On the assumption that racers would rather race than qualify, at the last Laguna Regional, a new 3 race weekend experiment was tried, and it was followed up by a detailed survey of drivers and workers to see if it would be continued; The results of that survey are in. Workers almost universally liked the idea and included a lot of operational suggestions on how it could be made more efficient. Drivers gave positive reviews, but with certain Run Groups wanting to continue (Group 5 was 100% at 18-0, Group 6 was 92%, and Group 7 was 79%) and the other groups not wanting the new format. Check the official Region schedule to confirm but it looks like each group will race as they voted.
The important point here is that nobody loses track time. Time-on-track and number of sessions is unchanged whether you are running a 2 or a 3 race format: It is either P,Q1,R1, Q2,R2 (conventional 2 race format) or P,Q1,R1,R2,R3 (the new 3 race format). Note is that race credit is (as it has always been) calculated by sanction number when it comes to renewing your license with SCCA.
Thanks to Gary, we now have a revised Points Structure for RDC Members for 2013. First, only San Francisco Regional races are RDC points races. A driver must be a member of RDC prior to the end of the race weekend to be scored for that event. RDC Membership submitted and paid for prior to the end of a race weekend will be accepted for scoring in that event. All races entered during the year are counted, there are no dropped events.
Here is how points will shake out in the coming year:
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Don’t forget your RDC points count starts with the first event and this year’s Thunderhill Season Opener is a Rational. If you join during the weekend, you points will count towards the 2013 season.
All at once, the hardest but most fun decision of the year (next to selecting Scholarship Recipient) is the RDC Annual Awards, but here they are and congratulations to them all:
The Most Improved Driver goes to Jonathon Allen in his Spec Racer Ford #40 for measured improvement over the year and that epic battle at the Laguna final Regional.
For Racing Good Guy or Gal, this years award goes to Gary Corsiglia for volunteering to step up and take over RDC points scoring and tabulation. And Gary has just been made the newest member of the RDC Board.
For the RDC Worker Performance Award, Marcy Crawford is this years winner for all of her work jumping in and helping to get the RDC Enduro up and running with some semblance of order, and then staffing the event until the final flag.
And finally, for this years RDC Presidents Award, RDC President Fred Peterson and the Board selected Sheryl Streets for all of the help and kindness she displayed for the months following Fred’s Thunderhill turn 2 incident, arranging for his car to be transported and helping his wife Jinny and the family get through the recovery.
Once again a tough choice, but the RDC is pleased to award this years drivers School Scholarship to our long suffering Tech Chief, Allen Davis. Congratulations Allen, and watch for those blue flags. For all who applied, we thank you so much for you application, and especially for all of the work you do on behalf of the best Region in the country.
We’ve just opened up the Will Pool Memorial scholarship for the 2013 Drivers School for applications, and this years deadline to apply is December 1st. Check out the tab at left for information on what the RDC looks for as we read each application, as well as how to apply. As with last year, we can only offer one slot and we know many long time and worthy contributors will apply. Best of luck.
Now posted under the Points Standing tab. We’ll have the results of the RDC Enduro shortly.
It’s that time again! Check the link at the left for the newly posted supplemental regulations. By request, this year the RDC has added a special race-within-a-race UNLIMITED CLASS with it’s own set of pit stop requirements. Time to get your teams set now for the best track per minute value of the season….and at Laguna Seca
We received this note from our 2012 RDC Scholarship winner Gary Corsiglia…and Gary looked pretty quick out there.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. I can’t say it enough to the RDC board for awarding me the 2012 Drivers School Scholarship and what a fantastic time I had at Thunderhill Raceway. A physical, mental and rewarding way to spend my birthday weekend. Thank you to Mike Smith, Michell Hemus and Robert Sherod for the use of M&L Racing’s Miata #91 and keeping the car in great running condition. Thank you Bryan Nemy, co-driving student, for bringing the car off the track from the Group 1 sessions in the same condition it entered. Thank you instructors for sharing your knowledge and encouragement. Thank you fellow students for providing challenging dices during our Sunday sessions. Thanks to all the corner workers, emergency crews, for enduring the cold winds. Thank you Registration, T&S, Social, and Stewards for all that you do to allow us to race.
And finally Thank you to my wife Brigit who keeps telling me to “Go out and play in the traffic.”
See you at the track.
2012 Drivers School
Group 2 Car #91
We welcome the Spec E30 class to the San Francisco Region, and invite you to become members of the RDC. In the tab at left, we have added a link to the SpecE30.com discussion board.