Motorsports Spotlight

Marlou Ricken | L.S. Starrett Co. Laser Operator

Ricken has been an integral part of the L.S. Starrett Company in Athol, Massachusetts for the past 19 years. Starrett has been a leader in the development and manufacturing of fine precision tools in the industry for over 130 years and has rightfully earned the title, ‘World’s Greatest Toolmakers’.

As a Laser Operator, Ricken is responsible for engraving the inside and outside of the adjusting shells for the micrometers. Ricken commented that her favorite aspect of her job is “Coming to work every day and taking pride in what I do. I love laser engraving and love to come to work every day.”

It’s this type of pride and workmanship that has made Starrett into the premier partner of Roush Yates Engines. Over the past 13 years, Starrett has been a long standing supplier to Roush Yates Engines, providing premium measuring tools including micrometers, calipers, tapes, levels, electronic gages, dial indicators, gage blocks and granite surface plates and custom engineered products. When every centimeter could mean the difference between winning on Sunday or going home earlier you want right tools for the job.

Although Ricken loves her job, her passion has always been racing. “Racing is in my blood and always has been,” commented Ricken. She grew up around standard bred horse racing with her dad and watching her brother and nephew drive race cars in Beech Ridge, MA, so becoming a NASCAR fan was inevitable.

She has several favorite NASCAR drivers; Trevor Bayne from Roush Fenway Racing, Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer from Stewart-Haas Racing and Joey Logano from Team Penske.

Ricken commented “I love watching racing on the weekends with my two sons and four grandsons and passing down my passion for the sport.”

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Upcoming Race Schedule

Date Race Location
Apr, 29th Toyotacare 250 Richmond International Raceway
Apr, 30th Toyota Owners 400 Richmond International Raceway
May, 5th Continental Tire Challenge Circuit of the Americas
May, 6th Lone Star Le Mans Circuit of the Americas
May, 6th WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Circuit De Spa Francorchamps, Belgium