New Start Stand at VIR

The old Start stand, which had stood in front of the Control Tower on the front straight since VIR reopened in 2000, is no more. It was torn down on November 6th and the trees at Pit Out are gone as well. This was done to make room for a widening of pit road. The new Start stand, whose design has just been finalized (click on photo), will be built in the vicinity of Pit Out. The trees were removed to give the Starter a clear view of the front straight, to give drivers a clear view of Turn One as they come down the front straight and a clearer view as they enter the track from Pit Out, as well as remove any solid objects from the edge of the track in a very high-speed area. The new Start stand will be more like a Start “bridge”, as they have at Road America. Much like a diving board design, it will still allow Starters to see everything they could from the old location, as well as have the added benefit of being able to see and control traffic leaving pit road. The new location of the Start stand will make it possible for spectators to view the start, but particularly the finish of races, from the Pagoda’s upper deck and surrounding areas, therefore, enhancing the spectator’s experience of attending races at VIR.

Another much needed change (below), is some added apex curbing at the “kink” on the front straight. And…look at that view of Turn One from there!

To register, http://ncrscca.motorsportreg.com gets you straight to our events. Drivers and Volunteers register through the same event.

Click Register, Continue, Continue, Check the Box for SELECT REGISTRATION TYPE, Check VOLUNTEER REGISTRATIONS.

Email flagchief@ncrscca.com if you need more information.

If you need help with getting an affordable room contact Sara Snider by today Monday 10/14. FYI, the 13 hour weekend is up against the Martinsville NASCAR race this year.

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F&C Newsletter – October 14th, 2013

HEEEEEEEEELP!

We have half of the flaggers needed to run the last two races of the season. Go to NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com to register NOW! …if you haven’t already.

To register, http://ncrscca.motorsportreg.com gets you straight to our events. Drivers and Volunteers register through the same event.

Click Register, Continue, Continue, Check the Box for SELECT REGISTRATION TYPE, Check VOLUNTEER REGISTRATIONS.

Email flagchief@ncrscca.com if you need more information.

If you need help with getting an affordable room contact Sara Snider by today Monday 10/14. FYI, the 13 hour weekend is up against the Martinsville NASCAR race this year.

 

Goblins Go – October 19-20, 2013

The flag meeting is @ 7:45 on both Saturday and Sunday with a Green Course at8:30. The flag meeting is held at the North Flag Shack building in the paddock up near the grid. Lunch will be provided each day and there will be a social Saturdayevening after the racing.

The following flaggers have signed up:

Mark Biamonte
Todd Cohen
Jan Coleman-Mitchell
Lynn Combs
Eric Danielsen
Dian Dingle
Earnie Dingle
Don Drennon
Brian Eldredge
Michael Hastings
Alan Martin
Kirby Murray
DeWitt Payne
Chris Robbins
Chuck Stanley
Douglas Thompson
David Turner
Michael Wahl

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

 

13-Hour – October 25-26, 2013

On Friday the flag meeting is at 4:30 at the North Flag Shack, with a green course at 5:30. There will be a 1 hour qualifying session followed by a 1 hour night practice. There will be a social Friday night after practice. Worth 1 Worker Credit Punch.

On Saturday there is a pre-race breakfast from 6:30 to 7:45 at the Pagoda. The flag meeting is at 8:15 at the North Flag Shack. Lunch and Dinner will be provided on Saturday. Worth 2 Worker Credit Punches.

The following flaggers have signed up:

John Bodnar
Steve Bridges
Heather Clark
Todd Cohen
Jan Coleman-Mitchell
Eric Danielsen
Casey DeSteunder
Don Drennon
Brian Eldredge
Pablo Escalera
Bill Forman
Rachel Forman
Thomas Guest Jr.
Collin Johnson
John Lakatos
Alan Martin
Leigh McBride
Mack McCormack
Morgan Mehler
Kirby Murray
Laurence Polley
Kyle Ray-Smith
Glenn Smith
Lance Snyder
Timothy Stoll
Eric Thomas
Douglas Thompson
David Turner
Ben Tyler
Michael Wahl
Jim Wheeler
Elizabeth Winiarz

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

Mark is the flag chief for the Goblins Go and Eric is the flag chief for the 13 Hour. If you have any questions or comments you can contact us at flagchief@ncrscca.com

Other News…

Nominations are being accepted for 2 members-at-large, secretary and RE. Nominations are due by the Board of Director’s meeting November 20th 2013.

Annual banquet tentative January 11th 2014, Raleigh NC, Cafe Luna.

