F&C Newsletter – Easter 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

March XX, 2013

So the 2013 Race Season is barreling forward. The 24 Hours of Daytona, The 12-Hours of Sebring, St. Pete’s (which many of your fellow flaggers helped staff…stay tuned for pictures) and our local March Memories have come and gone. Time to start (finish?) planning for the upcoming Double National at our own VIR.

BFGoodrich Tires VIR Super Tour: Oak Tree Double National

April 19th – April 21st

Unlike most of our events held on Saturdays and Sundays, this time there’s an extra day to come out and play (and receive a $35 punch). Be part of the Friday crew. Plan this now as for most of you this will include taking time off from the job that pays the bills. The linked schedule below will aid you in making your plans.

Event Schedule

As part of our Easter special we’re hiding the flag meeting.  No, not really.  But we are expecting a large turn-out of cars for this event so we have moved the flag meeting to the south paddock.  This will ease congestion for everyone.  If you’re staying at worker camping them you’ll really have it made.  Just make sure you cinch up your robe before you wander over to the flag meeting.

All 3 days the flag meeting will be at 7:15 followed by a full day of exciting national class racing.  We’re expecting large fields so sign up now and be there !

If you stay logged in to MotorsportReg you ought to be able to click this link and see the driver and worker registration list.

New Registration Location

Here is a PDF map showing the location of our new registration site.

Registration will be open:
Thursday 5pm – 9pm
Friday 7am – Noon
Saturday 7am – Noon
Sunday 7am – 11am

You have to have SCCA credentials to participate.  If you arrive before registration opens, you can enter VIR for free if your name is on the gate list.  Then you can get your credentials when registration opens.

Get your name on the list by signing up on line 🙂

If you have any questions, contact your favorite flag chief by emailing – 
NCR Flag Chiefs Association flagchief@ncrscca.com

Stewards Corner

Want to push someone’s button?

VIR has made it clear, this year we have to make the drivers stay on the track. They don’t want driver’s short-cutting turns and they’re pretty emphatic about it. In fact our Board of Directors agreed to put the kibosh on short-cutting any turn. My notes from our meeting back in December were clear, any driver who even puts 2-wheels off at turns 6 or 8 will ‘Meet the Stewards’ for remedial driving instruction. A second offense and you can watch them load-up and head-out for their next event.

We still want you to hold your call if a car slides off or spins off and continues without contacting another car, the barriers, or otherwise causing trouble.  We still need to keep the net clear for emergencies.

Call all the controlled offs guys and gals! No hesitation, no second thought or “next time”. We’ve changed the mindset of our Stewards and they’ll enforce the instructions from VIR Track Management!  So push that button and make that call.  Easy as…  “Control station six no-flag (wait for Control to answer) Car five-five short-cut turn driver’s left.”

Push the button and make the calls. Keep those drivers on course…

Steve Keadle, Steward
NCR SCCA

 

NCR SCCA 2013 Race Schedule

Mark Your Calendar!

Oak Tree Double National – April 19-21

Double SARRC/MARRS – May 11-12

Goblins Go – October 19-20

Charge of the Headlight Brigade – October 25-26

Sincerely,

Your Favorite Flag Chiefs

Report on the SCCA National Convention

by John Lindquist, Assistant Regional Executive

I will surely leave something out, but not on purpose. My first SCCA National Convention and it was worth the trip! You see I am not a gambler so the trip was for the Convention. I did, however, lose $4 showing my wife, Annie, how the slot machines worked. There you have it, bet $4 and lost $4, just what I expected!

Now to the reason for the trip… It seems like it was well attended by folks from all over the country, lots of RE’s and specialty chiefs. One of the first things Jerry Pell and myself did notice, was that the majority of the folks attending were…well, we will just say past mid-life. This was somewhat understandable since travel, work and the like would keep several non-retired folks away.

