’s parents first purchased five acres in their daughter’s name at the Motorsports Park in 2013 through the museum’s “Buy an Acre Club” fundraiser.
That just wasn’t enough, though, so the family decided to use what would have been Kim’s inheritance to make a sizeable donation that will ensure everyone remembers her whenever they visit the Motorsports Park.
Their donation resulted in naming the entry road as Kimberlee A. Fast Drive and naming the pavilion the Kimberlee A. Fast Pavilion.
“Kim attended most of the events at the NCM, and that’s why we donated the acres in her name, so when the opportunity came up to name the entry road to the track we couldn’t pass it up,” said Chuck. “Then in our conversations with Wendell and Gary the naming of the Pavilion came up and we thought that she would really be proud to have the building named after her.”
Thousands of visitors have already used Kimberlee A. Fast Drive to make their way to the Motorsports Park during its official opening on Aug. 28, and the pavilion is expected to be ready next spring and will include food services, open-air picnic seating, restrooms, and showers.
“Chuck and Sharon used what would have been Kimberlee’s inheritance to recognize her love for Corvette and the Corvette Museum,” said Gary Cockriel, Development Officer for the Museum. “It really is a unique way to remember her and all the memories she made with her family enjoying the Corvette hobby. Kim’s legacy will continue on at the Motorsports Park.”
Kim definitely would have made good use of the Motorsports Park. She was always ranked in the top five for her Corvette club in racing and in the top 10 for the Michigan Region of National Council of Corvette Clubs.
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