Flagging & Fire School February 2014

NCR Flag Chief du jour

North Carolina Region SCCA

F&C Newsletter – October 9, 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA

October 9th, 2013

The fall series for races are just around the corner. Plan on coming to VIR for two great weekends of racing. We start in less than two weeks with the Goblins Go SARRC/Double ECR/Tar Heel Cup races on Oct 19th and 20th. Then the following weekend we have the Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13 hour race Oct 25th and 26th.

We desperately need volunteers for both events, especially in F&C. If you have already registered, thank you! If not, please think about joining us. If you have friends who might be interested in experiencing the racing excitement, encourage them to come along.

Also, as a reminder, we have the NCR Volunteer Incentive Program where we will reimburse workers for up to $35 dollars in expenses per day.

Finally if you need help with getting an affordable room, contact Sara Snider by Monday 10/14. FYI, the 13 hour weekend is up against the Martinsville NASCAR race this year.

Please Go to NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com to register.

Goblins Go

October 19-20, 2013

The flag meeting is @ 7:45 on both Saturday and Sunday with a Green Course at 8:30. The flag meeting is held at the flag shack building in the paddock up near the grid. Lunch will be provided each day and there will be a social Saturday evening after the racing.

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

13-Hour

October 25-26, 2013

The flag meeting on Friday is at 4:30 pm with a green course at 5:30. There will be a 1 hour qualifying session follow by a 1 hour night practice. There will be a social Friday night following the racing.

On Saturday, there is a pre-race breakfast from 6:30 to 7:45. The flag meeting on Saturday is at 8:15 am. Lunch and Dinner will be provided on Saturday.

Eric will send an update on other activities planned for this weekend.

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

Mark is the flag chief for the Goblins Go and Eric is the flag chief for the 13 Hour. If you have any questions or comments you can contact us at flagchief@ncrscca.com

NCR Flag Chief du jour
North Carolina Region SCCA

F&C Newsletter – September 22, 2013

Today is the first day of autumn in the northern hemisphere.  Autumn is the second racing season in the North Carolina Region.  With the passage of time we look forward to new experiences and reflect on past memories.  As this year begins to wane, we look forward to exciting races and events such as the NCR picnic, Goblins Go and the 13-Hour.  We should also remember some friends who have recently passed away, Phil Hennrich and Paul Eckstein.

 

Phillip L. Hennrich, 1949 – 2013

The North Carolina Region has lost one of its great souls. On August 20th of this year, Phil Hennrich passed away from natural causes. Near the end, he was not able to recognize his oldest friends, but we all remember him. It’s truly amazing how many people with a long history in this Region have said to me, when I would ask how they got started in the Club, “Phil Hennrich was the first member of NCR I ever met,” and following that they’d have a story about a race at Rockingham or a solo in the Raleigh area. From his earliest days, and he joined in April of 1974, Phil volunteered his time to make this Club a success. He was an active driver, the Region’s Treasurer for many years before computerization and afterward, the radio guy, and basically the go-to guy. He worked tirelessly at VIR when the Region presented that facility with its gazebo corner stations in 2002, helping to transport them and set them up and practically single-handedly built the South Course Start stand. Always ready to pitch in and help, that was Phil. We gave him a Lifetime Service award in 2005, but it wasn’t enough. We’ll miss you, Phil.

~James Shanks

 

Paul A. Eckstein, Jr., 1941 – 2013 

Another friend passes on: Notice in the Washington Post on the passing of Paul Eckstein, Jr. (71). Paul was a long time Washington DC Region Flagger and a rally enthusiast. Paul apparently suffered a heart failure and passed away on 02 September.
~Wayne Armbrust

Paul really enjoyed working NCR/VIR events. He came when he could but taking care of his mother prevented him from enjoying flagging the past few years.

Paul was a great ralliest and was rally partner with Blue Ridge Region member Earl Hudson, they traveled to many states to participate (very well), in every level of rallying.
~Mo Overstreet

 

 

NCR Picnic

September 28th, 2013 

Come on out to the NCR Picnic this Saturday at North East Park, 4010 High Rock Road, Gibsonville.  This is a large park with several features that should be of interest to all ages of your family. A new train has just been installed, a Carousel, miniature Golf, and ball fields of many types.

The NC Region will provide hot dogs and hamburgers and soft drinks. To fill out the food and make the event a True NCR event, please bring a bowl of your favorite picnic fare.

We’ll get started about 9am and have the park until 8pm.  Anyone who would like to help out, please contact Buddy Matthews at 336-312-8858 or 336-617-8138 or redstarracing@triad.rr.com

More information
Register by 5pm Monday the 23rd

 

Goblins Go

October 19-20, 2013 

Let’s get back to VIR for some autumn racing!  This weekend features the Production Car Festival, 2014 SARRC Sprint Races, Double ECR and a Tarheel Cup Pro Series Race.