The opening statement was “It’s a new day in SCCA”. Jeff Dahnert, President and CEO of SCCA, Inc., and the SCCA Board of Directors want everyone to know that we as a Club must change to accommodate our members. A study was done by an outside firm and they came back and told SCCA that we are not retaining new members. For every 10 new members, 9 leave. The reasons vary, but not being friendly and not having the product they want is a big part of the issues. The national staff and the Board of Directors seem to be very willing and on-board with looking into what needs to be done and making an effort to enabling change. Here is the catch: you knew there would be one, we the members, must be willing to embrace the needed changes and be part of the evaluation of growing the club. Membership is at 40,000.

So again the number one issue for SCCA is we are not as FRIENDLY as we need to be to retain new members, so we are losing out. This issue kept coming up all weekend.

All club specialties meeting, by Terry Ozment, VP of Club Racing: Terry is sharp! Lots of items discussed, but it seems the web site and how it is cluttered was a major topic. There is an Apple App being tested right now, coming your way. Lots of discussion about how and who gets what kind of worker license. Yes, there were some heated up folks at this meeting. It was noted that there was a need for more Race Chairs in every Region. There was talk about on-line training for workers to help with their upgrading. Terry did state that, if you need money for training let her know and National may be able to help…for example with fire training, cool! More talk of a specialty newsletter being sent out.

There was a lot of discussion about time trials, PDXs and that we are not the leading club in this area. SCCA is still the premier amateur auto racing club in the world and no effort is being made whatsoever to change that! But, we are not building numbers in Club Racing and everyone thinks that should be coming from Time Trials and PDX. However, it is our Time Trials and PDX programs that are not working. Well, not hard to figure this one out! So there was lots of talk about how to get this back on track and the items that are needed to do so. In some locations, the track is the problem. Good instructors with good programs and personnel to man the corners are needed.

Pro Racing and SCCA Enterprises: I did not know this, but they pay their own way, go figure. There was a lot of talk about the GEN3 SRF, new engine, etc. rolling out in 2014.

Global Rally Cross will be a Pro series conducted by SCCA, not associated with Regional events.

Some ideas for better service: put Tech at Registration. You know, the driver just needs to have his book signed, verify helmet, provide coffee and donuts if lines are long. For workers: ride in the pace car and see what the drivers are seeing, same with the Start stand. Lots of emphasis on “the driver pays the bills”. We all know that without workers, we are not a whole Club, but the money has to come from somewhere, lose the drivers and …point taken.

Lots of conversations about the Majors, at some point there will be just Majors, coming soon. Some Regions will lose their National races. The number of Majors per year will become limited. I think VIR will be safe, but then again I thought my $4.oo bet would make millions!

OK, the Chump Car/Lemons deal. Yes, SCCA is looking at what it would take to bring that group into the fold. SCCA and everyone involved agree that a Chump Car or Lemon is not the same as WORLD CLASS SCCA CLUB RACING. But, what everyone agrees on is that, if we don’t find a way to bring these racing drivers – yes, in their own right they ARE racing drivers – into the SCCA we will keep getting smaller and smaller. What if a Chump driver attended an SCCA event and then decided that moving up to Club racing was next in line for him? Hey what an idea!! And I like the idea that if the Chump driver needed to run into some one that they did it in the Chump series and not in the club series.

So, don’t get excited, they will NOT mix Chump or Lemons on the track at the same time as SCCA Club racing. May not ever happen, but then again someone probably won some money at Vegas! 

THANKS for the opportunity to represent NCR-SCCA! We are a good Region, have good members and conduct good events.

 

F&C Newsletter – March Memories 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

March 4, 2013

It is race week and we need more flaggers!  27 people have signed up but that is not enough.  If you are able to come, sign up now!

March Memories page on NCR Site.

If you stay logged in to MotorsportReg you ought to be able to click this link and see the driver and worker registration list.

We look forward to seeing you at the 7:30am Flag Meeting at the North Flag Shack, here is a VIR Worker Map if you forgot where to go.  Go ahead and print it since is shows all the good parking places for the stations.

