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

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

F&C Newsletter – February 26, 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

February something, 2013

Welcome 2013

Good News! It’s almost Spring!  Time to kick off the North Carolina Region’s 2013 Racing Season!

Even Better News! The NCR Executive Board of Directors voted to increase Worker Credits to $35 per day!  Hey Hey!  Come out and play!

The Best News of the Day!  We are now able to register you in the Raceplex so you can enter the track with valid credentials!  We’ll be using the old Synergy building in the Raceplex before the main gate.  No more having to park on the skidpad and walking to North Tower to get a Paddock Parking Pass. Please help us get the word around.

March Memories

March 9th & 10th, 2013 at VIR

RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!

This year’s 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

F&C Newsletter – February 5, 2013

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

February something, 2013

Welcome 2013

Good News! The Ground Hog predicts an early spring and you can count on this since he’s a meteorologist and all… Time to gear up for March Memories!   Try on and stretch out those orange tipped whites.  Clean out and replenish that track bag (crumbled Grandma’s Cookies go great on ice cream).

Check out the NCR Website for the latest news from the election and awards banquet.  A quiz will be held later.

March Memories

March 9th & 10th, 2013 at VIR

Make sure you check the schedule as there have been some changes.   The Executive Board of Directors has decided to reduce the entry fee for the racers, which should boost participation.  It should yield some exciting races that you don’t want to miss.  You might even want to take a peak at the supps.

The Tarheel Cup Pro Series will include us in their new program matching drivers and workers.  The drivers will be encouraged to develop their fan base by finding a worker who will root for them.  If your driver wins, you win…something.

More cars mean we need you more than ever, register on MotorsportReg.com. Before, after or during this time, you can also help out by bringing driver’s out of their garages. Get the word out there for March memories and other races. We always ask you to bring new flaggers but what fun is flagging with no cars?

Register at MotorsportReg.com

Do you know those wonderful registrars that get you in and out of registration so quickly? Sure you do. They have streamlined the registration process even more.   Now you can register on-line at MotorsportReg.com on the same “event” the drivers use.  

You will move through the process by clicking the “continue” button, agree with everything, check “registration type”, pick driver registration if you are racing, pick volunteer registration if you are with us, select your specialty, like F&C, pick your days, fill in the optional choices like work T13 with Heather Clark, list any guests, agree with more stuff, then click I’m Done, Finish!  Easy Peasy!

The 12 Hours of Sebring (61st Anniversary)

Saturday, March 16th

It’s not been long since the 24 ended. Are you already missing Florida? Did you not make the 24 but still want to rub it in to all your non-racing friends that you’re in sunny Florida while the March winds are still chilly everywhere else (possibly)? Go further South for the 61st Anniversary of the 12 Hours of Sebring. It will be as fabulous as always and maybe even crazier! Lodging for Sebring is much different than at Daytona. Hosted again by the fabulous CFR, there’s worker camping for tents, pop-ups, RVs…and it’s F-R-E-E. CFR feeds workers very well. Just throwin’ that in there. Aaaaand all the beautiful people.

Though the race itself is on the 16th, practices, qualifyings and all sorts of other funness will be happening before that.  As with the 24, you will want to use the CFR Pro Worker Application Process. Yes, this is new for 2013. It was used for the 24, this and is the same for St. Pete’s. The deadline for Sebring is February 20th, so hurry hurry, chop chop, get a move on!

Continue to keep tabs on Sebring stuff here as well.

Folks you know went to Daytona

 

 

Click for Recap

Many people you know went to Daytona for the 24-Hour again this year.  Brian Huff, Ashley Smith, Brendan Kaczmarek, Eric Thomas, Steve Bridges, some of the DC Nuts, Tom Long and Juan Pablo Montoya, to name a few.

Be one of the travelers. Get out there and travel!

Worker Tips

  • STAY HYDRATED

Does this look familiar? No? Then you really, REALLY need to pay attention to the following. It doesn’t have to be hot out to get dehydrated. It’s important to remember to stay properly hydrated at all times. If you’re not that big into drinking water, at least step it up a day before an event starts and continue it throughout that event. There’s bunches of stuff you can add to your water to make it a little tastier. Ask Romanowski about Mio, for instance.

There are different theories on sports drinks. Part of this is due to the sugar content of some of them. However, they can help balance your electrolytes when you sweat, mostly when it’s hot and humid out (as with many of our events). Eating a banana can help with this as well (for even more info on bananas click here). The sugar and caffeine in sodas? Not so great for hydration either.