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

 

13-Hour

October 25-26, 2013 

You don’t have to wait much longer, the 13-Hour is almost here!  This is the best club race of the year.  Racers of all sorts come together and race for the FUN OF IT!

Sign up now on NCRSCCA.MotorsportReg.com

NCR Flag Chief du jour
North Carolina Region SCCA

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

Thanks!

I just wanted to thank everyone who came out for the Double Double this past weekend. The weather held out and thanks to you we had a fantastic weekend. Great weather – great racing – and great people. Thanks again for helping make it a very successful weekend.

Before you know it.

You may think October is a long time away but it will be here before you know it. Mark your calendar now to for a reminder. Goblins Go – October 19 & 20, 13 Hour Charge of The Headlight Brigade October 25 & 26.

In the meantime, be sure to visit the neighboring tracks and events around the area.

Carolina Motorsports Park
Double SARRC/Double CCPS
May 25 & 26

Summit Point
MARRS 5
June 8 & 9

Robbinsville, NC
Chasing the Dragon 4
June 22 & 23

Roebling Road
Double SARRC/Double ECR
June 29 & 23

NCR Flag Chief du jour
North Carolina Region SCCA

 

Article about Eric Danielsen in “Play by Play” Magazine

Walker Nelms has written an article about Eric Danielsen, one of NCR’s Flag Chiefs, for Play-By-Play Magazine, a free Roanoke sports magazine that is widely distributed in that area (Kroger, CVS, YMCA etc.)

Walker is hopeful that it will create some interest in the Roanoke area and maybe help to pick up some new flaggers for NCR!  You can view it online at playbyplayonline.net   The article is on page 7.

Thanks Walker!

F&C Newsletter – April 28, 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

April 28, 2013

We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who came out for the Oak Tree Double National. We had a couple of long days, but they were filled with some great racing. Except for a little bit of weather on Friday afternoon, it was a fantastic weekend. Thank you all for coming out to join us and help make it a great weekend.

I’d like to thank our Race Chair, Sara Snider, for hijacking the shrimp boat on her way to the track. Yet another tasty treat!

Now, on to the next race! Quickly approaching is the SARRC/MARRS Challenge, May 11 & 12 at VIR. This is a Double Regional with 2 Regions, so I guess that makes it a quadruple. That’s a lot of racing to pack into two days and you don’t want to miss it. If you have any turn requests, just add them to the remarks when you register.

As usual, on line registration is through MotorsportReg. We’ll have the usual accouterments – continental breakfast ( coffee, hot chocolate, sweet rolls, fruit, and such ) on both days, lunch on both days, including the hot lunch buffet on Sunday, and the Saturday night social.

If you plan to camp in Worker Camping, select that option on the pre-registration form, as camping passes and electrical hookup bands are limited.

We’re making plans to work some out-of-Region events too. If you are interested in going, let us know. First of all is the Memorial Day race at CMP. Check the CCR web site for details. CCRSCCA.COM

We’re also looking into getting groups together for the Baltimore GP and the Run-Offs. Let us know if you are interested.

Remember – sign up now for the SARRC/MARRS Challenge, May 11th & 12th.

Sincerely,
Your Favorite Flag Chief

F&C Newsletter – April 11, 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

April 11, 2013

Pre-registration for the BFGoodrich Tires VIR Super Tour — Oak Tree Double National April 19-21, 2013 is still open.

Workers who sign up before noon Wednesday April 17, 2013 will have their names on the gate list and will be able to enter the facility if they arrive before Registration opens.  Sign up now on MSR if you have not already.  Pre-registration for the BFGoodrich Tires VIR Super Tour — Oak Tree Double National

Be sure to email Sara Sniderssnider30@aol.com, by April 13, 2013 if you choose to exchange your worker credits for a half of a hotel room.  Don’t delay, rooms are limited.

If you plan to camp in Worker Camping, select that option on the pre-registration form, as camping passes and electrical hookup bands are limited.

We need you for this event, especially Friday.

Use the links below for current Supps and Schedule.

Looking forward to seeing you at the track, 

Sincerely,

Chief Flibbertigibbet  

Pre-Registration 

Event Schedule

Supps

F&C Newsletter – April 2, 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

April 2, 2013

Please accept our sincere apologies for yesterday’s April Fools Day newsletter.   The date of the BFGoodrich Tires VIR Super Tour — Oak Tree Double National has NOT CHANGED it remains April 19-21, 2013.

All of the other information in that newsletter was accurate.

The person responsible for the unfactual date change has been sacked.  This event is part of SCCA’s U.S. Majors Tour and is very serious.

If you are still considering volunteering for this event, know that the U.S. Majors Tour is the pinnacle of championship racing in North America.  This is where America’s best amateur drivers compete.

Newsletter shenanigans serve no purpose for the racing community who must remain disciplined and diligent to ensure safe motorsports.

