Race Official and Crew Specialty Opportunities PDF Print E-mail
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Being a volunteer race official for the SCCA means many things. You find new doors opening, going places and seeing things most members only dream about.

We'd love to have you come on a tour of our crews with one of our Club Ambassadors at any Regional race and learn all about our crews while they're in action.

As a volunteer, you can be part of all our Club races at Laguna Seca, Infineon and Thunderhill Park. After training you will be eligible to work at Pro events such as ALMS, NASCAR, Trans-Am, CHAMP Car, and the world-famous Monterey Historics.

You also get the best seats in the house and a free lunch each day that you volunteer.For most events, you can bring a friend free of charge.

We also have great socials at the end of each race day with drinks, snacks and a lot of great race stories!

Our Race Official specialty groups are "families" just waiting to adopt you! You'll receive introductions, training, and assignments according to your skill and desires.

Many club volunteers have over 20 year participation records, proof positive that SCCA membership, contributions and benefits are enjoyed over the long term as well as the short term.

It's easier than you think to get started! Just fill in the information request below and check the crews in which you are interested.

Then click the Send Request button to get the wheels rolling.

A Volunteer Representative will contact to provide additional information, answer any questions and sign you up for a tour of our crews.

We're looking forward to seeing you at the races!

CREW SPECIALTIES INFORMATION REQUEST FORM

Name: *
Address:
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Day Phone:
Eve Phone:
E-mail: *
Where did you hear about SFR-SCCA?:

Please select the specialties that you are interested in:

For a brief description of each specialty, click on the individual specialty or view the Crew Specialty Descriptions.

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* = Positions that require educational or professional background, or racing experience, such that they are generally not available at an entry level.

CREW SPECIALTY DESCRIPTIONS

* ANNOUNCING - Work at race control or around the course describing action at events over the public address system. Prior experience as a race official or driver required.

COMMUNICATIONS - Communicators serve as the eyes, the ears, and the voice of Race Control at strategic locations around the race course. Communicators maintain contact with all course turns and specialties (Emergency, Grid, Sound Control, Tech, Impound) using a headset and microphone. As part of a corner team, the function of a communicator is to provide changing course status to Race Control and from Race Control to Flaggers and Turn Marshalls to assist in the maintenance of safe race conditions. Communicators will report such things as cars off course, impacts, mechanical observations, road surface conditions (oil, coolant, debris, etc.), and relay requests for tow vehicles, and medical or fire response. Communicators know and actively participate in what's happening at all times.

CONCOURS D'ELEGANCE - Volunteers at exhibitions of restored classics and race cars are responsible for registration, scoring, placing cars and judging for awards.

* DRIVER OBSERVERS - Licensed race drivers who work on corners at race/time trials, observing drivers and/or incidents and writing reports for Stewards.

EMERGENCY - Respond to emergency incidents at races, riding on tow, crash or fire trucks.

EQUIPMENT - Distribute and pickup course equipment used at races, and spread Oil Dry on the track after race cars lose oil.

GRID CONTROL - Be responsible for placing cars in numbered positions for races and monitoring driver/car safety, legality and readiness prior to all on course sessions.

* MEDICAL - Emergency medical technicians, nurses, paramedics and doctors who work at Medical Central or on course during events.

MEMBERSHIP - Set up and help manage car show booths and recruit new members at races and car show functions.

PADDOCK MARSHALS - Assist race teams in pitting properly and supervise and work on paddock and track security. As with all Volunteer specialties, take advantage of watching exciting amateur and pro racing for free!

PIT MARSHALS - Work the pit area at events to maintain security and safety.

RACE CENTRAL - Staff information booths at events and provide a clearinghouse for distribution of information. Intimate knowledge of race operations is important.

REGISTRATION - Sign-in and greet volunteers, competitors, crews, and guests for all club functions and competitions.

SAFETY MARSHALS - Be responsible for observing at the corners and/or writing reports of incidents and recording them with photographs.

SCRUTINEERS - Automobile technical inspectors who check all competition equipment for safety and compliance with rules.

SOCIAL CREW - Be responsible for distribution of volunteer official lunches at events, after-race festivities and social-hour snacks.

SOLO II (Autocross) - Each participant can work at autocrosses in registration, announcing, timing, scoring, results, tech inspection and on-course observation.

SOUND CONTROL - Administer sound meter readings of competing automobiles at road racing and time trial events.

* STARTERS - Flaggers responsible for safe starting, re-entering and finishing of race cars in competition.

TIMING & SCORING - Work electronic timing clocks and computer equipment recording lap times for automobiles in competition. Produce computerized entry lists, grid sheets and official results for each event. This is a great specialty to get started with. Family members and guests are welcome to stop by. It is also an ideal specialty for spouses and crew members of racers, to get even closer to the details and excitement of racing without actually being on the track.

TRANSPORTATION - Worker Transportation safely transport on-track race officials (communicators, flaggers, etc.) to and from their appropriate stations, at the start, lunch break, and the end of the day's racing activities. Worker transportation also assists emergency, stewards, and others with the many situations that occur during each event.

TROPHIES - Responsible for selection and presentation of trophies/awards at each event and at the Annual Awards Banquet.

TURN MARSHALS - Flaggers and quick- response personnel who work the corners at the tracks, signal drivers regarding course conditions and provide immediate response to automobiles stopped and/or disabled on the course. This is the specialty for those who want to experience the excitement of racing close-up. You can't get any closer to the action without slapping on a driver's suit and strapping in!


* = Positions that require educational or professional background, or racing experience, such that they are generally not available at an entry level.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 September 2008 )