Dennis Hand, MTM Newsletter Editor
new racing season is getting into full swing.
CART played hopscotch with Road America and finally decided to race
there this year. We have a
new National Administrator for Flagging and Communications.
Our annual drivers’ schools have passed and even a few races have
gone by in the blink of an eye. With
the Indy 500 over and soon Le Mans, the racing season will be picking up
steam. Upcoming events include:
at Grattan June 14-15
Waterford Hills Race Weekend #3
Jim Anchak (email@example.com)
Club Race at Gingerman
Gary Ambrus (firstname.lastname@example.org)
at Gingerman July 13-14
Kim Joiner (email@example.com)
Region Regional/WHRRI Race #4 at Waterford Hills July 19-20.
Jim Anchak (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Debbie Martens (email@example.com)
word on the street is Steven Johnson, president of SCCA, has accepted an
invitation to Detroit Region’s regional race on July 19-20 at Waterford
New Chief of F&C
By Jim Anchak, WHRRI F&C Chief
the 2003 Race Season in full swing at Waterford Hills, I’d like to take
this opportunity to thank the MTM membership for their turn out and
support this year.
were well staffed at the SCCA and Waterford Hills Driver’s Schools, as
well as Race One. As always,
this allowed us to do our part in ensuring a safe racing environment for
the competitors. Race Two was
also well attended, even though the Weather Steward made it a challenging
day on Saturday. However,
Sunday did reward us with much more sun and warmer temperatures.
has also been a year of change for Flagging and Communications at
Waterford Hills. We’re all
aware that Rich Pushies had to take some time away from our group to
concentrate on other needs. We
all wish him the best of luck and look forward to having him back at the
track as soon as he’s able. With
the season already under way, I was asked to fill the role as Chief of
F&C for the balance of the 2003 season, beginning with Race Two.
At the same time Ken Lawfield has stepped up to the position of
Equipment Manager. Many of
our novices from the last few years are now trained and doing excellent as
Corner Captains. Turn out at
our Flagging School in April was good and there are many new and eager
novices in training.
season will again see a joint race event with the Detroit Region of the
SCCA. This will take place at
Waterford’s Race Four, on July 19th and 20th.
SCCA membership will be required at registration for this event.
Please notify me by July 12th if you are planning to
attend and are not an SCCA member so I can make the necessary
with five more Waterford race weekends left in the schedule, I look
forward to seeing you all there. Please
feel free to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
of F&C – WHRRI
at Large – Detroit Region SCCA
from Western Michigan
Verne Wandell, RA of F&C, WMR.
of all I would like to announce that the rumors are true, professional
Sports Car racing is returning to Western Michigan.
During our annual Labor Day weekend slot, SCCA Pro is going to be
holding a race at Grattan and WMR will add at least one restricted
regional group to it. The
classes have not been finalized and all of the paperwork has not been
completed so look to our website for updated information and a workers’
application as they become available.
communications have gone so well during the first few events that I
thought I‘d throw a wrench into the works for the next few.
No, honestly, they have been going really well.
As a matter of fact they have been good enough to lead me to
believe we can rectify something that occurred during the recent regional
is what happened:
the first lap of one of the races a couple of cars got together leaving
one car stalled on track at turn one and the other continuing.
We went to full course yellow to attend to the stalled car.
The car that continued decided he needed to go to the pits to have
his crew check over the car, passing several cars on the way.
Since we were holding radio silence (first lap of the race and a
call-throughs for the pack and safety car) the witnesses held their calls
as has been requested.
result was that there was no time entry in the log for the pass under
yellow. When we finally took the call (after the pace car had
collected the field, the wrecker had the stalled car in a safe position,
we called through the pace car for start and finished the first racing lap
under green) there was a huge discrepancy in the log between the time the
full course yellow was displayed and the time the pass under yellow was
called in. The driver of the
car that did the passing said that the yellows had just come out when he
made the pass and the stewards had no ammunition to prove him wrong.
He was penalized but not as much as he should have been had we
created a stronger case.
is what I would like to try, starting at the Area 4 driver’s school
(BTW, we still need LOT’S OF HELP for that event).
If you have contact between two cars or a pass under yellow when we
are observing radio silence for a NON-EMERGENCY, I would like you to make
a ‘blind call’, much the same as when you want another station to
change their flag condition. Simply
say “nose to tail, nose to tail at (station X)”,
“side to side, side to side at (station X)”, or “pass under
yellow at (station X)”.
we have tried to handle this issue in the past by asking the corner worker
to record the time locally and reconcile the times later, all too often
there are other things going on at the stations and too few workers
dealing with them. I believe this solution will make the information more
available and keep the airwaves relatively open.
Of course, if we are dealing with an actual emergency, please write
down the time locally and we will deal with it later.
most of you have heard by now, Dick Coburn stepped down as National
Administrator of Flagging and Communications at the end of last year.
Mr. Coburn, you did a most excellent job and the entire membership
thanks you for your professional, yet extremely friendly attitude, and
everything you did to keep our F&C experience safe and fun.
new National Administrator of Flagging and Communications is Mark Smith, a
15 year veteran of Cal Club Region of SCCA.
You can contact Mark at email@example.com.
Bells Echo in the Distance
own Chairman has recently become engaged.
On April 19th, Erica Strydonck accepted a proposal from
Scott Whitehead. The wedding
will be sometime in November of this year.
all for now! Have a good
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