 

 

Volunteers who register online will receive one of these newly created NCR Hoodies!  Everyone else has to pay $15, which is still a good deal since they cost $24.99.  Why not sell them for $50 you may ask?  Because the Region is made of members and these hoodies benefit both.  Kind of like being a member of Congress and deciding your own raises and benefits 😀

New Registration Location

Here is a PDF map showing the location of our new registration site.

Registration will be open:
Friday 5pm – 9pm
Saturday 7am – 11am
Sunday 7am – 11am

You have to have SCCA credentials to participate.  If you arrive before registration opens, you can enter VIR for free if your name is on the gate list.  Then you can get your credentials when registration opens.

Get your name on the list by signing up on line 🙂

If you have any questions, contact your favorite flag chief by emailing – 
NCR Flag Chiefs Association <flagchief@ncrscca.com>

Stewards Corner

Want to push someone’s button?

VIR has made it clear, this year we have to make the drivers stay on the track. They don’t want drivers short-cutting turns and they’re pretty emphatic about it. In fact our Board of Directors agreed to put the kibosh on short-cutting any turn. My notes from our meeting back in December were clear, any driver who even puts 2-wheels off at turns 6 or 8 will ‘Meet the Stewards’ for remedial driving instruction. A second offense and you can watch them load-up and head-out for their next event.

We still want you to hold your call if a car slides off or spins off and continues without contacting another car, the barriers, or otherwise causing trouble.  We still need to keep the net clear for emergencies.

Call all the controlled offs guys and gals! No hesitation no second thought or “next time”. We’ve changed the mindset of our Stewards and they’ll enforce the instructions from VIR Track Management!  So push that button and make that call.  Easy as…  “Control station six no-flag (wait for Control to answer) Car five-five short-cut turn driver’s left.”

Push the button and make the calls. Keep those drivers on course…

Steve Keadle, Steward
NCR SCCA

NCR SCCA 2013 Race Schedule

Mark Your Calendar!

March Memories – March 9-10

Oak Tree Double National – April 19-21

Double SARRC/MARRS – May 11-12

Goblins Go – October 19-20

Charge of the Headlight Brigade – October 25-26

 

Sincerely,

Your Favorite Flag Chiefs

F&C Newsletter – March 3, 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

March something, 2013

It’s 2013 and it’s time to go racing.

Get those whites washed up and come on out to the track for March Memories.  March 9th & 10th are right around the corner.  If you’re worried about the weather, just check the forecast  – Sunny and 62 for next weekend.  Great weather and the usual NCR hospitality. Tthere is no reason not to come out to the track.

If you need more incentive, the Worker Credits have been increased to $35 per day!  Plus a great worker perk.  And don’t forget the food and the Saturday night social.

Registration is now held at the Raceplex just outside the main gate.  This should help with the registration process. It’ll be in the old Synergy building in the Raceplex before the main gate.  No more having to park on the skidpad and walk to the North Tower to get a Paddock Parking Pass. Please help us get the word around.

Pop over to MotorosportReg.com to register and then start looking for all of your tools of the trade that have somehow found their way out of your track bag.

This year’s March Memories race is shorter than most of our weekends since Sunday is the first day of Daylight Saving Time.  Spring FORWARD! Save an hour and leave with some extra daylight.

Make sure you check the schedule and the supps because you want to be in the know.

The Tarheel Cup Pro Series will include us in their new program matching drivers and workers. If your driver wins, you win…something.

Register on MotorsportReg.com, and join the fun.

No really…DO IT!

It’s a perfect warm up for- and layover on your way to Sebring.

***Don’t forget to check the expiration date on your sunblock***

NCR SCCA 2013 Race Schedule

Mark Your Calendar!

March Memories – March 9-10

Oak Tree Double National – April 19-21

Double SARRC/MARRS – May 11-12

Goblins Go – October 19-20

Charge of the Headlight Brigade – October 25-26

Sincerely,

Your Favorite Flag Chiefs