Your passion for motorsports may present itself in a number of ways. Motorsports is more than just driving, and there are a million-and-one ways to get involved. Running an event requires the talents of a wide variety of dedicated individuals. Whether you’re talking Club Racing, Time Trials or Solo/Autocross events our members enjoy serving in all types of exciting positions. Get started now and who knows where you’ll end up?
Be a participant . . . not just a fan!
The registrar is the intake person. Meet and greet arriving participants and issue and verify their credentials. Be the first official face they see, point them to where they need to be and make sure everyone gets started on the right track.
Scrutineers get real fun when they’re poking around under the hood. Pre-race safety inspections, preparation compliance, post-race inspections, mechanical tear-downs. If you like to stick your nose in stuff, and know how it works, this is the job for you.
If your idea of fun is to have all eyes focused intently on you while you savor your moment of total control, you’ll have great fun being a starter. The starter also calls the end of the race, and is hooked into the communications network throughout.
This volunteer takes a position along the course and uses flags and hand signals to communicate track conditions to each driver. This position serves as first responder to any incident on the course, maintains the link between the steward and the drivers, and keeps the fun moving at all times. These people go home dirty...and happy!
These positions collect the numbers that tell the story – who drove how fast and in what place each driver finished the race. You’re on the computer, using advanced technology to measure, collate, verify and deliver the results.
In order to set a wheel (or four) on the track, racecars go though the grid. Grid workers check for everything from safety equipment to problems with the car. Before the races, cars are gridded in their spot according to their qualifying position provided by Timing & Scoring. Grid workers get to mingle with the drivers and crew.
Pit workers monitor and assist every car that comes into pits, as well as working the entrance and exit of pits, signaling the drivers so they can blend in to race traffic without incident.
Pace cars have two people in them. One is the driver, who maintains a safe speed and controls the pack prior to racing and if an incident occurs on track that requires bringing the cars under control. Pace car drivers either currently hold a competition license or have held one in the past. The other is the communicator, who maintains contact with Race Control via a 2-way radio.
Marshals oversee activity in the paddock, at the start, on the course and in the pits. Marshals get their face next to the race, snort the fumes, keep it real.
Emergency Services (EV) does many jobs at once. Their main job is to retrieve broken racecars off the track in a safe manner. Sometimes the cars only need to be flat towed and other times they need to be lifted off of tire walls or maybe even turned right side up.
Run the show. Make sure everyone is doing what they’re supposed to be doing. Verify that everyone knows the rules and follows the rules. Keep everyone safe. Solve problems. Make sure everyone gets real fun.
Last, but certainly not least, is NCR’s Hospitality crew. They make results available after qualifying and races; sell NCR merchandise, such as t-shirts, patches and stickers; and just generally help out anyone who needs it in a friendly and welcoming manner.
Getting involved as a volunteer or official is as easy as going to a local event and volunteering to help. Volunteers are issued a license just like the competition drivers, and can work their way up through the four levels of licenses by participating at different events and gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to hold a national specialty license. SCCA licensed officials help staff most of the motorsport events held in the United States in one capacity or another.
Goal of the Program
Initiate a system and process that will attract, retain, and reward qualified officials, members, and drivers who, on a voluntary basis, support the staffing requirements of the NC Region of SCCA. The events these volunteers support will be both SCCA-sanctioned and contracted non-SCCA-sanctioned events the Region is responsible to staff. Time Trial volunteers receive meals and track time as an incentive. Any other activities involving NC Region volunteers or officials that the individual performs remain the sole responsibility of that individual and are not eligible for this program.
NCR's Volunteer Incentive Program (VIP) pays Road Racing volunteers $50 for each day worked. Payment is made by check. When you register on MSR as a volunteer for any of our Road Racing events, a question asks how you would like to receive your VIP payment. You have the option of...
- receiving a check by mail after an event
- a one lump sum check for all days worked at the end of the racing season
- not participating in the program
The SCCA national office has a program that offers national dues discounts on your membership renewal based on your participation as a volunteer at SCCA events. Click here to download the instructions on how to earn and report your VIP days.