Area 4 Director Update for July 2022

I thought June was going to allow me to take a breath…..but I was mistaken.  Yes, I had fewer events to attend in person but there were several more Zoom meetings, EVAC emails to write, etc., so I was still pretty busy this past month.

Next month I will be driving to Kansas City for the BoD meeting on 7/29, 7/30.  While there, I will also be sitting in on the CRB meeting on 7/28.

Video Conference Meetings:

  • Club Racing Board (CRB) (6/7): Much discussion was had about a new initiative called “Green to Checker” or G2C.  A myriad of decisions and policies over the years have led to poor performance on track during Club Racing events.  There are just too many sessions that are stopped by a black flag all (BFA) or under full course yellow (FCY) due to an incident on track.  G2C will try to change the course away from the trend of too many BFAs and FCYs which diminishes the race experience for all involved.  This policy is in the planning phase and I will report the results when the protocols are adopted.  While this was discussed by the CRB, rest assured this has also been discussed at the BoD level as well.  Changes are coming once we figure out the most effective way to alter the course of the program.  More work was done on the face-to-face meeting to be held in July (7/28).  The results of CRB rules changes can be seen here.
  • Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee (EVAC) (6/8): We had guests for part of the meeting (Chris Robbins and Abby Scher) as we discussed how to train and educate the SCCA membership on how to interact with EVs when they participate at events.  We tied up some loose ends on the 2nd iteration of the SCREV.  We are also nearly finished with a package for Production cars and are continuing work on a package for formula cars. 
  • BSpec Advisory Committee (6/14): The BSAC group had some solid suggestions for how to modify our ESpec rules package. 
  • Touring Advisory Committee (6/20): The TAC folks had some sage advice for me on the ESpec rules as well. 
  • SCCA BoD Team Development (6/22): Those of us new to the BoD were asked to take a Myers Briggs Type Indicator Test.  That was done online a couple of weeks ago.  The results were revealed during a two hour Zoom call.  I had never done this type of personality analysis before.  All of this was done to allow the BoD work better together and be a more effective governing body.
  • Board of Directors (BoD) (6/27): We had a light agenda since we are meeting face to face next month.  We discussed the compensation for the President (Mike Cobb).  I gave an EVAC update.  We did more planning for our meeting in Kansas City next month.  We also received an update on the Haynes lawsuit.
  • Production Advisory Committee (6/28): Once again, a sub committee of the CRB provided some valuable insight on how we should modify the ESpec rules package.

 

SCCA Events:

  • FSAE @ MIS (6/15-6/17): Man oh man!  What a great time I had at this event.  To see so many college kids working together was truly uplifting.  There were teams representing schools from all over the country as well as several more from Canada.  As Chair of the EVAC, my goal was to see how the EVs were designed and built.  To that end, I hung out in the EV inspection area.  This allowed me to watch the inspectors go through the EV cars with a fine tooth comb.  Watching them helped me understand how the EVs were wired.  I was especially interested in the safety features of the EVs.  We are adopting some of these key safety features in our prototype and formula car rules packages.
  • WMR SCCA Double Regional @ Grattan Raceway (6/18, 6/19): This event was fun to attend as it brought me back to my roots.  I started out as an F&C guy way back when and that’s what I did this weekend.  I had the pleasure of working with a new member too.  It was another chance for me to “pay it forward” so the next generation of SCCA member gets the advice and counsel that I did when I joined.
  • I have updated my calendar on the GLDiv website with events I’d like to go to this season. Click here to see where I’ll be this summer.

Be sure and visit the GLDiv website for information about all of the SCCA programs within the division.  We have schedules, official’s contact info, standings, etc. for all the SCCA programs.

The various national schedules for 2022 are starting to coalesce and they can be found here: 

Pro Solo/National Tour, Time Trials National Tour, Hoosier Super Tour, Enduro.

Please take a few minutes and make sure your contact information is accurate in the SCCA database.  It’s important to have the correct information there so the club knows how to contact you.  Log in to your my.scca.com page and check. 

