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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. Our members enjoy serving in all types of exciting positions. The brief summary below is aimed at shaping your impression of what may fit your style and desire.
Those wanting to lend a hand are welcomed with open arms, and are rewarded with adventure, camaraderie, and friendship. In addition to races held locally, Northwest Region's race officials (all volunteers are called officials in SCCA) help staff major professional events throughout the U.S. and Canada, and some have even traveled to Formula One races in Australia and Europe! And if you ever thought you might like to give racing a try, working races can give you valuable insights into driving, preparation, and the race tracks themselves. There are lots of jobs to do-- one of these might be for you:
If you are still unsure about which type of volunteer work you would like to do, just contact one of our Specialty Chiefs Volunteers can register at any event even if they have no experience. We will provide the basic training and pair you up with an experienced worker - over time you will grow into the position you like. Of course if your first choice doesn't meet your expectations there are many more to choose from. After the summaries below we have another section on how you can earn a Specialty License to work at race tracks across the USA.
The Course Marshals main responsibility is the distribution of corner equipment and the maintenance of corner equipment, including fire extinguishing equipment between events. In addition the Course Marshals may assist in clearing the track of disabled and stopped vehicles. Some of these cars may have a mechanical problem or they may simply have run out of gas and they need to be towed back to their paddock area. Course Marshals may also assist in clean-up off the track during and after events in the event of fluid spills or other situations that may leave debris on the track surface. For more information on this Specialty contact Tom Masterson.
Your first contacts at any event are the smiling workers of Registration. Prior to the weekend, we process the competitors’ entries in preparation for the Driver’s and Crew’s arrival, assign car numbers and race groups. At the track they make sure you have the proper credentials (photo ID., license) and have signed the waiver. While Registrars are usually most busy in the morning when they first open, they do not stay open all day long, so there is some time during the day to do other things, watch racing, help other Specialties or just relax. For more information on this Specialty please contact Northwest Region Chief: Sherri Masterson.
If you think the race track sometimes gets crowded, imagine what it is like where the cars park when they are not racing. Paddock is the group that is responsible for ensuring the safe and speedy passage of the race cars to the grid prior to their event, and from the track back to their paddock areas. You could say that these are the folks who direct traffic-- For more information on this Specialty contact Ken Jones.
There are two primary functions of tech. The first entails a complete visual inspection of all the safety equipment. This includes driver suits, helmets,seat belts, shoulder belts, roll cage, fire system, and general integrity and race worthiness of the car. The second function is to impound cars at the end of a race to determine their legality with respect to the General Competition Rules and the specifications for their class. For more information on this specialty contact Tom Masterson. Mike Lawler, or David Jackson
Racing noise may be music to a fans ears, but to the nearby landowner it may not be so pleasant. The sound output of the cars is recorded during practice, qualifying and the race to ensure compliance with a set level, usually 103 decibels. These readings are logged by car number and class every lap when the car is clear of traffic that could interfere with the reading. Weather readings, Temperature, Humidity, Wind Speed and Direction, Barometric Pressure and other weather conditions are also recorded regularly. Regular sound level meter calibrations are checked and recorded. Cars that exceed the maximum allowable level are reported to the operating Steward so that appropriate action can be taken to correct the problem and allow the car to return to the track. Cars that are close to the maximum level are advised so they may be adjusted, so that weather condition changes do not cause the sound level to exceed the maximum allowed level. This Specialty is looking for new members For more information on this specialty please contact: Tom Masterson
As you can see, there's lots to do, and your help would be appreciated. There are many other jobs available where assistance is needed like trophies, points keepers, newsletter, marketing and more. Find out who to contact for all the above jobs and more!