Know what you are ingesting and how it helps or hurts your quest to stay hydrated. When all else fails, resort to the tried and true WATER (just not that of the stagnant pond variety). REMEMBER: when you exhibit any symptoms of dehydration, you’re already more dehydrated than you may realize. So sad when you can easily prevent this.

  • EAT

Does this really need any explanation? We really don’t need EV tied up with our emergencies during an event, like someone passing out from having not eaten. Especially when again, it’s PREVENTABLE. Sure sugary stuff may give you a boost, but plan accordingly for sustained energy that doesn’t dissipate almost immediately. On a hot and humid day, a 7-course meal full of grease probably won’t be your best friend while on turn. REMEMBERCHOCOLATE MELTSWhat may have started out as a bar o’ chocolate will be chocolate soup if not kept in a cooler on those rather warm days.

  • DON’T FORGET THE SUN BLOCK

Sunblock (PABA free) SPF Ridiculously High applied more often than often. Lip balm/chapstick (PABA & petroleum free) again with SPF (helps lips against wind and dehydration as well). Hats, long sleeves, bandanas, sunglasses (UVA and UVB blocking)…You get the idea. Not only will you skirt a burn but in the long run you are reducing the chances that you will develop that nasty, nasty C word. REMEMBER: You can still get burned when it’s cool and cloudy.

  • HEALTH CONCERNS

If you have any health concerns (allergies, limitations/restrictions, medications…) let your Corner Captain know. If you’re the Corner Captain, let your peons know. Not your entire medical history, just the stuff that may be relevant. Do you have an Epi-Pen for an allergy to bee stings? Do you have medication, and where is it located, in the event that you pass out and your co-corner workers may need to give it to you? Nobody will know unless you tell them. Corner Captains tend to ask this type of question after having asked what your experience level is, but we all forget things when trying to get everything set up for the day. You can also contact Ye Ol’ Flag Chiefs with any pertinent information to help them when they make assignments.

 

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

 

Miscellaneous Stuff

So, some flaggers had a few concerns about T7 in it’s new-ish location. Not only were there some grumblings, but there were also suggestions on how to make this a better (read:safer, more reassuring…) turn to work. “They” have listened to the people! Come out to see some of the work that was done based on concerns, possible solutions and constructive conversation.

As always, if you have something you want to get in here, let us know. This can be a worker schedule for other regions, pictures from any events you may have attended, something, something, something…

Let us know if you want us to add your email to the mailing list. If you didn’t get this F&C Newsletter by email, then you need to let us know, so we can add you.

Now for the quiz: 

Who was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award? 

Sincerely,

Your Most Favoritest Flag Chiefs

F&C Newsletter – December 25, 2012

 

Happy Holidays from North Carolina Region SCCA

Wishing everyone happiness this Holiday Season and prosperity in the New Year. Thank you for being AWESOME. We look forward to seeing you at the Awards Banquet and VIR this coming year.

All the best to you and your family,

Your Favorite Flag Chiefs

Awards Banquet aka Dress Up Party!

Come to Raleigh January 5th to celebrate the wonderful members that support our region!  You will probably receive an award cause you’re special like that! Sign up on your favorite online registration page by clicking MotorsportReg, log in if you weren’t already, fill in the form, pay the fee (includes a meal, beer, wine and a place to sit), then dress up all pretty an such, and head on down to the Caffe Luna at 136 East Hargett Street in Raleigh, NC  27601 by 5:30pm.  Fun and surprises await you! The last day to register is January 1st, but why would you want to wait so long? Get you a hotel room cause there’s no camping available.  There are suggestions on the registration page, but you’ve already seen that, haven’t you?

 

NCR SCCA 2013 Race Schedule

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

 

F&C Newsletter – November 28, 2012

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

Guess what? You don’t hafta go to Motorsportreg for this.

Happy belated Thanksgiving from the rest of us.

NCR Worker Incentive Program information and redemption form.

DEADLINE FOR MAILING IS THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH!!!

MISS IT & MISS $$$$!!!

In other news…

Award Nominations need to be sent in to Mr James Shanks before December 1st. Do this. Watch people get awards at the banquet in January. I’m sure there’s a list of award names somewhere…but no matter. Provide a name and what award they should get and it’ll get figured out. The people who decide these things are just that good.

Banquet: January 5th, 2013 @ Cafe Luna in Raleigh. (Mark this now!) Last year was a hoot and a half. This year will probably be better. Only way to find out is to be there (not all pictures make it to public postings…).