As I mentioned previously, there is a new path to getting your annual waiver.  You can now get it through the Member Account Portal (MAP).  Follow this link to get the instructions.  There is also a story about the program here.  I’ve done it and it only takes a couple of minutes. Be prepared to upload a headshot picture of yourself.

Just a quick reminder, if any region out there wants to have an “Ask the Director” session during your monthly meetings, please do not hesitate to contact me so we can schedule a visit.  I retired last summer so have plenty of free time and would thoroughly enjoy the chance to visit with your members.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have about any facet of the GLDiv. I want you to make the most of your membership and I will help out in any way possible to make that happen.

Dayle Frame

Track Event / Time Trial @ Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Cincinnati Region SCCA is proud to once again offer this great event. On July 29th 2022 we will be having our Track Event and Time Trial at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
 
 

This is your chance to put yourself behind the wheel of your street licensed or solo prepared car on the beautiful Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. There are two options for participation – Competitive timed laps held under the National Time Trial Rules for advanced drivers and our traditional Track Event for street and solo prepared caps, with groups based on track experience. Novice drivers will be paired with an experienced instructor to show you the ins and outs of road course driving at speed. The 2.258 mile Pro Course configuration will be used in the morning and the 2.40 mile Club Course will be used in the afternoon. No competition license is required for this event – just a state issued driver’s license.

Time Trial groups(s) will have a practice session and a Time Attack session in the morning on the Pro Course and a practice session and a Time Attack session in the afternoon on the Club Course. Transponders will be available for a rental fee of $35.

* Successful completion of Friday activities will qualify advanced drivers to compete in wheel-to-wheel racing in a one hour bracket race on Saturday afternoon, regardless of competion license grade. (The car must meet the safety requirements and need a driver’s suit.)

Stick around for the weekend and volunteer as an official race worker and earn a $25 rebate on your entry fee. 

Cost for the Friday event is $240. You must be an SCCA member, but if you are not currently a member we will provide you with a weekend membership for $15. 

YOUR CREDIT CARD WILL NOT BE CHARGED UNTIL REGISTRATION CLOSES

DRIVER COACHES NEEDED

Track Event Coach Eligibility: One must hold a current recognized competition license (SCCA, NASA, IMSAFIAPCABMWCCA, etc.) or have equivalent racing, time trial, or track day experience, which is deemed satisfactory by the Track Event Lead Coach. If you have any questions about being a coach please contact Bill Niemeyer at 513-678-6728 or via e-mail at niemeyer65@hotmail.com

Show your support for ALS, in honor of the late Judy Cowie, long time Cincinnati Region member and Corner Worker. Stop by garage 20 anytime before 3 PM to purchase a ticket ($1) or 6 ($5) for a Split-The-Pot drawing.

The link to registration is here:
 

Todd Cholmondeley IT/SPEC*tacular Track Event info on Jul 29, 2022 (976391) | MotorsportReg.com

RoadRally Report

6 teams joined us for a beautiful drive on the twisty, hilly roads of Boone County, on a glorious day. The rain held off until we finished, or at least almost finished. There was a tie for first place which was decided by a couple tie breaker questions. A good time was had by all. This is the first rally I have actually been able to compete in for quite a while. I was surprised that I was a little nervous to set out on an unknown course. Let’s just say my (and my partner’s) finishing position is testament to the fact that I did not have prior knowledge of the route, questions and tie breaker questions. Full results and standings are posted on the cincyscca.com website.

Join the fun at the next event on June 25. The location is still in flux, but registration will open once the final details are confirmed.
Mark your calendars for the following remaining dates:

  • 6/25
  • 8/13
  • 9/17
  • 10/29

Contact us at the email or phone number below for additional information. Want to be added to the email list and receive reminders, notification of open registration and additional information? Send us an email with the request and it shall be done! Want to suggest an area with awesome roads, we’re open to that too.

Gordon Benson
Christy Graham
roadrally@cincyscca.com or
CincySCCARally@yahoo.com
513-658-4677

Solo Report

Wow, the season has barely started but is cranking already.