Hopefully the flaggers who withdrew their pre-registration form will reconsider their understandably principled decision and resubmit their form.

SCCA National has been quite tolerant with us in the past and we hope they will rule favorably to allow us to keep our region number.

Please see the links below and pre-register today!

Sincerely,

Chief Flibbertigibbet

Pre-Registration

Event Schedule

Supps

F&C Newsletter – April 1, 2012

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

April 1, 2013

The date of the Oak Tree Double National has been CHANGED.  Go check your calendars now to see if you are available for the new date, April 19th – 21st, 2013.

Thanks to VIR and another car club being flexible, we were able to accommodate SCCA National’s insistance we change the event date to April 19th – 21st.

All of the paperwork and websites have been adjusted to reflect the new date.  If you have already pre-registered, we have adjusted your form and now expect you to honor your commitment to the new date (changing it would be too much trouble on our end).  If you are not able to attend the new date, please let us know.

BFGoodrich Tires VIR Super Tour: Oak Tree Double National

April 19th – April 21st

Plan now! No really. Plan now. The linked schedule below will help you figure out how to get the most out of your time off from the bill paying job. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. For this event only, you have a choice between getting your worker credit card punched or getting half of a double occupancy hotel room.  More details to follow.

Event Schedule

Flag meetings will be held every day in the SOUTH PADDOCK.

Make a Nasty-car move & hang a left and head South. The South Paddock might be better known to some of you as the place to go for Worker Camping. Disregard that the event schedule lists the meetings as being near the grid barn. It’s a lie, a LIE!

All 3 days the flag meeting will be at 7:15 followed by a full day of exciting national class qualifing and racing.  Expect to have some fun on & off track.

Register here or here. Check out the who’s who here. Don’t forget to let your illustrious Flag Chief(s) know if you have any particular requests or accomodations to be considered.

For those of you who keep up with such things, click here to take a gander at the Supps.

IF YOU WISH TO GET A ROOM FOR THE WEEKEND PLEASE REGISTER & MAKE THIS PREFERENCE KNOW BY SATURDAY APRIL 13th!

For this event only, you may opt for half of a double (2) occupancy room instead of getting your card punched for your daily worker credit.  Please identify a roommate or we’ll assign one to you as part of our New Friend Program.  This is an option to choose during the registration process or send Send Sara Snider an email, ssnider30@aol.com.  There’s also a check box for if you are camping or not. If you’ve already registered and didn’t choose the room option, but want to, send Sara Snider an email.

New Registration Location

Here is a PDF map showing the location of our new registration site. It can be a little tricky to find the first time, in the dark.  Notice the map shows the way to the wrong paddock if you are attending the Flag Meeting in the South Paddock.

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.  Stay tuned for more information, as this may change too.

Get your name on the list by signing up online.

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

Regarding the variance between “National” & “Major”

From a knowledgeable source:

Right now the wording “National” is still acceptable. The name “National” will go away in 2014 or 2015 and there will be nothing but “Majors.” It’s going to be a little confusing for a little while…All regions will not be able to hold a Major/National event in 2014…in 2014 we will call it a Double Major and drop the National.

Tomato, tomahto.

Stewards Corner

(nothing new here so refresh yourself)

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

White (Distilled) Vinegar

Soooo…here’s another helpful tidbit of info that you might find interesting. If you want to save money & save your exposire to chemical type stuff, here’s a site that lists many of the things you can do with white distilled vinegar.

Apple Cider Vinegar

While on the topic of vinegar, how bout some of the old time favorite Apple Cider Vinegar? A personal favorite is from Bragg. While the old school way to ingest it is Apple Cider Vinegar+water+honey (ick, ick, ick) it can be drank (drunk, drunken?) a tad bit easier by adding it to juice. Adding it to citrus juices doesn’t seem to work all that well (think: drinking OJ after brushing your teeth). Find a sweet juice like the white grape varieties. It helps cut the sweet. If added to purple grape juice, wine anybody?

Of course…

Don’t forget everything you learned last season: sunblocking, hydrating with fluids & the foods you eat, bug blocking, helping out ye ol’ honey bee (not only for honey production but to pollinate oh, all the plants required for us to live life as we know it?)…

Orange Hoodies

It’s been heard there are still some, of varying sizes, left for your purchase. Supposedly it’s $15 for flaggers, $25 for non-flaggers. Prepare accordingly (to pay $25…).

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

FYI: Flag Chief Email Address

It’s been noted that some of you lovely folks get a “kick back” (usually from Mark’s email address) when sending an email to the flag chief address. Don’t fret. It makes it through to the “other end.” Ah, the wonders of technology that makes our lives simpler.

Sincerely,

Your Favorite Flag Chiefs