Look forward to more information on all of this, including posted pictures from the F1 race in Austin attended by many of your cohorts.

In the meantime, what would you call this?  Send in names, win stuff at the banquet.

Flag Chief Eric Danielsen presents F&C Story to Kiwanis Club

On November 14th, Eric Danielsen gave a half an hour presentation to his Kiwanis Club.

See article, reprinted from the Kiwanis newsletter here.

Registration is still online at Motorsportreg.

NCR Worker Incentive Program information and redemption form. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Seriously. You really, REALLY don't wanna miss out on the deadline of November 30th for "reimbursement." Print out the form, fill it out, stuff an envelope with this & some receipts & get that sucker in the mail!

Bob Huff Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-Hour

VIR - October 26-27, 2012

For those of you who have registered already, or have emailed your friendly flag chiefs, here's some important information (besides the worker gifts are quite awesome really)...

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F&C Newsletter – October 24, 2012

North Carolina Region SCCA F&C

13-Hour

Online registration for this weekend closes Wednesday the 24th…TODAY! Get busy if you haven’t already done so. Otherwise email the flag chiefs to get your name on the list at the gate to avoid potential hassle(s).

Registration is still online at Motorsportreg.

NCR Worker Incentive Program information and redemption form. THIS IS IMPORTANT! Seriously. You really, REALLY don’t wanna miss out on the deadline of November 30th for “reimbursement.” Print out the form, fill it out, stuff an envelope with this & some receipts & get that sucker in the mail!

Bob Huff Charge of the Headlight Brigade 13-Hour

VIR – October 26-27, 2012

For those of you who have registered already, or have emailed your friendly flag chiefs, here’s some important information (besides the worker gifts are quite awesome really)…

·  Friday’s flag meeting is at 4PM at the Flag Shack in the North Paddock.

·  Saturday morning breakfast will be located at the Pagoda from 6:30-7:45AM. This will be more than just a few honey buns so take advantage of it!

·  Saturday’s flag meeting is at 8:15AM at the Flag Shack in the North Paddock.

·  The race is from 9:15AM-10:15PM. Please plan to help with “clean up” afterwards to make everything go much quicker.

More important information:

·  Costume contest judging will be as follows: Saturday morning at 8AM just prior to the flag meeting (at the Flag Shack) then again at 11AM for the North Tower folks.

·  Cooking contest judging will be throughout the day. Feel free to bring your favorite goodies to help out on turn. (as a side: we hope to get assignments out so turns can coordinate a little better though it’s gonna be a tight time frame)

·  Check the weather & plan your orange attire accordingly (it gets cold after the sun goes down despite what the forecast predicts…orange scarves are very handy to have as well as stocking caps and other keep warm items).

·  Don’t forget your camera! How else will anybody believe everything we do if there’s no photographic evidence?

Even more important stuff:

·  Honey Camper Party Friday night in the South Paddock. Feel free to bring your favorite goodies.

·  There will be a garage party Saturday after the race/clean up at the garages (surprise!) courtesy of Mitchum Motorsports.

·  For anybody still around Sunday a bunch of us will storm Biscuitville on Riverside Drive (Bus 58 in Danville) for brunch whenever Eric gets the Honey Camper packed up and ready to go home.

It’s going to be a long, fun day. Check the NCR website for the schedulesupps andworker map which tells you where all the important things are located. 

See you soon!!!

Remembering David Page

ALTON, VA – (NCRSCCA) – At the Goblin’s Go event at VIR , the volunteers had a small memorial for our departed friend  David “Santa” Page who left us in 2011.  His wife Jan had donated David’s worker gear to us and we held a raffle for it. Richard Mosely won David’s orange vest and a pair of orange gloves; Jean Quick walked away with his white zippered sweatshirt, bucket hat, and whistle, Chris Sigmon won David’s MG shop apron, work gloves, and green vest; and Grid Chief Johnny Dunbar got the grand prize, David’s Radio Shack scanner.  And Race Chair/Flag Chief Eric Danielsen got a new pair of orange gloves to replace the ones he had given away to a new volunteer that morning.  We cheered David’s memory and thanked him posthumously for the stuff.  We miss you David!

Above (left to right), David Page, Canadian flagger Arlene Chase, Mark Biamonte and David Turner, the “Senna corner” 2A crew at the 2007 Canadian F1 Grand Prix.

David Page

David in his beloved Sprite.