Shortly after I last made a report, we had our first event weekend Apr 9 & 10. As we came closer to the weekend the weather forecast wasn’t good for Saturday and only got worse the closer we got. Based on the forecast we decided it was best to ask you, the entrants, what you wanted to do and the answer was a resounding please cancel the event. We listened and that was a good thing, because by the time we got there (if you remember), Apr 8 and 9 were flat out freezing cold, wet, windy, and just downright miserable. We did course set up that afternoon and even had snow/sleet to validate the decision to cancel. Kudos for common sense…well, as much as any of us have such a thing… Sunday dawned far, far better; it was even sunny, and t-shirt warm. Heck, many of us came home with pretty solid sunburns! I’ll take that over cold frozen precipitation any day! Back to the event, we had 149 entrants on Sunday, got six runs and finished running by 3:00. Great job by all, thank you! The tightest battle was in the 17 entry Street Open index class where Keith Koegler edged out Joel Zeller by 0.024 secs. Top time of day went to Richard Sawicki in the FSAE car and top PAX went to Devin Taylor in Street Touring Open. Enough of the season opener tribulations.

Moving on to the next event weekend a mere two weeks later and true to Ohio, whereas we had accumulating snow earlier in the week, it was very sunny and we had temps in the upper 80s for both Sat and Sun, Apr 23 & 24 respectively. Saturday was the Miami Motorsport Club Fun event where the 68 entrants got to run it in a test and tune format the whole time instead of a fun event in the morning and test and tune in the afternoon. By 4:00, by far the majority had stopped running, because they had gotten all the runs they wanted to take.

Sunday, Apr 24, our first points event dawned just as nice weather wise with temps in the upper 80s/low 90s for the 178 entrants. The course was essentially the opposite direction as Saturdays’ course and had been designed with this direction in mind, but I have to say I enjoyed Saturday’s course a bit more personally. This event had so many tight competitions it was tough to keep track of as things changed by the moment all day long. SMF had Brian Gard edging out Brent Walsh by a mere 0.114 secs. In CAM T, Nathan Popp took the win by 0.173 secs over Cam Joseph. in STH Mike Kruetzkamp edged out Jake Favaron by 0.178 secs. D Street had mom over daughter by a “whopping” 0.180 secs with Jo Jadeke using that age and treachery to finish just ahead of Aleshia Findley. G Street followed suit with Jim Hardesty over Sam Oakes by 0.201 secs. CAM C had Ron Schoch over Ryan Wilhelm by 0.232 secs. CAM S had Paul Curley a snitch ahead of Marshall Reinert by 0.236 secs in our largest class with 22 entrants. In Street Touring Alexander Prand took first over John Custer by 0.260 secs. Open Street Open had Lang King putting the smack down on the other 17 entrants and beating Dean Rindler by 0.285 secs. Fastest Raw Time and PAX Time both went to Rob Clark in Pro class with a raw time of 39.208 secs just ahead of Crhistian Moist with a 39.390 and PAX time of 32.609 over Myke Dziengel with a 33.419 sec time.

Photo courtesy of Austin Hampton

As I type this, we are preparing for the Phase 1 and 2 Evolution Performance Driving School events this Sat, Apr 30th, and Sun, May 1st respectively. Twenty-four students are signed up each day to get some of the best instruction across the country.

Upcoming Events:
– Our next event (after this weekend) is our Autocross 101 school for novices on May 14th followed by Points Event 2 on May 15th. Please go to MotorsportReg and register before we hit the entry cap for both. (CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com)
– The following event is a Starting Line school on Jun 18th and Points Event 3 on Jun 19th. (CincySCCA.MotorsportReg.com)
– Peru, IN (Grissom Aeroplex) National Championship Tour is open for registration already and is coming up Jun 10-12 where I hope we will bring a large Cincy showing and trophy raid.(https://www.scca.com/events/2000312-2022-tire-rack-scca-peru-national-tour-grissom-aeroplex)

That’s enough for now, I’m sure you are bored with my meanderings. See you on site sooner vs later!

Kent Weaver
Cincy SCCA Solo Chair

Road Rally Report

The first one is in the books! We had 9 teams competing, including 3 first timers. Three must be the magic number, as there was a three-way tie for first as well! A good time was had by all. Results are posted on the cincyscca.com website.

