Another busy month as we all get ready for the upcoming season.
Probably the biggest highlight of the past month was our GLDiv Spring Training meeting held on 3/7. Due to continued pandemic restrictions, the event was held remotely. Many kudos go to Val McCammon as she made all the arrangements. She had a lot of help from her husband Pat and Velma and Raleigh Boreen. The four of them acted as moderator and guided a flawless day of sessions. There were over 100 people who attended a session during the day.
Work continues on the revised GLDiv website. If you are an RE, Race Chair, etc. and want your event posted on the divisional website’s calendar, please send the pertinent details (date, location, contact person, registration link) to Rob Dietz (firstname.lastname@example.org). He’s the webmaster and will be able to collate the divisional events into the calendar.
The usual monthly meetings occurred in March. It started off with the Club Racing Board (CRB) meeting on 3/2. There was the usual agenda of 100+ letters that the CRB dealt with…..most fairly mundane. The biggest item was the introduction of the tentative schedule for the Runoffs. Eric Prill said a survey of drivers indicated that over 1000 will attend the Runoffs at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) this year. This puts pressure on them to generate a schedule that meets a wide variety of criteria (multi-class drivers, track limits, daylight hours, etc.). It has since been released and can be found here. There’s nothing quite like IMS and I know I’ll be there. I had the pleasure of racing there back in 2017 when the Runoffs first visited the facility. Please consider attending in some form (worker, spectator, crew, etc.) as I am sure you will have an excellent time. It’ll be held from 9/28 to 10/3 and other details about the event can be found here.
We had a BoD meeting on 3/22. As usual, there wasn’t anything too flashy that came from this meeting. We discussed the financial report submitted by Jeff Dahnert. Things look pretty good so far this year. The steps taken last spring as the pandemic was taking hold have continued to bear fruit. The President (Mike Cobb) submitted his update to us a week beforehand and we discussed that a bit during the meeting. There were a couple of “hush, hush” items that I cannot comment on at this time. Nothing too terribly earth shattering and I’ll let you in on it when the time is appropriate.
One nice thing to come from the meeting is that we are planning on meeting face to face in late July (7/30 – 8/1). By then, it will have been well over a year since that occurred. We’ll be heading to Kansas City for this, and I can’t wait to see my fellow Board members. I’ve only met four of them over the years (Albin, Dowie, Isley and Jankovskis) so this will be quite exciting for me. Another BoD meeting will take place in December (12/3 – 12/5) and it will also be held in Kansas City.
The next night (3/23), there was a RallyCross Board (RXB) meeting. This group is diligently working on expanding and raising the profile of the program. Among other things, they are working on coordinating their National Championships which will be held in our backyard. They’ll be held in Chillicothe, OH on 10/15-10/17. Details about the event can be found here.
On the next evening (yes…..I had SCCA meetings three nights in a row), we held the first meeting of a committee dedicated to electric vehicles (EVs) and how they will be folded into every level of all competition programs within SCCA. We are charged (get it…charged about EVs….I know, don’t quit my day job) with not only incorporating EVs into competition but also the safety and liability aspects of bringing them into the fold. The SCCA wants to be the leader for the current (yet another pun) and next generation of automobile enthusiast and EVs will definitely be a part of that future. As an EV owner and competitor, I am VERY excited to be in on the ground floor as we move into this realm.
Events of the past month have had an impact on my summer schedule. Here’s my revised (and still tentative) schedule:
- 4/29 – 5/2: STC @ PIRC (Super Tour)
- 5/22, 5/23: OVR @ MidOhio (Major)
- 6/4 – 6/6: Champ Tour Solo @ Grissom
- 6/19, 6/20: WMR @ Grattan (Double Regional)
- 7/16 – 7/18: Time Trails National Tour @ GingerMan
- 7/23 – 7/25: Pro Solo @ Toledo
- 730 – 8/1: BoD meeting in Kansas City, MO
- 8/21, 8/22: WMR @ Grattan (Major)
- 9/6: WMR Solo @ Grattan
- 9/24 – 10/3: Runoffs @ Indy
- 10/15 – 10/17: RallyCross Nationals in Chillicothe, OH
- 10/24: WMR Solo @ Grattan
- 10/31: MBR Covered Bridges Road Rally
- 12/3 – 12/5: BoD meeting in Kansas City, MO
Woof! This will keep me busy. See you at the track.
Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.