Join the fun at the next event, which will start and end in Hebron Kentucky. Registration will open once the final details are confirmed.

Mark your calendars for the following remaining dates:

  • 5/21
  • 6/25
  • 8/13
  • 9/17
  • 10/29

Contact us at the email or phone number below for additional information. Want to be added to the email list and receive reminders, notification of open registration and additional information? Send us an email with the request and it shall be done! Want to suggest an area with awesome roads, we’re open to that too.

 

Area 4 Director Update for May 2022

May starts my GLDiv travel season in earnest.  After going to Pittsburgh International Race Complex (PIRC) for an HST towards the end of April, I plan on going to the inaugural Enduro event at Nelson Ledges (NL that will be held 5/21, 5/22.  NL has dumped a lot of capital into the facility and I look forward seeing the results. I can’t wait to see what the Enduro race has to offer.  It should be quite exciting.

Video Conference Meetings:

  • Club Racing Board (CRB) (4/5): With more 600cc motors in F500, the name of the class has been changed to F600.  That will take effect on 1/1/13.  A discussion about who is responsible for proving illegality was held.  Changes to that wording may be forthcoming.  More work was done on the face-to-face meeting to be held in July.  The results of CRB rules changes can be seen here.
  • Electrified Vehicle Advisory Committee (EVAC) (4/13): The committee received some feedback on its prototype rules package and the revision process has begun.  We are also nearly finished with a package for Production cars as well as a package for formula cars.  We continue to the revision process of the SCREV as well.
  • Formula/Sports Race Advisory Committee (FSRAC) 4/20): A few members of the EVAC met with the FSRAC during their monthly meeting.  We each had questions for the other about the prototype rules package we sent them.  Consensus was gained through discussion and our package was moved forward.
  • Board of Directors (BoD) (4/25): I updated the Board on EVAC (see above).  We continued to prepare for our face-to-face meeting in Kansas City in July.  We’re working on a revised document control system as well.  We are in the middle of an outside audit and all appears to be going well there.

SCCA Events:

  • NCR @ VIR (HST) (4/8-4/10): Windy and cold…..brrrrr.  While it was snowing here, it wasn’t much better down at VIR.  In addition to the nasty weather, the weekend was marred by several incidents which caused full course yellows, black flag alls, and even some red flags.  Once again, going to other race venues makes me appreciate how good we have it here in GLDiv.
  • I have updated my calendar on the GLDiv website with events I’d like to go to this season. Click here to see where I’ll be this summer.

Be sure and visit the GLDiv website for information about all of the SCCA programs within the division.  We have schedules, official’s contact info, standings, etc. for all the SCCA programs.

The various national schedules for 2022 are starting to coalesce and they can be found here: 

Pro Solo/National Tour, Time Trials National Tour, Hoosier Super Tour, Enduro.

Please take a few minutes and make sure your contact information is accurate in the SCCA database.  It’s important to have the correct information there so the club knows how to contact you.  Log in to your my.scca.com page and check. 

As I mentioned previously, there is a new path to getting your annual waiver.  You can now get it through the Member Account Portal (MAP).  Follow this link to get the instructions.  There is also a story about the program here.  I’ve done it and it only takes a couple of minutes. Be prepared to upload a headshot picture of yourself.

Just a quick reminder, if any region out there wants to have an “Ask the Director” session during your monthly meetings, please do not hesitate to contact me so we can schedule a visit.  I retired last summer so have plenty of free time and would thoroughly enjoy the chance to visit with your members.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have about any facet of the GLDiv. I want you to make the most of your membership and I will help out in any way possible to make that happen.

Dayle Frame

Solo: Apr. 09 Test and Tune Event Survey

Given the weather forecast for Traders World this coming Sat, we are exploring our options. (31°Low – 45°High, 64% chance of rain, or possible snow)

If you have signed up for the Test and Tune Event on Saturday Apr. 09, please check your email and respond the survey.

This survey will close by Wednesday 04/06/22 8:00PM, and we will announce the final decision by Thursday 04/07/22 Noon.